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Guest speaker Dave Whalen will be presenting 'Introduction to Selenium WebDriver

  • Dec 3, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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Dear Members,

The topic has changed for our next meetup.  I am excited to announce that Dave Whalen will be our guest speaker and will present an 'Introduction to Selenium WebDriver'.   Here is information regarding his presentation.

Title:  Introduction to Selenium Web Driver


Automated functional testing skills are in high demand.  While there a number of automated test tools available, most carry a pretty hefty price tag.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  One of the more powerful and flexible automated tests tools available doesn’t cost a dime – Selenium Web Driver.

As an open-source tool, Web Driver is freely available.  Of course nothing is really free.  The cost – you’re going to have to know or learn some basic coding.  I assure you, nothing difficult.  I you’re like the average tester, the thought of doing any coding scares the $%^& out of you.  It did me.  Let’s take baby steps.  First, we need to make Web Driver our friend.  So let’s take the journey together.  The heavy lifting has already been done for you. 

Presentation Outline:

1-What is Selenium WebDriver

2-Tools you need - Java, Eclipse, TestNG, WebDriver Jar files

3-Test Scenario - launch a browser, navigate to a URL, basic assertions, accessing/manipulating web elements, submitting the page


Dave Whalen has over 25 years experience in both hardware and software testing.  He has served in various testing roles to include tester, test instructor, test lead, test manager, and finally, test consultant.  He has worked for both federal and state government agencies and various private and public organizations.  He is currently an independent test trainer and consultant.

Meetup specifics

The next meetup will be again in the Denver Post building at MediaNews Group, interactive 101 West Colfax Ave Suite 900 Denver CO 80202.  When you walk into the Denver Post building, you must enter in the main lobby and tell security that you are attending the meetup at MediaNews Group, interactive office on the 9th floor. Please make sure you RSVP on the site so I can give your name to security so they know you are coming up, they would check your name and escort you to the elevator.  I will be giving Security a list of names based on the RSVP's I find on our site. 

Please include your full name in your meetup bio as well.  This will ensure you pass through Denver Post security without any hassles.  Otherwise you may have to call my cell if you are detained for some reason downstairs.

Once you get out of the elevator head south, look for the break area and walk straight into MediaNews Group office.  I will post signs along to way as well.  You will want to find the Executive conference room.  Once you enter the MediaNews group office walk up to the pictures in front of you and then head left and walk past the cubicles.  The Executive conference room is just to the left of the cubicles but not past the double glass doors, there will be a 'Selenium Meetup' sign.  If you get lost of have problems with security, call my cell at[masked]-9175.

We are planning on having meetups the 1st Tuesday of each month.  Next one is Tuesday, December 3rd. Looking forward to seeing you all and hearing Dave's presentation.  Please spread the word about this meetup, let anyone who you think may be interested know.

Post on our meetup page if you have any questions.  Or email me at [masked] cell is[masked]-9175.

See you!  Seth Barda

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  • Dave W.

    I sent a copy of my presentation to Seth to post here. If anyone wants a copy please feel free to contact me at [masked]

    December 6, 2013

    • Seth B.

      I also posted the presentation powerpoint on this meetup site. To find go to the main navigation at the top, click on 'More' and then click on 'Files'. Thanks for sending this our way!

      December 6, 2013

  • Luke B.

    The demo from Dave as well as post demo discussion, while high level, has definitely helped give me new perspective on how to tackle my current testing automation, and I've actually been able to set up and run basic Web driver tests through Eclipse on I.E. already! I'm excited have seen the Web driver in action, and I look forward to future Selenium meetings in an open forum.

    December 4, 2013

  • sue

    Hi, Dave was great. Thanks so much. This has re-energized me and affirmed my approach at my current company. Was good to meet like minds and hope we can share with each other on this journey.

    December 4, 2013

  • Andrew

    Very interesting and knowledgeable person

    December 4, 2013

  • Dave W.

    Thanks everyone!

    December 4, 2013

  • Seth B.

    Dave did a great job presenting WebDriver. He is a great speaker and is very knowledgeable regarding Selenium. We had more folks turn out as well which made for a very interesting and fun meeting!

    December 4, 2013

  • sue

    I just looked at meeting length. 4:30 - 7:00? I was thinking one hour, guess I am on SQuAD time. I may need to leave early, my apologies.

    December 3, 2013

  • Diana N.

    I'm disappointed that I can't make it this time! Thanks, Seth, for organizing! I hope to make the next one!

    December 2, 2013

    • Seth B.

      Hi Diana, Sorry you can't make it, hope you can make it out to future meetups! See you, Seth

      December 2, 2013

  • Kwadwo O.

    Hi Seth, how would parking be like? Do need to park at a specific place?

    December 2, 2013

    • Seth B.

      Hi, You don't need to park at a specific place. I think there are some spots in the Denver Post building off of Cleveland but I think they are a bit pricey.

      December 2, 2013

    • Seth B.

      Here's what I just posted above as well: There is some street parking available round about 12th, below the art museum. If you park after 4pm, max 2 hour parking ends at 6pm, $1/hr. You will need quarters.

      I believe there are also some cheaper priced parking lots a few blocks east of the Denver Post building. Although they may not be as cheap as the art museum parking. Thanks, Seth

      December 2, 2013

  • Seth B.

    Hi Folks,

    There is some street parking available round about 12th, below the art museum. If you park after 4pm, max 2 hour parking ends at 6pm, $1/hr. You will need quarters. I believe there are also some cheaper priced parking lots a few blocks east of the Denver Post building. Although they may not be as cheap as the art museum parking.

    Hope this helps,

    December 2, 2013

  • Seth B.

    Hi Folks, Received this offer in my email, see below. Passing this along since it's a great resource.


    Buy Selenium Course for $139, Discount Ends October 30th


    Just a Reminder.

    The coupon code 'nov01' allows you access to the main Selenium course for only $139. The coupon ends on October 30th.

    The full course price has already risen to $299 so you save $160 off the full price.

    This discount will not be extended for stragglers. Buy before October 30th to be safe. I don't know what time Udemy systems will automatically shut this discount off on October 30th, nor what time zone their systems operate in.

    A discount of this size will not be repeated.


    October 25, 2013

  • mkrishnachaitanya

    Hi Seth Barda,Good Morning.I would like to know what platform we will be using to do the events.(Skype,WebChat or some other tools).Thanks.

    October 15, 2013

    • Seth B.

      Hi, Welcome to the group!. This is in person at the Denver Post building in downtown Denver. Please see the meeting details. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      October 15, 2013

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