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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Microsoft buys GitHub

Microsoft buys GitHub

As of June 4, 2018 Microsoft has officially announced it’s aqcuisition of GitHub for the sum of $7.5 billion. Yes, you read that right, Microsoft paid out Billions for the massive source code repository GitHub.

Although this is a very smart business move many saw it coming, with GitHub on stage at Microsoft’s developer conference and the Git 2.0 inclusion in the new visual studio update. While this doesn’t seem to phase some, many are not happy about it. GitLab has been devoting a lot of time marketing to GitHub users with some 13,000 projects already abandoning GitHub as of Monday for it’s competitor.

But why are so many developers fleeing from their long time repository provider?  Shouldn’t everyone be excited about such a large leader in the tech industry, with it’s vast resources, acquiring GitHub?  Well this stems primarly from distrust of Microsoft.  Microsoft has long a long history of being against open source works.  Even Steve Ballmer (yes, developers developers developers developers) went as far as to say that open source was a “cancer”.

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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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Hackers gainaccess to US power grid

Hackers gainaccess to US power grid

In a time of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure, even a run-of-the-mill malware infection on an electric utility’s network is enough to raise alarm bells. But the latest collection of power grid penetrations went far deeper: Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will. Continue reading →

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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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