Solution Development in Python, Part 1

It’s been awhile since I tackled anything too traditionally “technical.” Lately I’ve encountered many testers who are interested in using Python as their ecosystem of choice for test solutions, particularly in data science or machine learning environments. So here I’ll talk about being a test solution developer in a Python context and what it means to create solutions in this ecosystem.

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WebDriver in JavaScript with Promises

As a tester wanting to write test tools in the JavaScript context, you have to get used to the concepts of callbacks and promises. This is one area that is very different from other programming languages when considering automation. So let’s talk a bit about that.

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JavaScript with Selenium WebDriver and Mocha

I talked previously about using Selenium WebDriver in the context of JavaScript. There I used Jasmine as a test runner for Selenium. Here I want to expand on this by using the arguably more popular Mocha as well as get into more depth on automation construction.

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Writing Test Solutions with JavaScript: Testing Browser Apps

If you look at the JavaScript test tool ecosystem, you will find it’s generally quite large. But you will see the same tool names pop up fairly regularly. The decisions actually fall along some fairly simple and standard lines. In this post I want to show you at least some of your choices and then apply those choices to testing against a web application.

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Writing Test Solutions with JavaScript: Mocha and Chai

In this post, I want to cover using two particular libraries as part of the JavaScript testing ecosystem. I’ll be very briefly covering Mocha and Chai. I tend to use these quite a bit and will likely do so in future posts. This post will thus serve as a brief introduction to the tools along with a working example.

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Writing Test Solutions with JavaScript: Starting Out

As many of my readers my know, or have figured out, I’ve been a fan of the Ruby language for quite some time and I’ve used it to construct some of my own open source testing solutions. I’m now actively pursuing JavaScript as my potential test ecosystem of choice. In a few upcoming posts, I’ll talk about this journey with practical examples. This first post starts things off by getting you up and running with a few possible JavaScript technologies.

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DevOps and the Tester: Provision with Chef Server

In a previous post I introduced you to provisioning an infrastructure with Chef using a standalone component called Chef Solo. In this post, I’m going to expand significantly on that example and cover how to use Chef in the more common scenario, which is using Chef Client to talk with a Chef Server.

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DevOps and the Tester: Provision with Chef Solo

Many testers are working in a DevOps context now or soon will be. This context is often about making a new environment available (virtualization) or taking an environment and making sure it has everything needed (provisioning). Usually these two go hand-in-hand. Here I’m going to show you one of the simplest possible ways to do this using one component of Chef. Make no mistake about it: this kind of automation is critical for the modern tester to learn.

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