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Appium - What Is it?

Appium – What Is It?

As our phones and tablets become more and more powerful, the possibilities for the apps that we can develop for them gets bigger all the time. Because of this, mobile testing is becoming more and more important, and a skill that software testers are almost expected to have. This means that there is an increasing…
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Free sites to practise your skills

Tools – Code For Free

If you’re learning to code at work using software or tools covered by company licenses, then you might not be aware of just how much some development tools can cost. A Visual Studio license can cost in the thousands of pounds for the best version. This can often put people off from trying to learn…
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Design Pattern - Factory

Design Pattern – Factory

So far in our Design Pattern series, we have learnt about the Page Object Model and Facade and how they can be used within test automation. Both of which have their pros and cons, and both have situations where one is better suited than the other. In part three, we’re going to learn about another commonly…
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Be a better automation tester

Tip – Be a Better Automation Tester

Being an automation tester these days is great, you own (or are learning) a skillset that is very much in demand. From start ups to large established tech companies, everyone wants what you can offer. But because of this, more and more people are going the route of automation and teaching themselves these skills. Which…
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Creating our framework

Framework – Your First Framework – Part 3

In part two, we created the foundation of our framework, by setting up the classes that allow us to setup and dispose of our driver instances. But we’re not going to be doing much in the way of testing by just opening an empty window and closing it. Next, we’re going to create some wrapper…
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Testing trends

Trends – The Demand for Automation and The Risk for Testing

The demand for automation skills when hiring testers has increased dramatically in the time I’ve been involved in the industry. Back when I started, it was a “nice to have” skill set that would at most be listed under the desired skills but never the list of required. Now though, it’s rare to see a…
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Best Practise

Best Practises – Naming Standards Part Two

Part one saw us learn about good and bad naming for variables and method names, and the type of rules you should follow when deciding on names. In part two, we’re going to expand upon the naming standards for methods. Having a good method name is a start, but you need to take in to…
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Creating our framework

Framework – Your First Framework Part 2

In part one, we built our Driver factory class that will allow us to create an instance of a browser driver, depending on the parameter we passed in. This was an important first step, as without this we would have to manually create our browser instance in our tests themselves. By doing it this way,…
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Be a better automation tester

Tip – Avoid Being on the Defensive

Writing code can be a hugely satisfying exercise. When you’ve finally cracked the solution to that problem you’ve been trying to solve for hours or even days, and the code just flows from your fingertips, it can leave you with a great sense of achievement and confidence. And rightly so.  Unfortunately, however, the reality of…
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Design Pattern - Factory

Design Pattern – Facade

In the last article of this series, we learnt how to write tests using the Page Object Model design pattern. It allowed us to create a test with minimal code, keeping all the actions and element interactions in our page object class itself. This works brilliantly with web applications that have no set journey they…
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