Overview In this screencast I walk you through doing basic browser setup and automation using a free technology stack: Visual Studio 2010 Express, the WebAii Testing Framework from Telerik, C#, and MbUnit/Gallio. Why this stack you ask? Well, what I’m showing you is a FREE, non-trial, stepping stone to help you do a proof a concept with some leading edge tools in .NET without forking out the money.
One thing that we struggle with in our department is helping those who are interested in doing automation explore the possibility while aligning with technologies the development team is using. The problem is the initial cost of Microsoft’s Visual Studio and Telerik’s WebUi Test Studio (which uses the WebAii API) is far to much for somebody that is just tinkering (greater than $5000). This technology stack enables you to tinker, but keep in mind you will be missing out on a LOT of features and productivity enablers that come with the product that you pay for. For example with WebUi Test Studio Developer Edition you can get Visual Studio integration which gives recording functionality (a huge productivity enabler) and with Visual Studio Pro the ability to use WebUI project templates, advanced debugging, etc. Ideally, once you’ve proven out your POC for management you would be able to solicit for the funds for the full product, which in turn would open up another world of collaboration and productivity.
Zeljko Filipin has put together a site to that encompasses many testing related audio podcasts at TestingPodcast.com. It’s amazing to see how audio podcasts have grown in the last year within the testing community. QA and testing voices are literally heard, and that’s pretty cool.
Stay tuned to TestingPodcasts.com and you’ll be sure to hear my monotone voice in the next month or so. If you’re a true fan you’ve heard it already in my testing screencasts 🙂
Overview In this screencast learn the art of trimming browsers from a browser compatibility test list by knowing your users, understanding how the browser works, OS & browser facts versus misconceptions, and grouping browsers by common component versions to remove redundancy. This screencast will you help you trim your browser compatibility list and feel confident about it (duration: 44 min. 28 sec.).
I’ve realized the beauty of screencasts at work recently. About a month ago I spent a week and half giving a training presentation 6 times to train the whole QA team at GoDaddy. After presentation #2 I was bored and felt like a programmed robot. Recently, I decided that screencasting might be a better way of training so many people, so I did one. Success or failure is still to be determined, but I really like the idea of being able to show people how to do something rather than explain in it with a ton of words and expect them to venture out on their own and remember what I told them.
Me: Why not carry that thinking into this blog? You: Great idea Brent! Me: Do you really think so? Thanks! You: Don’t fail me. Me: Bite me. You want it or not?
I’m adding a “Testing Screencasts” category. Get ready to do some watching and listening. I’ll start small, until I gain some screencasting mojo.