Saturday, March 20, 2010

Time to Refactor

It is a rainy day in Austin Texas and I decided it was high time to re-factored my blog.  My  test automation adventure started off learning OTC tools Silk Performer, Silk Test, Webload, and QTP.  Eventually I recognized the advantages of open-source testing tools and the communities that support them.  My first adventure was using WATIR.  I loved using WATIR and the community. Unfortunately when I changed companies the ramp time was quick and WATIR at the time did not have all of the weapons we needed to accomplish our test automation task.

I have the absolute pleasure of working with a very sharp developer, Scott Sims.  In part I owe the knew title for my blog to him.  One day he had described a scene to me where his daughter "went all Kung Fu panda" on his wife.  I also get a kick out of when he hits some keys on his keyboard and "Hiyaaa" a zillion application windows open for battle.  In my blog archives I also had a previous post regarding Kung Fu testing when I worked with Cari Spruiell on a project.  We had to be nimble and fast on our feet to get the high quality project out the door.

All in all I think it is an appropriate title for today's testing world.  If you do not have an arsenal of tools and tricks you will not keep pace with the rapid development.

Over the past six months I have collaborated with Scott and we have ended up with a framework that I will describe like this "powered by Ruby, RSpec, Selenium GRID and supercharged with testing by brand, finely formatted results stored in Rally, page driven test execution via Team City.  I will add posts describing our choices and the adventure as we advance this framework.

Over the past few months we had the challenge of preparing our site for the traffic generated by a Superbowl ad.  We succeeded, but would not have done it with out the help of JMeter and Browser Mob.  Along the way I will add posts on performance testing.  I hope you will stop by this blog occasionally and share your thoughts.

Stay tuned!  Lets see if I can actually post weekly.

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