Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Black Ops Testing Workshop January 2015 Report

I updated the site to include information on the Black Ops Testing Workshop from January 2015.

This was a hands on, practical workshop which provides a good set of challenges and opportunities to participants.

You can read my write up.

Also, one of the participants, Duncan Nisbet wrote about his experience on the workshop.

I also summarised some API testing notes over on eviltester.com.

This is the type of workshop that we can offer onsite to your teams. So contact me if this is something you would like to offer to your staff.


Speaking at Test Automation Day 2015

I will be presenting a Keynote at the Test Automation Day on 18th June 2015.

The audience appears to be a mix of practitioners and managers which is useful since I plan to talk about my experiences of automation from a perspective of a practitioner, and as a manager.

I know what it is like to be a practitioner who is managed by people with no automation experience, so I plan to offer advice from my experience on how to help those managers.

Similarly, I'll include advice for those managers, on how to deal with and recruit, the automation practitioners:

  • without putting irrelevant overhead in their way
  • without being bamboozled and led down the wrong path

I'll also delve into my experience to provide as many practical examples as I can on simple steps to take to 'get' or 'keep' your automation working, focused and improving.

It should be fun to pull out lessons from stories of my mistakes. And I'm sure I'll learn from revisiting those experiences.

Site Refresh January 2015

I gave the site a quick refresh in January.

I have been looking at static site generators: Hugo, DocPad.

But neither of them went quite as far as I wanted them to, and I didn't want to have to perform a large migration effort.

Instead I refreshed the look and feel of the site a little.

Since this site uses completely homegrown code, and has evolved over the years as I've worked on it, it has a fairly good separation between domain, content and presentation. by this I mean I model the entities for the site as objects e.g. conference, book review, etc. Then there are content pages which describe this. And then there is a template presentation layer.

If I manage to make this separation clean enough then migrating to other systems should be simpler, but I've done enough that it doesn't look too 1990's but still meets my needs of being easy to add content to.

While I don't recommend this custom approach to anybody, it does have the benefit that I keep my hand in with CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JSON, XML, Data Modelling, PHP etc.

And if you do ever have to do this, I found the FTP Folder comparison features of Beyond Compare essential.