May 26, 2016

Webinar Notes: Dave Haeffner, "Practical Tips and Automation Tricks For Selenium Test Automation"

If you are brand new to automated browser testing and are looking someone who can provide some hand holding, there is no better instructor than Dave Haeffner.

Dave gave yet another wonderful talk on automated testing, sponsored by Sauce Labs.

From Sauce Labs:

"Want to learn how to use Selenium like a Pro? Join Dave Haeffner - author of The Selenium Guidebook - as he steps through the best and most useful tips & tricks from his weekly Selenium tip newsletter (Elemental Selenium)".

"Topics covered include:
  • "Headless test execution
  • "Testing HTTP status codes
  • "Blacklisting third-party content
  • "Load testing
  • "Broken image checking
  • "Testing "forgot password"
  • "Working with A/B testing
  • "File downloads
  • "Additional debugging output
  • "Visual testing & cross-browser testing"

Slides have been shared via SlideShare:

... The only problem I found with Dave's Elemental Selenium newsletter: Too much Ruby and not enough Java.

We use Selenium WebDriver 2 with Java for our automated browser tests at work. I can't just rip off or steal or copy or borrow or repurpose his code without much modification like I do on StackOverflow.

Hrm... I discovered like almost everything else worthwhile, code examples for Dave's Elemental Selenium tips are on GitHub!

It would be good practice for me to go over his code repository, find a chapter lesson that only lists only a Ruby example, and rewrite an example in Java.

This should be fun! Other than my fun little "weekend work" projects, I haven't made updates to anything besides Fitbit-Boston's test automation framework.

This should be fun! I think I found my next fun weekend work project!

Happy Testing!

-T.J. Maher
Sr. QA Engineer,

// QA Engineer since Aug. 1996
// Automation developer for [ 1 ] year and still counting!


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