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Published: 2011-08-11T18:30:52-08:00

 



So long, farewell, and thanks for all the automation lessons learned (or: o hai beautiful Page Object Model AMO Selenium tests!)

2011-08-11T18:30:52-08:00

Catchy title, no? Well, you're reading this... Today, our legacy (and pretty comprehensive) Selenium tests for the Mozilla Add-ons website (both written in Python), were forced into retirement; the reason?: our previously-blogged-about AMO redesign--code-named "Impala"--went live for the homepage and...



A brief update on Mozilla WebQA

2011-07-27T22:07:24-08:00

It's been quite a while since I blogged last, and I've made it a goal this quarter to resume blogging, because it helps me focus my thoughts, convey some gleanings, and, in general, I hope to grow the awesome community...



Reunited again...Mozilla and Sauce Labs hosting the next San Francisco Selenium Meetup at Mozilla HQ, May 11th @ 6:30pm

2011-04-12T20:25:54-08:00

I'm happy to announce that Mozilla and Sauce Labs will be holding the San Francisco Selenium Meetup here at Mozilla's HQ in downtown Mountain View, CA, on May 11, 6:30 pm. Google Maps to Mozilla HQ. Here's the official Meetup.com...



An update on our Selenium-automated AMO tests (and automation in general)

2011-03-15T21:35:07-08:00

I gave a talk at the London Selenium Meetup back in November of last year, and presented there on “How Mozilla Uses Selenium”; it’s been four months since, and I’ve been wanting to give an update on what we’ve done...



The case for "longevity/endurance" (session-based testing) in Selenium

2011-02-16T20:23:38-08:00

In "Hey, Selenium. Hurry The Hell Up," Sean Grove from Sauce Labs makes a great general point: "Write your tests to only test a single tiny bit of functionality. Keep the number of steps in your tests under 20. All...



How would *you* make an awesome Contribute page?

2010-07-28T20:17:25-08:00

This is one of those things that if I over-think, I'll never get around to posting, so here goes: the current WebQA "Contribute" page isn't the best it could be. So, what would *you* change about it? If you're a...



Help us test the exciting changes coming soon to the Firefox Support forums!

2010-06-28T20:30:56-08:00

Building off the momentum from the SUMO 2.1 release, which converted the old Tiki-Wiki-based Contributors/Off Topic/Knowledge Base forums to Python (code-named Kitsune), we’re redesigning (and reimplementing from scratch) the more prominent and feature-rich Firefox Support forums. It's starting to take...



Mozilla WebQA Automation and You: a Primer

2010-06-21T21:28:21-08:00

I’ve alluded to (in small pieces) the automation work we’re doing here in Mozilla Web QA, but I’ve been meaning to give a more through overview (rather than merely a progress report) of what we’re doing, and how we’re doing...



Photos of the Mozilla-hosted San Francisco Selenium Meetup are posted

2010-05-28T20:33:34-08:00

A huge thanks to everyone who attended, "How Mozilla and LinkedIn use Selenium: Open Source Customized," here @ Mozilla HQ on May 19th, and, especially, to Sauce Labs (esp. you, John) for driving and co-sponsoring it, and Wade from LinkedIn,...



Being manipulative as a software tester: how to try negative-testing web apps through their URLs

2010-05-26T20:51:54-08:00

This is an *actual* URL from Vignette: http://www.vignette.com/portal/site/us/menuitem.62215d74e262b2ba32189210180141a0/?vgnextoid=a9e2cf7be25a1210VgnVCM1000005610140aRCRD&vgnextchannel=2b48bc7ee19d7010VgnVCM1000008110140aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&vgnext-selected-menuitem=4b09bdd80b8ff1e8fb3d8010180141a0&gbl-vcmartguid=a9e2cf7be25a1210VgnVCM1000005610140aRCRD I'm sure that behind those obscure-looking alpha-numeric strings there's a rhyme or reason (hopefully?), but that's not really what I wanted to blog about today :-) What I did in fact hope...



Houston, we have an AMO automation bug found by writing Selenium...

2010-05-02T20:02:55-08:00

Check this out; confidence-inspiring, no? stephen-donners-macbook-pro:smokeTests stephendonner$ python API-type.py E ====================================================================== ERROR: test_searchapi (__main__.SearchAPI) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Traceback (most recent call last): File "API-type.py", line 65, in tearDown self.assertEqual([], self.verificationErrors) AssertionError: [] != ['type:firebug,dict'] ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Ran 1 test in 8.395s FAILED (errors=1)...



Conversion process from Selenium IDE to Python (and its pitfalls/gotchas)

2010-05-02T11:03:25-08:00

(This post assumes its readership already has a Python environment set up, as well as Selenium RC; a quick Googling should provide ample help on getting both install/configured.) It's easy to convert Selenium tests written in its native "Selenese" language...



HTTP, Servers, Infrastructure, and Headers, oh my!

2010-04-19T22:30:45-08:00

While I'm always learning more about HTTP (albeit slowly), and I've only got a paltry 7 [1] or so of its status codes memorized, HTTP is part of my day job as a tester on the Web QA team here...



Help us test search on SUMO (support.mozilla.com)

2009-11-20T01:11:36-08:00

We're in the process of switching to a new (and improved) Sphinx-based search engine on SUMO (support.mozilla.com), and would *love* your help ensuring it meets your needs. There are a number of ways you can help: * ad-hoc test search,...



In-litmus flags for SUMO and AMO now available

2009-10-28T21:14:49-08:00

We now have |in-litmus| flags for bugs needing testcases in both the SUMO (support.mozilla.com) and AMO (addons.mozilla.org) projects; flag away! To use: simply flag as |in-litmus?| if you're unsure whether a test exists; we'll triage and either add a comment...