Automation

Podcast and Ask Me Anything

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Interested in hearing me talk about test automation, test management and more? Well, it’s your lucky week! Listen to me chat about all things software testing with Gem Hill on the “Let’s talk about tests, baby” podcast. This episode is called Testers are the canary down the coalmine. I had so much fun chatting to […]

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Testcast is back for a second season

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After a long hiatus, we’re back! Testcast season 2, episode 1 is up now, with your favourite fast-talking Aussie duo discussing “random” test failures. Recording podcasts across different timezones has been an interesting challenge – it means Bruce wakes up early and goes into his recording studio (read: granny flat by the pool), while I […]

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Eliminate boring testing: Automating visual comparison

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Recently I found myself in a familiar testing situation – a developer had made a change to a feature that required testing by visual comparison. Hours of tedious, repetitive manual testing awaited me. Campaign Monitor is a web app that allows users to import an HTML page and send it as an email to a […]

Automation

Giving tests a second chance

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If you’ve ever maintained a large suite of GUI automated tests, then you’re probably familiar with this scenario: You run your suite overnight and everything passes except for a couple of tests which fail unexpectedly. When you re-run them, they pass. These “random failures” cause your suite to look less than reliable, and you find […]

Automation

Go faster! Linking data generation to hotkeys

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Sometimes testing is like pouring a bucket of confetti on a snow leopard. Have you ever tried pouring a bucket of confetti on a snow leopard? Probably not, but now that the thought occurs to you, don’t you really want to know what happens? That’s like testing – you want to know what happens when […]

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Automating in Gherkin syntax with Specflow

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I’m quite a fan of Gherkin’s Given-When-Then syntax for test cases, so I was pleased to discover Specflow. Specflow is a .NET implementation of Gherkin, with complete integration with Visual Studio. Steve Sanderson’s blog post describes it most excellently, and is essential reading if you plan on using Specflow. I recommend that you have a […]