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Welcome to the London Selenium Users Meetup Group!

From: Dave H.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:22 PM
Hi everyone!

First of all, thank you for joining the London Selenium Users meetup group!

I have posted this message to the group's message boards. You can respond directly to me or visit the boards to contribute: http://www.meetup.com/seleniumlondon/messages/archive/

I'm Dave, and I am currently the lead for a QA team in London. I've been using Selenium for several years, and most of the knowledge I've gained has been from trial-and-error, and more recently the online communities and documentation. I decided to set up this group because I've often thought that it would be really useful to meet other users to discuss challenges and solutions.

When the San Francisco Selenium Users meetup group started I joined, and have seriously considered flying out there for one of their events but haven't been able to justify the cost. I decided to wait and see if a London based group might pop up. It didn't, so I decided to give it a go myself after getting some advice from John Dunham (organiser of the SF group). I'm glad I did - in just 48 hours we have 22 members, and already an offer of sponsorship!

There are currently no events scheduled and this is intentional. I really wanted to see how much interest their would be... If there are 10-20 people coming to an event it's a bit different to[masked] people coming (the SF group has 263 members at present and 60 attended the last event!)

So now I would like your suggestions. Would you like me to schedule an event for the current members, in a pub or similar where we can gather, or should I hold off until there are enough members to do something on a larger scale? Possibly more important than that, is there anything you'd particularly like to discuss? There are some suggestions below that I've borrowed from the SF group. Feel free to add your own.

- Selenium scripting techniques
- Workarounds for tough problems
- Configuring Selenium
- Hack sessions -- banging out technically interesting scripts, using Selenium in interesting ways, and/or modifying Selenium source code itself
- Scaling Selenium to handle large numbers of scripts, users, data, etc.
- What else?

Personally, I'd like to discuss soft vs hard asserts when using Selenium RC (verify vs assert) and the true scalability of Selenium Grid.

I'm also keen to hear if anyone has any suggestions for where we can meet.

Get in touch, and feel free to get involved! I look forward to meeting you soon!

--
Dave Hunt

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