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Tools – Sites For Practising Automation

The best way to learn to code is to just write code. And coding for automation is no different. The trouble is, to test your code and experiment, you’ll need sites that you can actually run the code against. Using your favourite blog sites, forums or online shops can work, and for learning the basics,…
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Taking pride in your work

Tuesday Tip Day – Handling File Downloads

It’s a common misconception that when writing automated tests using Selenium, that anything that happens outside of a browser window or the scope of the application, can’t be tested and there’s no way to deal with it. This can sometimes be the case but more often than not, there will be a way to handle…
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Mistakes that make you facepalm

Mistakes – Are Your Automated Tests Really Testing?

There’s a great deal of satisfaction to be had from seeing a consistently green dashboard for your automated testing, the business think the testers are writing good, reliable tests and their software is free of issues. The trouble is, it’s not that difficult to get a tests that pass all the time if you’re not actually…
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Taking pride in your work

Tuesday Tip Day – Turn Off JavaScript

Sometimes when designing a website or web application, it’s important to try and plan for the different kind of visitors that will be visiting your site. One of the more troublesome visitors you might get is someone who has their JavaScript turned off within their browser, either due to their security software, or just being…
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Git – What Is It?

One of the many technologies that you will encounter in the world of test automation and coding in general is version control, and one of the most common forms of that and one you’re most likely to use is Git. And for good reason too. In the modern world of coding, there is simply no…
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Taking pride in your work

Tuesday Tip Day – WebDriver Screenshots

As part of a new series of articles for the site, I’m going to post a brief article containing a random tip for improving your automation skillset, from Selenium to Powershell. In this first week, we’re going to look at taking screenshots in Selenium WebDriver tests, which can be extremely useful for providing evidence for…
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Our first JavaScript framework

Framework – Your First Framework – Part 4

In part three, we added some core functionality to our framework in the form of window handling and dispose methods to clear up after ourselves. We also looked at adding some basic Javascript functionality to invoke scripts on our pages. So far we have the very basics of a framework, and we could if we…
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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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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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