Archive for the 'testing' Category

Upgrading WordPress…

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

I’ve upgraded wordpress (the software that runs me.andering). Still not sure why – the nice tag cloud display (ultimate tag warrior) is probably going to disappear for a while… WordPress seems to eat its’ young in a way, by adding tag support as part of the basic package. I’m still fiddling with the theme, so you may see some changes now and then…

Main reason to upgrade: I find it best to keep up to date, to keep the spammers out… As of recently, it has become easier to upgrade wordpress, by checking a stable branch out with subversion.

It is also a good excuse to try a new theme. Let me know what you think!

Browser testing with Firewatir

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I’ve been looking (and still am, but less) for a simple solution to test-drive website development with browser integration. Rob Westgeest pointed me to Firewatir. Firewatir is a Ruby wrapper around Firefox through the JSSH shell extension.

Firewatir is new and still under development, but looks promising to me, as it fullfills the four R’s: Easy to Read, (w)Rite, Run and Refactor. The only thing that is required is a firefox plugin for JSSH and a ruby library (installable through rubygems). Current downsides are scant documentation and the test process seems to hang sometimes. We also had to make some extensions to start Firefox automatically under linux (Firewatir was originally made for windows). The scant documentation you can get around if you read the tests.

We had a session on browser testing at Agile Open Europe this week. Apparently, links to Firewatir and its (scant) documentation are not that easy to find from some countries.

Hope this helps to make them easier to find. I’d be curious to know what you are going to use it for :)