Selenium For All - Setting Your Team Up For Success So Anyone Can Understand and Write Tests

location_city Virtual Platform schedule Sep 11th 04:00 - 04:45 PM place Online Meeting 3 people 28 Interested

Are you the only one contributing to your test suite, because others feel too intimidated to contribute to it?

Have you ever looked at a test fail and not known where to investigate first?

This talk will cover techniques for uncomplicating your test suites, so they can clearly test exactly what's needed to be tested, allowing others to contribute tests. When the process of writing tests is shared, everyone has an impact on quality, and that can be quite contagious for a company's culture.

In addition, this talk will cover techniques for failing transparently, so you will no longer feel stressed triaging test fails. Quality is something shared by the entire team, so anyone should be able to triage test fails. When tests fail for a specific, clear reason, you'll be thanking your past self for writing logic to fail transparently, saving you half a day going down a rabbit hole.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • First I will share stories of the pain of devs not being able to understand test fails, or devs not able to contribute tests
  • Then i'll talk about techniques for making clean test code
    • Page object, linting, modern code practices
    • Providing resources for contributing
    • DAMP (descriptive and meaningful phrases) vs DRY
    • easy instructions to run against different environments
    • instructions on how to test your tests
  • Then I'll cover techniques for failing transparently
    • Failure reports that look nice
    • Configuring failure messages
    • smoke tests for the services your tests use
    • adding logging to your own tests
    • Adding information to your future debugger
    • Saving test artifacts

Learning Outcome

You will learn how to write test code that tells you where to look, when a system fails. You will also learn to write test code that any developer would be able to jump in and contribute to.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in an end-to-end test suite

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants should have a basic understanding of the test pyramid and the Software Development Life Cycle. In addition, it would be helpful (but is not required) if attendees have written end to end tests before, or have triaged test fails before. Basic debugging skills and system architecture experience are also helpful but not necessary.

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