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Automating Your Browser Based Testing Using WebDriver

Google Tech Talk March 16, 2012 Presented by Simon Stewart ABSTRACT Selenium WebDriver (code.google.com ) is a tool for automating testing web applications, and in particular to verify that they work as expected. It aims to provide a friendly API that's easy to explore and understand, which will help make your tests easier to read and maintain. It's not tied to any particular test framework, so it can be used equally well with JUnit, TestNG or from a plain old "main" method. WebDriver sits at the heart of the forthcoming Selenium 2 (seleniumhq.org ) release, as well as being the foundation for Watir 2 (watir.com ) as well. Rather than being a pure Javascript framework, WebDriver works by integrating as tightly as possible with the browser and makes use of the facilities of the OS. This allows it to accurately emulate user input, as well as cleanly handling areas that other frameworks find troublesome, including file uploads and alerts. How closely does WebDriver integrate with the browser? Opera and Chrome offer their own implementations of the WebDriver interfaces, shipping as part of the browser, and Mozilla are starting to adopt the technology for their test tools. For more information: www.meetup.com Simon Stewart works as an Software Engineer in Test at Google and is the innovator behind WebDriver. He has previously worked at ThoughtWorks and is an active member contributor to Open Source.
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GTAC 2011: WebDriver

6th Annual Google Test Automation Conference 2011 (GTAC 2011) "Cloudy With A Chance Of Tests" Computer History Museum Mountain View, CA USA October 26-27, 2011 Presented by Simon Stewart. ABSTRACT Google has a unique infrastructure for running web tests. This talk will focus on how this infrastructure evolved, from running tests on local machines, all the way up to the sophisticated tools available for Googlers now. Along the way, you'll learn how you, too, can build something similar using OSS, and a little bit of elbow grease. You'll walk away knowing just how much effort you want to expend on running your tests in the cloud, and whether a private or public implementation is the right thing for you. Simon Stewart lives in London and works as a Senior Software Engineer in Test at Google. He is the current lead of the Open Source Selenium project and deeply involved with browser automation at work. Simon's first GTAC experience was in New York, where his carefully planned demo went horribly awry. It has been said before that Simon enjoys beer and writing better software, sometimes at the same time. This continues to be true. He is also the top hit for the search 'steel cage knife fight', a fact that makes him inordinately proud.
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