In just the past few years, the software testing industry has changed drastically. I started this blog as a way for me to keep up. I found myself taking copious amounts of notes when I started interviewing for automated development positions, and wanted a place to store them. A place to motivate me to keep on putting in the hours needed in order to research and study these new technologies.
I'm Thomas F. Maher, Jr ("T.J."), a Software Quality Assurance Engineer since 1996, and I finally made the leap from manual to automated testing to software engineer in test. Although I had a BSCS / Theater minor from Bridgewater State and a Masters of Software Engineering from Brandeis, coding hasn't been a focal point of his career -- until fairly recently. I finally entered the field of automation development at Fitbit-Boston, spending two years writing the automation test framework for their shopping cart. I am now at Good Start Genetics, brainstorming with other Software Engineer in Tests to build out automation frameworks for their software systems there. I blog about what I have been learning, what skills I have been picking up, how they do things with automation. Even though I am a full time developer, being quite new at it, I still need to practice.
I am a former gung-ho assistant organizer (2008 - 2010) for the Nerd Fun Meetup group, once running four or five events a week, going to lectures technological, scientific and historical all around the Cambridge / Boston area. I met my wife through the group, and we still bounce around Boston with friends that we have made there.
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