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Book Review – Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual

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John Sonmez: The hardest working man in the dev business

I first learned about John Sonmez when I stumbled onto his excellent PluralSight course on Selenium Test Automation. Since then, I’ve become hooked on all his digital content — his other PluralSight courses, podcasts, blog posts and YouTube videos.

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HP UFT – UFT 11.53 Critical Patch 5 Released

HP QTP, Service Test, LoadRunner Patch

HP UFT Critical Patch Release

Good news for HP UFT 11.53 test engineers, last week HP released patch 5 for UFT 11.53. This patch supersedes the previous UFT_00106 Browser Certification patch for UFT.

What’s new

  • Support for Chrome 39 and 40(beta)
  • Firefox 34 and 35(beta)

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What my Mom Taught me About Life and Software Testing

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What my mom taught me about life and software testing

My mother passed away this week after fighting a progressively debilitating disease for many years.

The past several days have been a time of reflection for me, not only due to the loss of my mom, but because year end is a time when most of us reflect about the year that is ending and beginning planning for the year to come.

My mother taught me many things about life, instilling principles that have made me not only a better person but also a better test automation engineer. As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to share a few of those things with you.

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TestComplete 10.5 Embraces Open-Source Tools: Two New Features You’re Going to Love

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TestComplete 10.5 Release

A few days ago, SmartBear released TestComplete version 10.5, which includes two new features that will make its users’ Christmas very merry.

I recently interviewed Masha Kozinets, the director of product management for TestComplete, and Jeffrey Martin, a sales engineer. We discussed all the new features in the latest version of TestComplete, so if you want to learn about all the latest updates don’t miss TestTalks episode 32.

The top two new features that really caught my attention were TestComplete’s ability to now integrate with Selenium, and its enhanced support for unit testing.

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Fiddler – Getting Started with Fiddler

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Debugging with Fiddler

This week it was an honor to have on my TestTalks podcast Eric Lawrence, the creator of Fiddler. For those of you that aren’t aware, Fiddler is a tool that allows you to monitor, manipulate and reuse HTTP requests. Fiddler does many things that allow you to debug website issues, and with one of its many extensions you can accomplish even more.

Some things you might want to use Fiddler for:

  • Troubleshooting issues with your web application
  • Security testing
  • Performance evaluations
  • Debugging web traffic from most computers and devices

Let’s take a look at how to install Fiddler and also review some of its keys features. (For more Fiddler awesomeness, be sure to check out my TestTalks interview with Eric in episode 31.)

Let’s install Fiddler and take it for a quick spin.

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BDD – Serenity now! Thucydides is now Serenity

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Thucydides is now Serenity

After using Thucydides for around a year and training multiple teams across our organization, the number one struggle I experienced was getting everyone to pronounce “Thucydides” correctly. Last week I find out that there has been a rebranding effort.

Henceforth, Thucydides will be known as Serenity.

This is a welcome change, because no matter how hard I tried to educate the team, few people could actually pronounce “Thucydides.” In fact, the creator of Thucydides has said that the main reason for the name change was that “primarily, ‘Serenity’ is easier for people to pronounce and remember, so it is easier for people to talk about it.”

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A few months back I made a major update to The UFT API Testing Manifesto. The newer version now includes three new chapters:

  • BPT
  • Performance Testing
  • Debugging

I also added many new sections, corrections and an appendix on how to create your own web service.

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Discover the benefits of testing Legacy code

Testing Legacy Code

Discover the benefits of testing Legacy code

Are you working on a project that needs to test older Legacy applications? Do you feel that your skills are being wasted on older technology? No worries! Your position might actually have more benefits than you would get if you were on a completely new Greenfield project.

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Selenium and IE – Getting Them to Work Together

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Selenium and IE

Most blog posts and help forums will tell you to avoid testing against Internet Explorer at all costs. I tend to agree, but if you’re like me it’s simply not an option.

Due to the nature of my work, not only must I run against IE, but it’s the only browser our application supports, so there’s no way around it.

If you’re working under similar circumstances, you may be struggling with how to make your tests more reliable against IE. I recently spoke with Jim Evans, the guy behind the Selenium.Net bindings and the IEDriver to ask him about this very issue.

There are a number of interesting things I gleaned from my recent TestTalks podcast episode 28 on how to succeed with Selenium and IE. Here are some highlights from my conversation with Jim:

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Review – Test Automation with CodedUI

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How to use Microsoft CodedUI

Do you need to automate both browser-based and Windows-based applications? Not sure what tool to use? I think one of the most overlooked tools for test automation is Microsoft CodedUI.

In my experience there are limited resources available that help people learn CodedUI, which is why I was excited when I came across Marcel de Vries’ Pluralsight Course, Test Automation with CodedUI.

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