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How to pass a coding interview as an automation developer

Are you an automation developer looking for a new position? Let's simulate the experience of a coding interview:Open up a browser and Google the keyword "stopwatch."Take out a blank piece of paper and a pen.Press the "Start Button" on the stopwatch web app, then attempt to answer the following question:"Using your favorite programming language: Write a method that checks to see if a given word is a…See More
Nov 2, 2016
Nexiilabs commented on T.J. Maher's blog post First day as an automation developer? How to find the right balance between the DEV and QA mindset
"Perfect explanation.Software test automation is the best way to increase the effectiveness of the software testing. Testers use automation tools to execute the test cases."
Oct 18, 2016
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First day as an automation developer? How to find the right balance between the DEV and QA mindset

Have you just been hired as an automation developer? Congratulations on your new role! Being an automation developer is tricky, since it's a bit of a hybrid position. You will need to learn both software development and and software testing — dual skill sets that may at first seem to be at odds with each other. With enough practice, though, you will find that they compliment each other, working in harmony. What automation developers do, essentiallyAllow me to sidestep the advice for a minute,…See More
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T.J. Maher replied to Rosie Sherry's discussion Do We Need To Talk About Automation?
"I was acting as a QA Lead supervising five offshore manual testers. It took two weeks before a Production Release to perform regression testing to check how everything was on a few different iPads, a few different iPhones, and a few Android devices,…"
Aug 8, 2016
T.J. Maher replied to Rosie Sherry's discussion What Did You Do At Work Today?
"What did I do at work? I started looking for a new job! There is a growing trend of having the developers themselves write the automated tests, phasing out the automation development department. The only automation I currently know is Selenium…"
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Thomas F. Maher, Jr ("T.J.") has been a Software Quality Assurance Engineer for over fourteen years, and is attempting to make the leap from manual to automated testing -- just like most software testers nowadays. Although he has a BSCS / Theater minor from Bridgewater State and a Masters of Software Engineering from Brandeis, coding hasn't been a focal point of his career -- until now.
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How to pass a coding interview as an automation developer

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 20:00 0 Comments

Are you an automation developer looking for a new position? Let's simulate the experience of a coding interview:

  1. Open up a browser and Google the keyword "stopwatch."
  2. Take out a blank piece of paper and a pen.
  3. Press the "Start Button" on the stopwatch web app, then attempt to answer the following question:
"Using your favorite programming…
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First day as an automation developer? How to find the right balance between the DEV and QA mindset

Posted on September 28, 2016 at 3:30 1 Comment

Have you just been hired as an automation developer? Congratulations on your new role! Being an automation developer is tricky, since it's a bit of a hybrid position. You will need to learn both software development and and software testing — dual skill sets that may at first seem to be at odds with each other. With enough practice, though, you will find that they compliment each other, working in harmony. 

What automation developers do, essentially

Allow me to sidestep the…

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Switching careers in QA: From manual testing to automation development

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 15:00 4 Comments

Are you a manual tester? Are you attempting to switch careers in the software testing industry? Are you trying to break into automation development? In this article, I will outline how I made the transition from being a manual quality assurance engineer—a technical position that deals with next to no actual coding—to an automated testing position, where I am programming in Selenium and Java daily.

This transition didn't come overnight. It took years to lay the groundwork for this…

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Resources For A Manual Tester Learning Java

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 9:00 5 Comments

While I was searching for my next software testing gig last year, I strangely found myself with too little hands-on programming experience. Normally, my degrees and knowledge of the software development industry would be enough... but I found out when I was interviewing that no longer could I as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer get away with simply documenting test cases in MS Word or MS Excel executing all the test cases by hand just like the end user of our web or…

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