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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


Feb
26
answered Copying Production Data to a QA Environment
Jan
14
comment Test team names
IS - Information Systems, as I work with many groups that are not Software Engineering related (basically healthcare groups) I have learned not to use Engineering as it does not mean the same thing to outside people, although they do understand IS
Jan
10
answered Test team names
Jan
9
comment How to use statistics to improve our site?
External firms can help you design surveys that can target information on only what you want to know, checking around your region might help. SurveyMonkey is a popular method to gain information, being internet based, can also provide more accessibility and anonymity to Users who want to respond to the survey.
Nov
26
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
5
comment IE always opens with random local host and msg:"This is the initial start page for the WebDriver server
I believe this is normal, is this somehow impeding your testing?
Oct
26
comment How to capture the errors handling in Selenium WebDriver
Do you use Assertons at all? I do this alot in my test cases especially for debugging when writing them and often leave them in place for use later in case I get unexplained errors later on then I just uncomment, build and run the test to see what has changed
Oct
5
comment Selenium RC is out dated or still in the market after selenium 2.5 release?
Do you have a rationale on why you find it outdated? I haven't used it, since its not a fit for my environment and WebDriver is, but I've never discounted it for any reason. Most tools still have a use to someone, it depends on whether you think there is a market for training on it or not
Oct
3
comment Automated tests pass every time when run individually, but when they are clumped into a test suite it's a toss up if the tests will pass
I feel your pain, eventually I want to run this framework with my builds as well and have scripts set that can run various permutations but I don't want build failures because of a sporadic test failure
Oct
3
comment Automated tests pass every time when run individually, but when they are clumped into a test suite it's a toss up if the tests will pass
This is similar to the question I asked, although I run webdriver C# and NUnit: sqa.stackexchange.com/q/3581/18
Oct
3
comment Is there a PC or MAC laptop built for QA work?
Typically I build my own since often what I am testing has differed from company to company and project to project
Oct
1
comment One tool to rule them all
For what you are looking for you will need multiple tools, your best bet is to find what area you are strongest in (and get the biggest bang for your buck) then focus on a tool to improve that area. Then move on, remember automation takes time and resources and you can't do everything you are looking for at once or in one tool.
Sep
26
comment Why does IE9 running WebDriver scripts gets out of focus if other applications are open?
I use webdriver without these problems, though its not on Windows 7, I still use Windows 2k8 on my vm's. What is your test driver though, even with the webdriver code limitations on IE I still find the driver helps a lot in overcoming that. SpecFlow and Fitnesse have worked for me
Sep
26
comment How to keep track of the features in a website for impact analysis?
@A.J Are they using a tool? Do you have access to what they have? I typically use wiki's to maintain long term information for this sort of thing like user246 mentions, but if you don't keep it up then the information gets stale. As a wiki everyone has access and it can have multiple points of information flow.
Aug
8
comment What is the best way to handle minor intermittent automation failures during cross browser testing?
Actually this is not my problem, I use page objects for running the automation scripts so HTML changes don't really affect my changes. My issue is more focused on the framework having issues where it generates a false negative and how I can handle/deal with that.
Aug
7
comment What is the best way to handle minor intermittent automation failures during cross browser testing?
This sort of solution is what I need to settle the issues I am having with the failures, I was doing a similar resolution already so it looks like I was not the only one. Thanks!
Aug
6
accepted What is the best way to handle minor intermittent automation failures during cross browser testing?
Aug
6
comment What is the best way to handle minor intermittent automation failures during cross browser testing?
I think my issue stems from my tests, being browser only due to the application, intermittently fail somewhere in a chain where I cannot verify the immediate error since a subsequent check passes. In general I have confidence in the Framework, but the individual failures trouble me, but perhaps unnecessarily due to the nature of the Web Framework and Browser. Thanks, this sort of gives me a better frame of mind to look at the failures with.
Aug
2
asked What is the best way to handle minor intermittent automation failures during cross browser testing?
Jul
16
answered How to handle self-signed SSL certificate error in IE8? (Selenium Webdriver + Java)