Collaborate with JBehave & Serenity – Part 3 of 3

It's been a while since I wrote the first 2 parts to this blog piece. During that time, I have seen and read various posts and articles from the testing community that have the stance that BDD is all about testing, or at least they muddy the waters by using phrases like "BDD Testing", and…

Collaborate with JBehave & Serenity – part 2 of 3

In part 1, on the need for collaboration, I mentioned the idea of shifting testing left; an old idea that has only really gained traction fairly recently. This is the process of involving the entire team, cross-functionally, in the assurance of quality as early as possible - rather than it being solely the testers 'problem'…

Collaborate with JBehave & Serenity – part 1 of 3

Back in 2001, Larry Smith coined the phrase "Shift Testing Left; Test early, test often" - the idea of breaking test and development silos and involving more and more upstream teams/functions in the process of ensuring quality earlier in the lifecycle. Yes, the idea is THAT old. In fact, most of the 'new' or 'Agile'…

Acting out: Serenity-JS & the Screenplay Pattern

Background Over the years I've had the chance to play with many tools and frameworks. When I started out writing automated tests I was keen to bring as much of my Object Oriented Programming knowledge to the task as I could. Back then, I was still learning really... and I made mistakes.  One such mistake…

Pact – Contract testing made (almost) easy

PACT /pakt/ noun noun: pact; plural noun: pacts a formal agreement between individuals or parties. Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pactum ‘something agreed’, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of paciscere ‘agree’. Pact from Pact Foundation is designed to be a dependable testing method for integration points, such as API's and microservices, for development teams concerned…

Cypress – The end of WebDriver?

End-to-end testing. It's likely most testers least favourite part of their job, and likely a task that most developers actively hate. Flaky, brittle tests, tools that fail to provide consistent results, stakeholders insisting on a 'test all the things' approach (that's for another post later). Hands up any tester reading this who has had their…