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Automated UI testing with Selenium

Automated UI testing with Selenium

It seems everyone is making the move towards automated testing these days, and why shouldn’t they? How many times have you been working on a web project and had to constantly retest the same thing over and over simply to verify that it works? Or maybe you’re an analyst on the surface but a code monkey at heart and would like to blend the two together? Enter Selenium.

What is Selenium? Selenium is a browser automation framework. I was exposed to it a few years ago when I was still heaving into web scraping. Selenium is perfect for UI testing as it can easily mimic an actual browser with human input. You can even change the type of browser you want! Ok, so hopefully by this point you’re interested (or maybe not) and want to get started.

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Local Events

Local Events

Living here on the Gulf Coast there is usually a lack of technical meetings, talks, and conferences. The ones that are out there are usually difficult to locate and hidden behind various websites. Due to this and my attempts to further the local IT community I will be posting all local events I come across to my blog. You can find the upcoming ones on the right hand side, or visit the Events page to see the full calendar.

If you are hosting a local IT event and would like me to post it up, just reach out to me via the Contact page.

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Why are software developers paid well?

Why are software developers paid well?

My coworkers and I have had many conversations about what our job actually is. Is it coding? Testing? Design? What about our skills translates to higher pay over those that do more demanding jobs? (Think police, first responders, military)

Even my own family seems shocked when they hear that I make a decent living sitting in front of a computer typing and in meeting rooms all day.  According to UsNews Money, in 2016 the median salary for a software developer was $100,080 annually.

 

This pay is for good reason, it comes down to three basic factors:

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I’m still here

Well, after a few career adjustments, a new child, and many other developments in my personal life I’m still here and kicking.  Over the past several months I have made huge strides in my personal skill development even finally publishing my first android application yesterday!  I released Discover Brewton on both the Google Play Store and the Amazon App store.

Discover Brewton is a simple application that gives some insight into my home town and automatically pulls town sponsored events, allowing you to add them to your calendar.  I do my best to attend as many of these as possible so be sure to come and see me!

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C# for Beginners [Part 2]

C# for Beginners [Part 2]

In the previous tutorial we covered some basic structure of a C# program and what it looks like.  I would like to build upon that knowledge and cover some of the basic syntax of C#, some of this may be slightly repetitive from the previous tutorial but it is important to get this basic syntax down. Continue reading →

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C# for Beginners [Part 1]

C# for Beginners [Part 1]

Ok so yesterday I received a request to do a C# tutorial covering the basics of the C# language. This will be a short multi-part tutorial on the basics of C#. In Part 1 we’re going to cover some basic structure and syntax.  I do not intend to get too in-depth but cover just enough to allow others to be able to start writing simple programs and get comfortable with the language syntax.

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SQLite in C#? [Part 2]

SQLite in C#? [Part 2]

Building off the previous tutorial  SQLite in C# [Part 1] we are going to get a little more in detail with SQLite and populate our database with some information that we can pull back out later.

Lets start off with inserting information into our database.  We will do this in a similar fashion as we did creating our database table.  By creating a query string, passing it to a SQLiteCommand, and then executing the command.

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SQLite in C#? [Part 1]

SQLite in C#? [Part 1]

I can’t tell you how many times I am working on an application that I want to store data in an organized fashion but I don’t want the dependency of an external server.  Maybe I want to be able to use the application offline?  Or maybe the device I am running it on doesn’t have the ability to hold a database server.

Enter the realm of SQLite.  I have used it extensively in the past with simple Python and PHP applications, but now I figured I’d give a good overview of using it with C# and .NET.

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C# 7.1 Update

C# 7.1 Update

Last month Microsoft released Visual Studio 2017.3 and with it C#’s latest minor upgrade C# 7.1!  C#’s latest update includes four new (very useful) features that I am honestly very excited about.

  • async Main method
  • default literal expressions
  • inferred tuple names

Below I’ll go into some detail on each of the new features and show some examples of each, along with how to update your current project to the new C#7.1 update.

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Back up and running

Welcome all!

Tis I! Sildaekar, Darkvengance, DCCoder, Ernest, whatever you feel like calling me. I managed to use the wayback machine and find a lot of my old posts, turns out a white-paper I wrote on web application security back in 2011 is surprisingly widely referenced. I’m slowly putting everything back together here and will be posting some more and writing more tutorials. I’ve been thinking about even doing some video courses on C#. Continue reading →

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