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Taking pride in your work

Tip – Take Pride in What You Do

Normally, these articles in the ‘Tip’ series are technical in nature and give you useful tips to help you in your tests or frameworks. However, occasionally I like to try and give tips or advice in areas that are not technical, but still aim to help you become a better automation tester through an improved…
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Our first JavaScript framework

Framework – Creating a JavaScript Framework – Part 1

In the previous articles in the Framework series, we showed how to create a simple framework using C# that provided all the tools for writing clean and simple Selenium WebDriver tests. In this next mini-series, we’re going to do the same, but in JavaScript, to show the differences in structure and setup, but also to…
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Mental Health Awareness – Learning

I wanted to publish this article last week, but the birth of my daughter kept me far too occupied and busy (mostly just sat staring at her sleeping, they’re so cute though, right?) First off, I want to say that this article is in no way trying to jump on the bandwagon of mental health…
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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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Taking pride in your work

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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