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Jason Huggins on web application testing with Selenium, Feb 15

From: Alex V.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:08 PM
This coming Monday, February 15, the monthly Agile Denver event will
be held at the PPA Event Center near downtown Denver. Jason Huggins
will be in Denver to present "Web-application testing with Selenium".
Jason was the co-creator of Selenium in 2004, and a committer on the
Selenium Core and Selenium Remote Control projects.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM for network and refreshments. We have
rounded up an informal panel to explore Selenium and related topics.
Panelists will include Jason, and a group of local technologists with
a wealth of experience in web development and testing including Matt
Raible, Scott Allman, Chris McMahon, Thomas Albright and Joe Yakich.

Jason's formal presentation begins at 6:30 PM. This talk is applicable
to developers, testers, architects and managers involved in web and
mobile application development.

For those of you not already familiar with Selenium, it is "a portable
software testing framework for web applications. Selenium provides a
record/playback tool for authoring tests without learning a test
scripting language. Selenium provides a test domain specific language
(DSL) to write tests in a number of popular programming languages,
including Java, Ruby, Groovy, Python, PHP, and Perl. Test playback is
in most modern web browsers. Selenium deploys on Windows, Linux, and
Macintosh platforms."

Selenium is broadly used by web development teams at companies like
Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and

Learn more at http://agiledenve...­


* Overview of Selenium, what it does, what it doesn't do
* How to get started with Selenium IDE, RC, and Grid
* Why I started Sauce Labs (Selenium as a Cloud Service)
* Selenium in 2010... Selenium 2
* Future trends: Adobe Flex, mobile (iphone/ipad, android), HTML5
(canvas, video)
* Best practices for succeeding with Selenium


Jason Huggins co-founded Sauce Labs and currently leads product
direction. Prior to Sauce Labs, Jason was a Test Engineer at Google
where he supported the grid-scale "Selenium Farm" for testing Google
applications such as Gmail and Google Docs. Jason's experience also
includes time at ThoughtWorks in Chicago as a software developer.
While at ThoughtWorks, Jason created the Selenium testing framework
out of the need to cross-browser test a new in-house time and expense

When not programming in Python or JavaScript, Jason enjoys hacking on
Arduino-based electronics projects. Jason has spent time in New York
City, LA, and the Bay Area, but Chicago is his kind of town.

Jason's favorite Selenium method is captureEntirePageScr­eenshot()


The current roster of panelist (subject to availability and weather):

* Thomas Albright: Local developer with Agile, web dev, and Selenium experience

* Scott Allman: Technical Program Manager at CableLabs, entrepreneur,
experienced testing champion and instructor

* Chris McMahon: Software testing leader with Selenium and SeleniumRC
experience, WebTest maintainer, http://chrismcmah...­
and http://www.fitnes...­

* Matt Raible: Denver-based UI author and consultant specializing in
open source Java and Ajax, founder of AppFuse, committer on Apache
Roller and Struts projects, Java open source contributor, served as UI
Architect for LinkedIn and Evite, and currently works for Time Warner
Cable as Chief Architect of Web Development, http://raibledesi...­

* Joe Yakich: Local developer with experience in Selenium and
SeleniumRC and related web testing frameworks, contributed experience
report sidebar to "Agile Testing"

Complete panelists bios will be provided online and at the event.


A special thanks to our February event sponsors Sauce Labs for
covering Jason's travel expenses, and ProtoTest and Riptide Hosting
for covering facilities and refreshments expenses.

"Sauce Labs is the trusted source for Selenium-based software and
services that accelerate the agile web development test process. With
Sauce's extended Selenium-based software, agile developers can be
productive quickly, easily executing functional web application
testing across all major browsers. Sauce supports Selenium testing on
Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera on Windows
and Linux."

Learn more at http://saucelabs....­

"The ProtoTest mission is simple: to champion software quality. Over
the past eleven years, ProtoTest has helped more than 200 companies
improve their software quality and streamline their processes.

ProtoTest provides consulting services in specialized software quality
and test projects including Load and Performance testing, Test
Automation, Process Consulting, and Agile testing. ProtoTest offers
training in software testing fundamentals and testing in Agile
environments. And ProtoTest can augment your team with the best
contract, contract-to-perm, and direct-hire testing resources."

Learn more at http://prototest....­

"Riptide Hosting is a Colorado-based Windows hosting company formed in
2002, and has been providing high-quality dedicated server hosting
packages featuring Microsoft software ever since. Riptide Hosting is
housed in 2 Class-A data centers, located in the Denver Tech Center in
Colorado. We feature 24x7 network management, multiple network
providers, and fully-redundant infrastructure. Riptide Hosting offers
a wide range of hosting solutions to suit your exact business and IT
needs, at affordable prices. Our experienced staff and the integrity
of our infrastructure provide a solid basis for your continued

Learn more at http://riptidehos...­


The February meeting will be held at the PPA Event Center located at
2105 Decatur Street, Denver, CO[masked]. See the link below for an
online map:­

PPA parking is convenient and free.

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