Category Archives: automation

Test design: write tests with proper console output to easily identify failure reasons

When automated test are running, they are either running on your own machine (when you write them or run them to check something), or in your CI.

When you run the test on your machine, if there are failures, it might be easy for you to look at what is running (if you have some visual tests, that interact with either browsers or apps on your machine). You can just rerun a failed test and visually inspect for failure reasons. But, if tests are running on a CI machine, visual inspection is either very difficult or even impossible. You might not have access to connect to that machine, or to see how tests are being run. Continue reading Test design: write tests with proper console output to easily identify failure reasons

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The tester’s daily dilemma: my automated tests fail because of the test environment. What can i do?

Automated tests. They are there, and they need to be run. On a test environment. By you. You wrote them in a way that they should be reliable, when the features under test work as designed.

But each day you run the same tests on the same test environment, and they fail. Not because the feature under test is not working properly. No. Because of external factors, and by external i mean: hardware issues, network issues, other services that are underlying to your own but are not in your control. And to make it an even more awesome experience, each day you the run the tests, they fail when performing a different step than the one they were performing the day before when they failed. Continue reading The tester’s daily dilemma: my automated tests fail because of the test environment. What can i do?

My STPCon 2017 experience

A few months ago i got a very nice surprise. The organizers of the STPCon conference had accepted two of the talks i submitted to their call for proposals. So, i got a fantastic opportunity to talk at this conference i had heard a lot about, and the chance to visit a beautiful city, namely Washington.  Continue reading My STPCon 2017 experience

Checking whether an image is broken with HttpClient

Let’s say you have a task to check whether a certain image is broken on your page. In case of a broken image, instead of it being rendered properly on the page in your browser, you will see a suggestive icon, like an X or something similar (depending on the browser), suggesting that it’s broken.  Continue reading Checking whether an image is broken with HttpClient

Removing all digits, non-digits, whitespaces (from Strings) and other usages of replaceAll

Some tasks will require you to replace all occurrences of certain Strings from other Strings with something else, based on a pattern. Or remove all those occurrences. For example, maybe you want to only keep the numeric characters of a String. Or remove all numeric characters. Or maybe remove all white spaces. For this, the replaceAll method comes in handy. Continue reading Removing all digits, non-digits, whitespaces (from Strings) and other usages of replaceAll

Identify the OS tests are running on with os.Name or SystemUtils

In order to make your tests OS agnostic, sometimes, you need to create some additional logic to handle OS specifics. For example, if you are running Selenium tests, on a browser, you want the test to run on all OSs, not just one, and start the browser instance corresponding to the OS the tests run on.

For that, you need to first identify what OS the tests run on. That can be done either by creating your own OS detection code, using the os.name system property, or by importing an existing class that does the work for you, named SystemUtils.   Continue reading Identify the OS tests are running on with os.Name or SystemUtils

Using Maven checkstyle in your project to help adhere to coding standards

Coding standards are something both automating testers and developers should adhere to. Pretty obvious right? Maybe not that obvious might be some of the rules you should follow when writing the code for your tests. Checkstyle is here to help in standardizing your code, so that you can get an early feedback regarding code improvements (earlier than the code review step anyway).  It allows you to define a set of basic coding rules that must be followed in your project, and it gives you the opportunity to make your builds fail if someone breaks those rules. This post addresses using checkstyle from a Maven project, by means of the dedicated Maven plugin that you need to declare in your project. Continue reading Using Maven checkstyle in your project to help adhere to coding standards