Dan will be presenting the following sessions
Dan Cuellar - Lightning TalksDan CuellarFounderAppium
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Dan was selected to speak at Selenium Conference 2012 in London about an entirely different topic. As part of his presentation, he showed off iOS Automation using Selenium syntax to demonstrate writing platform-agnostic tests that use separate platform-specific page objects with a common interface. To his surprise, the cool test architecture would take a backseat to the spectacle of iOS tests running like WebDriver tests. Several people suggested that he give a lightning talk later in the conference to explain exactly how it worked.
On the second day of the conference, Dan stepped up on stage to give the lightning talk. Jason Huggins, co-creator of Selenium, moderated the lightning talks. Dan experienced technical difficulties getting his presentation to load, and Jason nearly had to move on to the next lightning talk. At the last moment, the screen turned on and Dan jumped into his presentation. He explained the details of his implementation and how it worked, begged for contributors, and in five minutes it was over. The crowd applauded politely, and he left the stage.
If we look at how Appium came into existence, lightning talks are a very important part of this journey. Hence at Appium Conf, we would like to dedicate a full session with all attendees on Lightning talk.
Dan Cuellar / Naresh Jain - Q&A with the Appium Committee [Panel]
1. What got you started/interested in Testing?
When I was in university, Microsoft came on campus to interview us. The recruiter discussed a range of potential roles and the idea of building stuff to break software really appealed to me.
2. What has been your best moment/highlight working with Appium?
It was when I came to India last year to give the keynote at SeleniumConf. I was in the parking lot of the hotel, walking to the venue when a van pulled up in front of me and 2 women got out. The 2 women asked to take a selfie with me and so I obliged. Afterwards, they ran ahead and I continued walking. I heard a voice from behind me ask, "Are you Appium Dan?" I turned to see who it was and it was the man driving the van. He then explained to me that he had just dropped off his 2 daughters at the conference. He told me that they had learned Appium over the internet and now they had good jobs working in Bangalore writing Appium automation. He explained to me what a huge difference this had made in their situations. He then invited me over to his house for dinner to thank me, but I declined as I had other plans for the conference. Until this point, I really had no idea that Appium had made this kind of difference in anyone's life.
3. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by Mobile Testers today?
I would say they are mostly political. I hear often people struggling to convince management to invest in quality. It's takes disasters like the 737-MAX for people to understand how important it is to test software properly. Everyone just wants a magic test machine to find all the bugs rather than investing in sound development practices and automated testing.
4. What is your advice to testers, who are new to automation?
Expose yourself to a lot and be kind as often as you can. Through breadth you develop better insight which will aid you in tackling more complex testing problems. Also, people are used to hearing QA tell them they've messed something up or that something's broken. Having a relationship with your coworkers that involves other topics of conversation can offset the dread people experience when they see an unread message from someone in testing.
5. Tell us about the session/s you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?
I'll be presenting the lightning talks and acting as master of ceremonies. I chose this as I started Appium with a lightning talk many years ago, so I always enjoy them. I chose to be MC as I am not able to work on Appium at the moment, so it seems like a good time to give other people space to talk.
6. What are some of the key takeaways from your session/s?
For the lightning talks, I guess we'll have to see. The fun part is that no one knows what anyone is going to say.
7. Which are your favourite sessions at Appium Conf? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attend)
I'm always interested to hear Hugs speak. I think he has a very good track record on seeing what's next. Also, I imagine there will be robots, and who doesn't enjoy robots.
8. Any personal message/remarks you want to share with the Testing community in India?
I always enjoy coming to India. I find the people to be very friendly, happy, and lively. It's a nice change of pace to what one experiences living in the UK.