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Fast Start TestComplete – Module 3: The User Interface

October 9, 2017
In module 2 we looked at creating our first key word automated test project. In that module we touched on a number of key areas of the user interface like the Project Workspace and the Object Browser. Each of those key areas giving us the ability to develop our tests and examine the applications we're testing. In this module we're looking at some other key aspects of the user interface. Key components that you'll find yourself using on a regular basis to help you develop, debug and run your automated tests.     In the next few paragraphs we'll go through some of the most useful components within the user interface.     First up then the view menu. In...
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Fast Start TestComplete – Module 2: Creating Our First Test

September 6, 2017
  In module 1 of this Fast Start TestComplete course we've looked at the TestComplete development environment. You might not necessarily understand what everything does but you should be familiar with these core components: Project Workspace - where you develop your automated tests Object Browser - where you can examine the application you're testing And within each of those components you should understand what these sub components are for: Project Workspace     - Project Explorer: shows the artifacts created for your automation project - Workspace: where you create and modify those different artifacts Object Browser - Object List: hierarchy of objects (processes, windows & browsers) on your system - Properties: a list of characteristics relating to a specific object...
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Fast Start TestComplete – Module 1: Getting Started

July 16, 2017
If you're looking to learn TestComplete fast then this is the place to start. We've pulled together 12 fast start training modules teaching you all you need to know when you start out with TestComplete. Everything you need to become productive in the shortest time possible. Each module comprises of one short video along with a list of key learning point and concepts. All this designed to get you productive with TestComplete in the shortest time possible. The quicker you become familiar with TestComplete the quicker you'll be writing and running effective automated tests. Over the course of 12 modules we'll cover the following topics: Module 1 - Getting Started Key Components Module 2 - Creating our first test Module...
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Module 6 – Using Source Code Control to Manage Our Test Artefacts

May 15, 2016
Module 6 - Using Source Code Control to Manage Our Test Artefacts In this final module we’re looking how we can best control all of our test resources and files. We’ve created Selenium, SoapUI and JMeter tests. The files for all of these tests are now scattered all over our distributed test automation environment. Not great for colloaboration, maintaining versions and backups. Down right dangerous really. What we need to do is pull all of our files together into one central repostiory. Well, with the tool we’re using, Git, it’s more a central distributed repostiory. ‘Central distributed repository’ sounds like a bit of a contradiction. We’ll explain that contradiction as we go through this. Anyway, we’ll be running up an...
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Module 5 – Running Our Performance Tests with JMeter

May 9, 2016
In this Moudule we’re focusing on running our performance and load tests. We’ll create some simple scripts in JMeter and link the execution of these scripts into our build process with Jenkins. Once our Selenium functional tests and our SoapUI REST API tests are complete we’ll kick off these JMeter tests. The setup of this will cover these topics: 1. Install JMeter 2. Configure and Create Performance Tests 3. Add and Configure Jenkins Performance Plugin 4. Deploy and Run all our test jobs   To keep things simple we’ll use JMeter to test the performance using the Rocket Chat Rest Api. This will allow us to focus on the key concept of building the automation framework rather than getting to...
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Module 4 – Executing Our REST API Tests

March 6, 2016
In this module we start to put together some API tests to check the REST Api that is delivered as part of a Rocket Chat install. The moment the Selenium tests complete Jenkins will trigger SoapUI to run a number of REST based API tests from one of the Windows AWS client machines. In setting this up we’ll cover a few key areas: 1. Looking at the Rocket Chat API calls 2. Installing and writing SoapUI REST API tests 3. Driving SoapUI from Jenkins 4. Using the Jenkins xUnit plugin to display test results We’ll run in to a few small challenges whilst setting this up. For example the rocket Chat Api returns some security credentials after the initial login....
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Module 3 – Adding Selenium Browser Automation in to the Mix

February 19, 2016
As we look at driving a Windows client machine from Jenkins, to run Selenium based browser tests things get a little bit more involved. In this 3rd module of our Building The Test Automation Framework course we step things up a little bit. Nothing we can't handle though as we take you through each step in detail. We're going to cover four key areas: 1. Setting up a Windows Jenkins salve machine 2. Install the test software on the slave machine (e.g. Python and Selenium) 3. Creating a basic Selenium script 4. Running the Selenium Scripts from the Jenkins Master Machine Once you've completed all of these steps you'll have setup a client Windows AWS machine that will run Selenium...
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Module 2 – An Introduction to Jenkins for Testers

February 2, 2016
We have the test environment in place (if you don’t check here) and we know enough to be dangerous with Amazon Web Services. Next step is probably the most important. We need to get Jenkins installed, configured and running. Jenkins has to be one the testers most useful tools. It’s not just handy for kicking off automated tests it’s indispensable for automating all sorts of processes you have to complete day in day out. We’re going to cover 4 main areas here… 1. Jenkins Installation 2. Installing Jenkins Plugins 2. Jenkins Configuration 3. Deploying and Building the Application Under Test By the time we’ve completed the module we will have Jenkins running on our Windows Master machine. The Jenkins configuration will...
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Module 1 – An Introduction to Amazon Web Services for Testers

January 19, 2016
Our 6 module course on Building the Test Automation Framework starts with Amazon Web Services (AWS). We’re going to use AWS, and more specifically, the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to build our test environment and automation system. It all starts with configuring and running up the virtual machines we need to run everything on. If you haven't read our introduction to Building the Test Automation Framework you can read more here: An Introduction to Building the Test Automation Framework This first module is all about understanding Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).   We're going to cover six key areas: First, creating an AWS account (you can skip this part if you already have one) Secondly, configuring two...
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Building the Test Automation Framework

January 18, 2016
Welcome to Building the Test Automation Framework. A 6 part course that takes you step by step through the process of building a test automation framework. A test automation framework we'll build completely from open source tools. Each of the 6 modules is a short course in it's own right. Each module covering tools like; Amazon Web Services, Jenkins, Selenium, Git, SoapUI and JMeter. When we've finished we'll have a distributed test automation framework. A framework based on the principals of Continuous Integration and Devops. This is about building a framework at the system level that gives you the platform to automate much of what you need to do on a day to day basis.   To build this platform we...
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