7th SDET meetup @Guardian

Our Event starts at 19.00:

# Introduction

Talk #1 - A Journey: From QA to SDET

A look at the question of why more manual testers are not making the transition to SDET. Based on my own experiences I'll discuss what is preventing testers from making this transition, how to overcome these obstacles, the key steps testers can take to begin the journey and what developers and SDET's can do to help.

About the Speaker:

Marc Jones, Software Engineer in Test at The Guardian with 7 years experience in testing

Talk #2 - Introducing wraith-donk

In July 2013 the BBC released the command line based responsive screenshot comparison tool Wraith. To make it more useful to our development team and CI workflow, we have wrapped the wraith process in a web server you can trigger by URL and which sends email difference notifications. We call itwraith-donk. This talk will include an introduction to wraith-donk and a live demo (if the live demo gods are smiling on me.)

About the Speaker: 

Gideon Goldberg, software engineer in test at the guardian and a keen collector of tech conference swag.

Talk #3: iOS Automation with Cucumber and Appium

Speaker: Shashikant Jagtap

This technical talk will demo following Setting up Mac OSX for iOS automationSetting up Mobile App for Appium TestUsing Appium Inspector and writing Cucumber step definitionsRunning cucumber iOS scenarios  locally in Mac OSXRunning cucumber iOS scenarios in the Saucelabs grid

About the Speaker:

Shashikant is Senior Developer in Test and BDD Practitioner. Shashikant has evaluated popular BDD frameworks like Cucumber and Behat. He has massive interest in social media and blogging. He blogs about BDD & cutting edge Open-Source tools. Read his a blog at 


# Q&A session & Socializing

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  • Marc J.

    Apologies for the delay but here are the slides from my talk: https://speakerdeck.com/marcjones/a-journey-qa-to-sdet

    Thank you to all who came and for the positive feedback and discussions had with many of you.

    2 · May 7, 2014

  • srikanth s.

    Good presentations guys. Thanks a lot to the presenters. And thank you for organizing.

    May 6, 2014

  • Ovi

    Thanks everyone for organizing this event and looking forward for the next one!

    May 6, 2014

  • Kostas M.

    A big thanks to all organisers & everyone for attending this successful and informative event! Special thanks to our speakers for their well prepared and interesting material!

    May 6, 2014

  • Kishore Y.

    Thanks James and to all speakers in sharing their insight. Hope to see you all again. Shashi, as discussed with regarding my PhP issue, I will try and get back to you. Happy long weekend.

    May 2, 2014

  • James M.

    A big thank you to everyone involved in organising yesterday's event, to Gideon, Marc and Shashikant for speaking, and to all those that attended. It was great to meet many of you and to have such a lively discussion around what it takes to be an SDET and test automation approaches. There's only so much you can discuss over the course of an evening, so if any of you would like to know more about how we test at The Guardian, then please do get in touch.

    May 2, 2014

  • Kailash M.

    Thanks everyone for this meetup, looking forward for more such events in future…

    May 2, 2014

  • Shashikant J.

    Thanks everyone for attending. Thanks Guardian for hosting.
    Slides of my talk : http://www.slideshare.net/Shashikant86/ios-automation-with-cucumber-appium-and-saucelabs

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Alex

    Inspiring and enjoyed meeting everyone

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Vinny

    Hi Guys, I can't make it to this event, feel free to grab the space. Hope to be there for the next one.

    May 1, 2014

  • Lim S.

    This meetup is full...but I bet there will be people that don't show up. Is there a waiting list?

    April 28, 2014

    • Kostas M.

      Hi Lim, the number of attendants was increased from 50 to 65 for that purpose. Unfortunately there isn't a waiting list as meetup.com doesn't allow it when there is a contribution involved when RSVP'ing (we have a voluntary contribution of 2.5GBP for Great Ormond Street Hospital)

      April 30, 2014

  • Wayne P.

    I would really like to attend this but it clashes with a prior engagement. I shall attend the next one that I am free for. Hope it goes well!

    April 28, 2014

    • Kostas M.

      See you at the next one Wayne!

      April 30, 2014

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