September 2017: How to Simplify Automated Web Testing (Ralph Navarro)

!! PLEASE NOTE — LOCATION CHANGE: We are meeting in Building C this month!!

Speaker: Ralph Navarro
Date: Tuesday – September 19, 2017
Agenda: 6:00-6:45 Networking, FREE PIZZA and Roundtables
6:45-7:00 Opening Announcements
7:00-8:20 Featured Presentation
8:20-8:30 Closing Announcements
Who’s Invited: Everyone (industry, government, academia)
Location: The MITRE Corporation
Building C
202 Burlington Rd. (Rt. 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
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Featured Presentation: How to Simplify Automated Web Testing

September’s talk (or workshop if the public internet is fast enough) will be on “How to Simplify Automated Web Testing”. The talk will cover how to organize a number of open source tools for a fully functional automated test infrastructure.

Here are the topics to be covered:

  • Demo of automated tests running locally on a browser
  • Demo of automated tests running against a selenium grid
  • Outline of the infrastructure and technologies we will use
    • Browser
    • Selenium Grid
    • Java
    • Selenium
    • Gradle
    • Groovy
    • Geb
  • Setting up a personal Selenium Grid
  • The power of User Stories and Scenarios for clarifying requirements
  • Leveraging Geb to simplify selenium tests
  • Connecting the Dots

About the Speaker

Ralph Navarro

Ralph Navarro has been automating the software testing of applications since 1999. He started Navarro Computing in 2006 with a focus to leverage and extend the innovation that only open source tools can provide.