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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
6
comment Is it good practice to combine my Test and Prod BDD tests in one Framework?
If the Framework is built to run only specific tests in each environment the impact can be mitigated, this is something I tried with Tags and SpecFlow unsuccessfully. Some tests are ideally suited to run in both environments and provide some Acceptance Test capability in Prod. I think part of this stems from my comfort level and these answers are making me think that I should be more than able to run them in both if I deem them capable.
Feb
3
comment Is it good practice to combine my Test and Prod BDD tests in one Framework?
This has been my experience as well, but I built up my tests this time to cover more functional areas; plus what I am testing doesn't really allow itself to manipulation or a framework.
Feb
2
comment Is it good practice to combine my Test and Prod BDD tests in one Framework?
I've always tended to run a Test Suite in test and that has been the most automation I had, running automated acceptance suites in Production is slightly new. Before I just used a checklist, and some Use Cases from the code package. I'm not sure about downsides, but in some ways I feel like I shouldn't be using the same tests in both environments even though I know its simpler for me. I don't worry about load, since when this is run it's late at night when usage is light or we are in a maintenance window.
Feb
2
revised Is it good practice to combine my Test and Prod BDD tests in one Framework?
updating title
Feb
2
asked Is it good practice to combine my Test and Prod BDD tests in one Framework?
Feb
2
comment What would be a good term for continuous testing post-deployment?
Personally I like the term Operational Quality, it means a little bit more in our space. Since we are a Healthcare Improvement Non-Profit terms have special significance to be understood across departments. Oddly, typical Engineering terms I used to use we don't to avoid confusion.
Dec
16
comment Is browser version matrix a thing of the past?
Very true, and this is what we took special note of in the Press Release, that there are still MANY users who have opted out of the update in one way or another. Will this change things for many? Probably. Will it make an impact on the wider-user base? That remains to be seen.
Nov
7
comment Need help to frame locator for webdriver script
When I've had pages like this that are difficult to find I use Wait's to make sure the page is loaded, but looking for some text and then look for the page source. I avoid XPath since I mostly test on IE but if it works for you then do it.
Nov
4
answered Using FitNesse with .Net across multiple servers
Nov
3
comment How can I report coverage on an n-dimensional test matrix?
I had the same issue as Tangurena in that I was supporting a Filter Driver on about 40 different environments, the numbers sure built up FAST!
Nov
2
answered How important is it to test a build against a clean data set?
Nov
2
comment Web Driver (Selinium Version)
Agreed, this is how I do it!
Oct
31
answered Is opening site during set up a bad practice?
Oct
24
comment Using formal methods when you test applications
+1 for intuitiveness! I did a few of these before I really grasped the concepts.
Oct
21
comment how do i make the case to management for QA to get a new android for testing the mobile platform?
+1, true, if you can't convince a friendly audience a hostile one will eat you up and spit you out
Oct
21
answered Test cases in source code
Oct
20
comment Best practices to test PowerShell cmdlets?
Haven't done much with that, although if you are going to communicate with other servers look into CredSSL.
Oct
20
answered Align and maintain functionality across multiple platforms/programming languages
Oct
19
comment Selenium: reuse existing browser session, instead of opening new windows?
I've had the same result, and I wanted reuse at one point to check cookie values in a site test.
Oct
17
answered Should tool generated test data be deleted during tear down in test automation?