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I am currently a QA lead at Nike, leading a team of 4 in manual and automated testing efforts.

Prior to Nike, I was at Webtrends for 2+ years, and prior to that was at Microsoft for 13 years. During my time at Microsoft my responsibilities evolved from test planning and manual testing on various projects to --> writing automation and overseeing manual testing efforts from vendors to --> Developing automation tools and processes for the Windows Live organization including a web UI automation framework and a test result reporting platform as well as other smaller tools. At Webtrends I was the most senior automation engineer and was responsible for creating and executing on an automation plan for the company. We went from no automation to significant coverage via UI automation for both of our legacy products as well as near 100% web service automation for one of our new products. In addition, I created performance test suites for 3 products and was involved in hiring 5 additional developers in test for the company.


Feb
25
comment Selenium IDE newbie - click on button not working .net
When you said "doesn't work" do you mean nothing happens, or an exception occurs? It could be an issue of an incorrect css identifier, but we don't have the button html to see if that is the case. Can you include the page's html, or the relevant part of it? We could then create css, xpath or alternative identifiers for you that would work.
Feb
19
comment SQL “sandbox” for new QA staff training: DB structure, approach, deployment and maintenance?
As for SQL vs Oracle, the concepts are going to be pretty much identical, however there are a number of differences in the syntax and built in functions: dba-oracle.com/oracle_news/…
Feb
11
comment Parse .htaccess credentials in Internet Explorer
You may want to include information about what sort of tests you are running, what tool you are using to execute them, etc.
Jan
31
comment Is there load/stress testing software that can be used for Ajax calls?
As user246 stated, they are just HTTP requests initiated by JavaScript. You can use a tool like fiddler, httpwatch or firebug's network tab to view the requests that get sent and then re-create those requests in jmeter or whatever tool you want to use.
Jan
29
comment What are the options for automated testing of screen reader in Web apps?
I recently also found this resource: a11yproject.com
Jan
28
comment What are some small, standalone or web applications for test new QA staff on?
Are you talking about using these in the hiring process before extending an offer?
Jan
28
comment Does anyone know of an automation tool that will perform actions on sending or receiving of an email?
Yep, you should definitely be able to do this under a CI server, you can either use SMTP (may be able to use the one your IT department already uses, if that is what they use) or you can go the route of using a gmail account, instructions in my first comment's link.
Jan
25
comment Does anyone know of an automation tool that will perform actions on sending or receiving of an email?
It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Do the e-mails need to be sent from a certain domain, or could you use a free e-mail such as gmail like in the answer I linked to? Can you give a bit more context about the scenario you want to automate? What is the goal of the automation?
Jan
25
comment Does anyone know of an automation tool that will perform actions on sending or receiving of an email?
Check out this answer: sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/3825/outlook-mail-testing/…
Jan
24
comment What are the options for automated testing of screen reader in Web apps?
Jaws is one of many accessibility tools. If you test on Jaws, why not Window Eyes, Hal, etc. Where do you stop? The time and cost required to test with any of these tools is much higher than ensuring you follow guidelines and best practices for accessibility. At some point you get into testing Jaws itself (which hopefully their own QA team has already done) rather than what you are intending to test, which is that your site is accessible. I briefly used Jaws and Window-Eyes back in the early 2000's for this kind of validation and quickly realized that it wasn't benefiting anyone.
Jan
23
comment How do I get Selenium Server to launch Chrome on 64bit Windows under Jenkins with Selenium Grid?
You should mark this answer as accepted so if other people have the same issue they can easily see that this was the solution.
Jan
15
comment Open source web security testing tools
Burp Suite also has a free edition portswigger.net/burp. The professional edition, while not free is extremely cheap compared to other comparable solutions at $299 for a license.
Jan
10
comment Selenium WebDriver: select value from KendoUI DropDownList
Ah, that would definitely explain it for that case. I was going off of the example that was provided in the question, which still had a select element with child options.
Jan
10
comment Selenium WebDriver: select value from KendoUI DropDownList
I'm still not sure what you mean. By "The controls you see on the page" what are you referring to? Once the JavaScript executes and you are looking at the DOM loaded in the browser, it for sure is just a select element with option elements as children.
Jan
9
comment Selenium WebDriver: select value from KendoUI DropDownList
Just curious, is there a reason why Webdriver's SelectByValue method or clicking directly on the Option wouldn't work?
Jan
3
comment Reporting Intermittent Bugs
Absolutely agree. Another technique I like to use if you have automation is to execute the automation a number of times (100?) and see how often it occurs and see if there are any patterns you can see about when/why it occurs.
Jan
3
comment Industry standard on testing zoom levels
Isn't supporting zooming part of accessibility? People with vision problems often need to zoom in order to be able to read text on web sites. If your web site automatically re-adjust the size so as not to break the formatting (which I have actually seen quite a bit) then people with vision problems won't be able to view the site without use of third party tools (magnifying glass apps). With that said, so long as the JavaScript isn't doing anything crazy to auto re-size then testing one zoom level should be equivalent to testing all.
Dec
26
comment How to open multiple browsers using webdriver?
+1 I just re-read the question and realized they most likely are asking how to open multiple browser windows simultaneously and not different browsers as my answer pointed to... Long holiday weekend :-)
Dec
26
comment What test generators do exist?
@dzieciou - Alan's answer to the question you linked is spot on. I used model based testing a few times and it was successful when used for state based machines, but not so useful when applied to something like UI automation or rest web services. It can be used SOMETIMES with those features, if there is a specific flow or tree that you can follow and you want to test that.
Dec
21
comment Looking for open source, Java-based tool for performance testing
I haven't used Gatling, but from what I have read, it should meet your needs.