Plans for 2013

It’s time to set some goals for the coming year, 2013.

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Changing work schedule
Last year we noticed that there are coming a lot of requests in the area of test automation. Therefore, my employer and myself have decided to change my work schedule. From now on, I will work 4 days at the same client and I will have 1 flexible day (which I can spend with other clients). Personally I like this change very much, because I get the ability to work in other environments as well.

Special Development Program (SDP)
A selective group of Polteq employees are selected for SDP. I’m one of them… 🙂 This consists of a curriculum of a wide scale of trainings, both soft skills and hard skills. We will spend 65 evenings together (till March 2014) to learn a lot of new things to become a better consultant. It”s a great opportunity to learn so many things in such a short period of time.

Blog
I aim for a weekly or biweekly post in 2013. Those posts will cover my experiences and things I learned on the job and in the Special Development Program. This also gives me the ability to look back and reflect what I have done and learned.

Selenium/WebDriver trainings
Also in 2013 I will work as a trainer to spread my knowledge about Selenium/WebDriver and test automation in general. I hope we will gain a lot of new Selenium/WebDriver enthusiastics. Probably I will also be involved in development of other technical courses.

Articles and conferences
Furthermore, I like to attend some conferences (like: Testnet.org, EuroStar) and write some articles to well-known magazines/websites (like: TestingExperience and SoftwareTestingClub.com).

Personal changes
But the best thing for the coming year is that we are going to have our first child 🙂 That means that I will work half days for 4 weeks, so I can spend some quality time with my wife and the baby.

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EuroStar conferentie 2012

In this post I like to look back at EuroStar Conference 2012. I was lucky this year, because I won a free EuroStar ticket from Software Testing Club! I had to win a contest where we had to invite as many friends as possible. I was happily surprised that they contact ~ME~ in the end. In this post I will write down all those things I remembered the best.

Wednesday, 7th November

Performance Testing of a Road Tolling System by Siegfried Goeschl
I was impressed by how the South-African government wasted so much money. They implemented and tested one of the world largest road tolling system, but never used it (well they use it, but for free). In the end, Siegfried presented a very good case study on how to performance test such massive system.

Testing of Cloud Services; The Approach: From Risks to Test Measures by Kees Blokland and Jeroen Mengerink
Another buzzword this conference was: The Cloud. Polteq had the opportunity to introduce a list with new concerns and risks and show how to mitigate them with tests or test-related measures. In the presentation they shared examples of these concerns and risks. The result was a very interesting presentation with a lot of clear examples.

Why Every System Test Department Should Have a Test Developer (Or Two…) by Kristoffer Nordström
Kristoffer clarified the role description of a Test Developer. He described the skill-set needed to be a Test Developer. Basically you will need both testing and development skills. (It should be someone who can talk with developers and testers). With a Test Developer in your team you have someone who can: do development (for tools), implement test automation, compile open source tools, reproduce complicated bugs and perform non-functional testing. (Looks like my daily tasks :))

Thursday, 8th November

Selenium Over the Years by Simon Stewart
Simon was talking about the history of Selenium back in the days when Web 1.0 ruled the world. He also mentioned all the difficulties we(they) have with different browsers. I remember one of his statements very well:

If you are testing web applications you need to be able to code, if not become a specialist so you can add value in a different area.

I think he’s right, because how can you test something properly, if you have no idea of how it is made.

Testing is Evolving. But Where Is The Evidence? by Andy Glover
Andy works in a highly regulated environment, providing evidence for all the things that are tested is part of his job. Andy explained that recording videos of every test execution is a way of collecting evidence. The advantage is that all the actions performed are recorded. However the disadvantage might be that there is less focus on the side-effects.

Testing the API Behind a Mobile App by Marc van ‘t Veer
Polteq was privileged to supply two tracks at EuroStar Conference. Marc presented a practical case study and explained what the benefits are of having an API behind a mobile App. He also described the additional risks we have to deal with. He emphasized that much more technical skills are needed when you need to test an API.

Test Lab – Coin Game
This time Bart Knaack (Test Lab founder) presented the Coin Game (I think Michael Bolton couldn’t make it). He had two hands full of coins and evaluated each coin. Each coin passed or failed an “unknown criteria. It was up to the delegates to guess the ”unknown” criteria were. The goal of this game was to determine a pattern within a big group of ”data” by asking exploratory questions.

Exhibitors
Kalistick they have a tool which can perform run-time code analysis. This means that you can get code coverage insights while executing manual or automated tests.
Telerik they have an App which allows you to do free record-and-playback Web Application testing.

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