Apart from Technical Topics, increasingly i find myself wanting to write about other topics that interests me - Entreprenuership and Business, Leadership, Africa, Service Industry (e.g Hotels, Restaurant). My writings would always represent my opinions and it might change from time to time.

Geb and Spock: My favourites for test automation

So I have used quite a number of tools in my time building test automation frameworks over the years; and in the last 2years i have evaluated a number of these tools and i am becoming more and more opinionated in my choice of tools. For someone that has used selenium/webdriver and cucumber a lot in the past, i find myself using Geb and Spock these days and it hasnt been much difficulty in switch to these tools.

Cucumber unicode support

I ran into a problem today where some french and spanish characters were being displayed strangely. And this made my test to fail, After some poking around in google i can across a post that suggested adding require ‘cucumber/formatter/unicode’ to the env.rb and that seem to have sorted the problems i was having. Hopes this saves you some time.

Writing acceptance test before development or implementation starts

In my the few years, where i have pushed for testers developers to write acceptance test before development or implementation commences, I’ve had testers come up to me say its difficult to achieve this when you dont know what the UI would look like. This post would attempt to decribe how i have done this in the past and i still do this at the moment. NB: Ideally i would write my test using page object pattern, if this was a new project, I would start creating page objects

Test automation click might not completely simulate an actual human click

I have been working at this client where i am opportuned to use cucumber, watir-webdriver and i came across this problem today. The application i am testing is an e-commerce site and i am writing test for a page on which i click on an item and the item appears on the shopping basket area of the site. My code look like [code] def select_item(item_name) => /#{item_name}/).link(:class_name => “addOptions”).click Watir::Wait.

A tester's reflection on kanban plus BDD

Having just finished an engagement with a client where the development practices include kanban and BDD. Kanban for us meant that we give priority to work on the right side of the board. So as a tester, I would rather spend my time doing some manual testing on a story that is in the QA queue, than writing automated acceptance tests for a story in the queue for Acceptance Tests.

Blank cells in step tables in cucumber 0.3.11 is represented as nil

In my current job, I have been doing a lot of acceptance test using Cucumber, Watir and RSpec, obvious all in Ruby. I have been using Cucumber 0.6.x, in which blank cells in the step table are represented by empty string (“”). This was okay for me until today when i had to use a previous version of Cucumber 0.3.11 due to reasons including compatibility with other projects in the CI build.