Video: Jason Huggins – Fixing HealthCare.gov, One Test at a Time

April 23rd, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

This week, Sauce Labs co-founder and Selenium creator Jason Huggins came to visit to chat about his leave of absence to help fix HealthCare.gov.  For those who missed his talk at the Selenium meetup, we’re happy to report that we got our hands on a recording.  Check out the video below to watch.

ABSTRACT

In late 2013, Selenium creator Jason Huggins joined President Obama’s “tech surge” team to help fix HealthCare.gov. In D.C. during the height of the crisis in November and December 2013, Jason had a behind-the-scenes view into a unique period in American history when a website’s quality (or lack thereof) had the attention of the nation, the press, the President, and Congress.

In this talk, Jason will share some of his stories from the HealthCare.gov turnaround and the “HealthCare 2.0″ effort in mid-2014. Jason will talk about the newly created U.S. Digital Services and how it was created out of the original HealthCare.gov crisis. He’ll also cover the U.S. Digital Services Playbook and what the role of automated testing and deployment will be in future U.S. Government projects.

Lastly, Jason will talk about opportunites for how Silicon Valley can help government build effective digital services in the future.

BIO

Jason is a software engineer living in Chicago. He started the Selenium project in 2004 at ThoughtWorks. He later joined Google to work on large-scale web testing for Gmail, Google Maps, and other teams. He left Google to co-found Sauce Labs as CTO to create a cloud-based Selenium service. In late 2013, Jason took leave from Sauce to help with the HealthCare.gov turnaround. He is also the creator of Tapster, a mobile app testing robot that’s been featured in Popular Science, Wired,Tech Crunch, and the MIT Technology Review.

Best Practices in Mobile CI [WEBINAR]

April 22nd, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Modern organizations today feel immense pressure to deliver better software faster, and this is no different in the mobile space. The best practice of Continuous Integration for web dev has been embraced for years as it is a proven mechanism that accelerates production cycles. However,mobile developers have been slow to adopt CI, despite needing a quick go-to-market plan.

In large part, this is because mobile brings with it a set of unique challenges that make implementation tough. Nevertheless, tools have evolved and mobile development teams now have many options to choose from to implement a solid mobile CI system.

In our next webinar, Kevin Rohling (Emberlight, Ship.io) and Kristian Meier (Sauce Labs) will cover best practices in implementing a mobile CI system and demonstrate how you can easily build, test, and deploy mobile apps.

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Guest Post: All About Mobile Continuous Integration

April 20th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan
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CI’s not a new thing. Wikipedia says the phrase was first used back in 1994, way before modern mobile apps. Today it’s commonplace in many dev shops for developers to expect that their code is automatically tested when they commit and even automatically deployed to a staging environment.

For mobile developers though, it’s been a slow road to adopting many of these same practices.  In large part, this is because mobile brings with it a whole set of unique challenges that make implementation tough.  Nevertheless, tools have evolved a lot and mobile dev teams get a lot of value and goodness from having a solid CI system in place. Here are my top 3 reasons for using CI with the mobile products I work on: Read the rest of this entry »

Sauce Labs Continues To Expand Senior Management Team With Two Key Hires

April 16th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sauce Labs, Inc., the leading cloud-based web and mobile application testing platform, today announced it has appointed Tom Kress as Vice President of Sales and Lubos Parobek as Vice President of Product. The moves further support Sauce Labs’ momentum, equipping the company to meet the unprecedented demand for its web and mobile app testing platform. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Post: Functional Testing in 2016 – Forecast

April 15th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Massive changes in the development world are good and extreme for devs, but quality assurance (QA) teams are impacted as much, if not more. They may be taking on more tasks, looking at new tools, and thinking about new ways to execute their growing test suites. And looking forward, QA in the future looks much different than it does today. It is moving so fast that the changes – both good and bad – will be even more obvious by next year. Here is what QA looks like in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Post: What Automated Testing Really Provides

April 9th, 2015 by Adam Goucher

One of the more fun meme’s on the internet is the ‘correlation does not mean causation‘. One of my favourite examples of this is stop global warming: become a pirate. Application development, and society at large, are full of these [fun] problems.

So what have we incorrectly correlated in the browser automation niche? The number of browser-based scripts and a decrease in test cycle time.

First off, the decision to be ‘done’ testing is actually quite arbitrary. And though the inputs into that decision are often quite uniform, occasionally someone or something will throw a monkey wrench into the mix and people make a guess/take a risk. Therefore, there is no correlation between the number of scripts and test cycle time. Read the rest of this entry »

Speed up Selenium with Application Mocks

April 8th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Let’s face it, we all know Selenium is slow. Not the Selenium scripts themselves, but the process of interacting with the operating system and browser drivers, in addition to your application’s own responsiveness. Luckily for us, there’s a great way to speed up functional testing in Selenium by combining a comprehensive parallel testing grid with application mocks. Read the rest of this entry »

Practical Tips + Tricks for Selenium Test Automation [RECAP]

April 7th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

selenium testing & sauceThanks to all of you who joined us for Practical Tips + Tricks for Selenium Test Automation with expert Dave Haeffner – author of The Selenium Guidebook.

In this webinar, Dave explained the best and most useful tips & tricks from his weekly Selenium tip newsletter (elementalselenium.com).

Topics covered included: Read the rest of this entry »

Applitools Recognizes 16 Influencers + Thought Leaders in Test Automation

April 2nd, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Test Automation Top Influencers and Thought Leaders_500wSaucesome news in the automated testing world! Our friends at Applitools recognized several Sauce employees and friends in their Top 16 Influencers and Thought Leaders in Test Automation list, including our Co-Founder Jason Huggins, Director of Ecosystems and Integrations Jonathan Lipps, and Selenium expert Dave Haeffner.

Applitools stated, Read the rest of this entry »

Practical Tips + Tricks for Selenium Test Automation [WEBINAR]

April 1st, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Have unanswered Selenium questions? Want to learn how to use Selenium like a Pro? Join Dave Haeffner – author of The Selenium Guidebook – as he steps through the best and most useful tips & tricks from his weekly Selenium tip newsletter (elementalselenium.com).

Topics covered include: Read the rest of this entry »