I’m at the John Wayne airport waiting on my flight back home from the StarWest conference.

This was the first conference I’ve been at as a vendor – I’ve always been a visitor at the front of the booth, never behind it. I had to make some interesting mental changes, but it was a great experience once I got in the groove.

Thursday morning I did a session called “Automation Isn’t Just Shiny Toys” where I discussed how to avoid some of the common pitfalls around automation: long running tests, brittle tests, tests which consume far too much time for maintenance. These are problems across the industry regardless of what tool, framework, or platform you’re on. I’ve run in to them, you’ve likely run in to them, folks in every area of software development have run in to them.

We had some great exchanges of ideas during the talk and I greatly appreciated the interaction!

I’ve uploaded my slide deck to Speaker Deck for those interested in viewing it. If you’re interested in the demo app I used during the talk you can find it on GitHub. The test scripts I demonstrated are located at my GitHub repository for Test Studio Demos. You can find them under Shiny_Toys_One.

Thanks to everyone who chatted with me or the rest of the Telerik team. I got a lot of great feedback on our product, and a lot of good discussions around testing in general!

About the author

Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes

has around 25 years IT experience. He is co-author of "Windows Developer Power Tools" and Chief Cat Herder of the CodeMash Conference. He's a blogger and evangelist for Telerik’s Test Studio, an awesome set of tools to help teams deliver better software. Find him as @aJimHolmes on Twitter.


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