SauceCon Speaker Profile - Dave Haeffner

Posted Jan 23rd, 2019

This article was originally published on, and is the first in a series  highlighting speakers at SauceCon 2019. SauceCon brings together the global community of Sauce Labs users and continuous testing experts to learn from each other and level up their automated testing and continuous delivery skills. This year’s event will be held April 23-25 in Austin, Texas.


SauceCon speaker Dave Haeffner says that he dabbles in Selenium—but it might be more accurate to say he eats, sleeps and breathes it. In fact, Dave is the writer of the Elemental Selenium tip newsletter that’s read by thousands of testing professionals, as well as the creator and maintainer of the-internet (an open-source web app that's perfect for writing automated tests against), author of The Selenium Guidebook, and an active member of the Selenium project.

Dave Haeffner will present at SauceCon on how you can learn to love record and playback.

Believe it or not with that background, Dave stumbled into automated software testing circa 2009 with Selenium IDE. He was a network engineer who didn't have a background in programming or software testing. He and his new teammates eventually evolved their automation practice into a test harness written in Ruby (in fact: they were Sauce Labs' first Ruby customer!). Now, Dave considers himself fortunate enough to be paid to work full-time on open-source software—Selenium IDE in particular.

The Sauce Labs team is fortunate to have Dave present again at SauceCon 2019. At this year’s event, Dave is on a mission to break the stereotype that record and playback is a bad thing. He used to believe it, too—but wants to help squash the stigma. In this talk, Dave will show examples of how Selenium IDE can reliably augment and level-up your testing practice regardless of your team’s test automation maturity or your level of technical experience. Dave says “If people take away just one thing from my talk, it’s that record and playback with Selenium IDE is worth a shot.”

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Outside of work, Dave spends time with his wife and daughter, exploring the new city they call home (Tel Aviv). He also enjoys learning and practicing Hebrew.

You can hear from Dave and more than 30 other expert speakers at SauceCon 2019, the third-annual Sauce Labs user conference. To see a full list of presentations or to register, visit the SauceCon website.

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Rebecca Cramer