What I Did This Past Week 05 11 2018

Why the Hiatus?

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First and foremost, thanks to those that reached out and inquired about why I haven’t posted in nearly a month. The reason being, is that I’ve been extremely busy personally and a lot of what I did had to do with de-clutter. Here’s some quick bullet points regarding what I’ve been up to since my last post on 4/13:

  • Traveled to Illinois to watch my oldest son graduate from the firefighting academy!
  • Son proposes to girlfriend (she said “Yes!”)
  • Sort through and organize LITERALLY thousands of vinyl records
  • Re-configuring my home office
  • Test and test and test and test…

Video for Automation Guild

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A month or so back, Joe Colantonio, of Test Talks as well as Guild Conferences, sent out a message asking if anyone was “open to leaving a video testimonial of some awesome results/wins you got in your automation/performance/testing efforts based on what you learned at a guild conference?”

I thought this would be a great opportunity provide feedback on what I’ve learned and why I’m such a proponent of the Guild Conferences.

If interested in viewing, click the link to view my testimonial video,” 5 Reason Why You Need To Join Guild Conferences” https://youtu.be/h2PpVg5yV0o

Wrote Test Plans: Big & Small

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If there is one thing that I learned very early on in my testing career, it’s that there is no project too small, to not have test plan. I created a couple over the last two weeks, that were somewhat identical in look, but effort to execute to plan, was much different. Your test plan gets stakeholders on the same page as to what you intend to do in your testing, how much testing will occur, and what goes on in the activities leading up to, during and post your testing effort.

Webinar:  Creating and Running API Functional Tests with BlazeMeter

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Attended webinar: Creating and Running API Functional Tests with BlazeMeter where we learned to create API Functional Tests with the new UI of BlazeMeter, where no coding is necessary.

Also discussed how to run these tests in the cloud as well as on premise, as well as discussion on how to automate these tests as part of our CI build with any CI tool.

Other topics discussed:

  • Creating different types of requests GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, DELETE, …
  • Using templates to speed up test creation
  • How to define a base URL, variables and headers for reuse throughout the entire test scenario
  • Advanced functionality like Base64 encoding strings (e.g. for authentication), URL encoding strings, random numbers and random strings
  • Testing data from CSV files, define request body from a file, and attach files to a request
  • Seamlessly switch between UI and version control friendly YAML version of test scenario
  • Import your Swagger/OpenAPI specification to create tests (?)
  • Record your test with BlazeMeter’s Chrome extension

To view the webinar, go to https://youtu.be/N-jPFigTKgs

Webinar:  How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done with Angie Jones

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Another great presentation by Angie Jones, that discussed a set of criteria a team agrees must be completed, before a feature can be considered done and how automated testing can play a part in that. The three points for automation were:

  1. Collaborate with other players
  2. Automate strategically
  3. Build incrementally

Provided were examples of DoD which included:

Acceptance Tests Identified

  • Code Committed
  • Unit Tests Passed
  • Code Peer Reviewed
  • Acceptance Tests Passed
  • Feature Documented
  • Scenarios Automated

Webinar:  Let’s Get Real About Test Automation – Using a Context-Driven Approach with Lee Barnes

Attended Webinar “Let’s Get Real About Test Automation – Using a Context-Driven Approach” presented by Lee Barnes. I’m honestly going to have to watch this again when the recording comes out, only because this was occurring during a very busy day at work, and I was getting interrupted quite a bit. The bits and pieces I got to listen to and see presented, were great.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learned why viewing test automation from a specific tool or role perspective is limiting my success.
  • Learned how to identify automation opportunities that are unique to your situation.
  • Understanding how to better develop realistic expectations and apply automation principles using a context-driven approach.

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