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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…

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…


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…


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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