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LearnAutomation is a Year Old

Happy birthday to us! The site is officially one year old! The site has seen some slow and steady progress with over 50 articles now on the site and for anyone that has been a regular visitor, thank you, and even if you’re a first time or irregular visitor, thank you all the same. What’s…
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Testing trends

Selenium – Headless Webdriver Tests

Selenium WebDriver tests will no doubt make up a massive part of most modern UI test automation suites, and for good reason. It’s arguably the best tool out there for the job and it’s incredibly easy to use and it will integrate with just about any language. Due to its ease of use, building a…
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Mistakes that make you facepalm

Mistakes – The Dreaded Tech Test

Whether you’re applying for your first role in test automation, or you’re a seasoned veteran who’s on his fiftieth contract position, having to do a technical test is just part of the process when going through an interview. Technical tests are a necessary evil, they filter out those who lie about or exaggerate their experience…
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Tuesday Tip Day – Debugging Failing Tests and Closed Browsers

Ok…so it’s not exactly Tuesday in the UK at the time of writing this, but in Australia, it is technically Tuesday already so I’m going with that! This is a very simple tip, but one that might save people a lot of frustration. I’m sure you’ve been in this situation before, your test is failing…
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Tools – Visual Studio Community 2019 and C# 8

In one of my earlier articles, I talked about ways to code for free and the best tools for the job. One of those tools was Visual Studio Community edition, which is a fully featured version of Visual Studio, all for free. At the risk of sounding older than I am, back in the day…
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Testing trends

Trends – The Return of Codeless Automation

In my first ever test automation role, I was introduced to a tool called QTP which my team had used to bodge a very crude framework written in Visual Basic. Alongside their coded tests, they had a suite of tests that were used by QTP’s record and playback tool. Even at this infant stage of…
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Mistakes that make you facepalm

Mistakes – Like Riding a Bike…

There comes a point in your progression of learning to code where you start to feel comfortable, almost complacent. While you acknowledge you’re far from the best coder and there’s plenty you don’t know yet, you feel comfortable enough in your ability and what you do know that you might feel tempted to stop learning…
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Selenium Locators

Selenium – XPath Unleashed Part One

In one of the first articles on the site, I talked about locators and how to use them. In that article, I talked about how XPath locators can be horrible to use, this article title aside, they most definitely can be horrible. However, use them in the right way and they can be one of…
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Tuesday Tip Day – Multiple Asserts with Nunit

Ok so it’s not technically Tuesday, but I’m only a day late and besides, Wednesday Tip Day doesn’t quite work. So todays tip is all about how to deal with tests that might have multiple asserts. You might be thinking that it really isn’t something that requires a tip, as it’s just a case of…
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We’re Still Alive!

If you’re a regular visitor to the site, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. I know it’s been a really long time since the last update, which I can only apologize for. There are reasons for this and I’ll try and cover the main ones: Motivation – Honesty is key,…
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