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Session: Automated Testing of Web Applications

Wednesday, 15:35 - 16:25
Track: Web development

My team has a fairly comprehensive suite of automated tests against out web application that have repeatedly found regression issues to the point where we feel confident in our ability to make widespread changes in our application architecture.  After a very difficult ramp up period, we've managed to learn quite a bit about how to express automated tests to create executable specifications.  We've learned how to make data population efficient, how to design software for easier test automation, how to write UI driver code, how to tighten up the feedback loop, how to deal with an Ajax heavy world, and how to keep the tests from being too brittle in the face of change.  In this talk I'll present our lessons learned and lead a candid discussion of our experiences to help your team make the cost versus benefit decisions on whether or not to automate testing against your web application.  My team uses Selenium, StoryTeller, and TeamCity/Hudson for test automation, but I feel like our lessons learned will translate to other tools like Cucumber and Watir as well.

Jeremy D. Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin.  Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC.


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