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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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Taking pride in your work

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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Our first JavaScript 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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