March 2, 2016

Automation Development Experience: Level Up!

[ T.J. Maher has reached Automation Development Experience: Level 1]

* ding! *

I can't believe I have now been an automated developer for a whole year!

I've had some experience executing before my current position executing other people's automation scripts. I've done lot of coursework with Alan Richardson's Selenium 2 with WebDriver. There is no substitute, though, for on-the-job experience, especially at the breakneck pace we are working at.

When I started off at my job, the Sr. Automation Engineer gave myself and another QA resource three weeks of private instruction for the next on how Selenium WebDriver / Java was used. Within just seven months I went from writing automated tests to writing an automated test framework. And just last month, I started writing API tests.

I owe a lot of my success in automation to this blog. I asked permission early on to blog about the automation code I am writing. As long as I just focus on the automation, it's fine. To deepen my understanding of what I am doing, I've been able to come up with little side projects, posting my code in my portfolio at GitHub.  So far, I've done:

Are you an experienced automation developer? I was wondering if you could take the time to look at a few of the projects I have been working on and review the code? I'm still at the stage where because I don't have experience backing me up, I am just making it up as I go along. If you have the time, I would love to get your advise!

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I am looking forward to the next twelve months. Who knows what fun projects I will encounter? All I know is that when it comes to writing automation, I am having the time of my life! 

Happy Testing! 

-T.J. Maher
 Sr. QA Engineer, Fitbit
 Boston, MA

// Automated tester for [ 1 ] year and counting!

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