On Wednesday, the third London Selenium meetup went ahead. Attendance was good considering there was a London Underground strike in action, however it had clearly made an impact. I arrived at midday and enjoyed a chilled out afternoon at Google’s offices – much more relaxed than my previous visit as I wasn’t actually presenting this time!
The event started with a presentation on how Mozilla uses Selenium to test their sites. Stephen Donner described the infrastructure and technologies in place, and explained the benefits of a page object approach to testing.
This was followed by a rather anticipated update from Simon Stewart on the progress of Selenium 2 (beta soon!) We were also fortunate enough to have Jason (Mr Selenium) Huggins at the event, and he even stepped up to answer some questions on the advantages of moving to Selenium 2.
David Burns then demonstrated a much updated version of his GTAC 2009 presentation on automating gathering client side performance metrics – now using Selenium 2! There was also a peek into using the bleeding edge WebTimings API.
In my personal favourite presentation of the evening (probably because it’s my new area of work), Henrik Skupin gave a demonstration of how Mozilla are approaching crowdsourcing their test automation with the upcoming MozMill Crowd Testing addon for Firefox. There were definitely a few ‘wow’s from the audience when Henrik ran the tests.
Something I found very encouraging was the quality of questions coming from the audience. I’d like to thank those that came, it’s great to get everyone together, and really great to recognise people from previous events!
This was also the first event where the #ldnse hashtag was actively used on Twitter, which is also encouraging. After LDNSE2 I was considering trying to find someone else to continue the events, but I’m glad I didn’t as I’m now really looking forward to organising LDNSE4! Our frequency at the moment is about one every six months, so I’ll be looking to at least keep this regular.
Thanks again to everyone for coming, to all of our presenters and contributors, and to Google for hosting again!
Update: slides/videos/blogs available below.
YouTube channel (all the videos):
How Mozilla Uses Selenium – Stephen Donner
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvd_TIxLziI
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATtXDuUlt9Q
Client-side profiling with Selenium 2 – David Burns
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TSJHJfbOHE
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrvN8HwmpQ4
Crowd-sourcing Automated Firefox UI Testing – Henrik Skupin
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8NaG07NoLc
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIfH5Bku20U