Mad Railers – October 2011

Last night I had the opportunity to present again to the Mad Railers group here in Madison. My talk was titled “Writing, for love and money”. I took others along the journey I had while working on Web Development Recipes and some tips I learned from Brian Hogan, who is one of my co-authors and mentor over the years.

Some of my main points where:

Overall the main key to success is to work at it every day, because with practice we can all get better. So give it a go and if you need a boost check out PragProWriMo and start writing that book!

Mad Railers – May 2011

Last night I had a chance to present to the Madison Ruby on Rails Club.  As the meetings are always a good time, I did really enjoy giving my “Testing any Website with Selenium and Cucumber” talk. You can get the Slides Here.

The talk revolves mostly around getting to the point of using Cucumber to drive your browser based behavior tests.  I feel strongly that at this point in time Sauce Labs is also the easiest way to run those tests.

If you want to get started writing tests head over to my git hub page and grab the “Cucumber Test Harness” project.  Then get yourself an account at Sauce Labs, they give you 200 minuets a month of free testing time. Then follow the readme in the Test Harness project and start testing websites.

Thanks again to everyone that came out.  Remember to please rate the club meeting on the Meetup.com page and also I would appreciated feedback on my SpeakerRate page.

-CJ