From today you may notice this blog has a new domain name: WatirMelon.Blog!
I am very excited to be one of the first blogs in the world with a .blog address, before the new .blog domain officially goes live on November 21. If you’re interested in a .blog address for your blog (on WordPress or otherwise), you can register your interest now in any .blog domain name via the get.blog site.
I will continue to own the old domain WatirMelon.com so any links using that domain will continue to function by redirecting to the new watirmelon.blog domain 😎
Let’s imagine hypothetically you were working on software that placed landmines in a minefield grid and you had a function that given the dimensions of a minefield, and a safe cell, you had to randomly place a certain number of landmines in the other cells of the grid. It looks something like this:
Continue reading “Unit Testing Randomness”
I’m no longer involved with the Watir project, but to answer all the emails/tweets about what happened to watirwebdriver.com, it seems to have been moved by the project to watir.github.io and it looks like they won’t be renewing/redirecting the old url.
Whilst I find the WebDriver API useful, I also find it lacking in certain methods that I wish to do repeatedly throughout my tests.
Continue reading “Adding your own WebDriverJs helper methods”
When I talk to people about my job at Automattic, most of them can’t really comprehend how it can possibly work since it’s so different to what they see as a ‘normal job’.
Continue reading “How we Communicate at Automattic”
If you saw my talk at GTAC last year, ‘your tests aren’t flaky‘, then you’re probably aware of my view on flaky tests actually being indicative of broader application/systems problems that we should address over making our tests less flaky.
But what if you’re in a situation where you work with a system where you can’t feasibly improve the reliability? Say you’ve got a domains page that should show you a list of available domains but since it’s using an external third-party service it sometimes just shows nothing?
Continue reading “Prioritising Test Reliability over Perfection”