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30
Nov

Why and How To Do Unit Testing?

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If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely a developer, may even be a BDD one. You may find it interesting if your unit tests take a lot of time to execute, or if you’re trying to find out why TDD and BDD are suddenly becoming  hot topics. But in particular, I’m going to talk […]

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19
May

Mission Pattern: Let’s Create Fluent Automation APIs

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The Need for Fluent APIs ‘Automation, automation, automation’. It seems to be one of the prevailing mottos of most agile projects I worked for. And rightly so, it makes perfect sense in the era of software and web revolution for us developers to write software that tests software. At the same time, automation brings a […]

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12
Apr

Don’t be a software developer, be a software craftsman!

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I lied. In my last post, I wrote about how we’re all software developers. Well, that’s a start, for sure. And a good one. If everybody in the team thinks of themselves as part of software development then you’ll be on track to build something efficiently as opposed to building it first and testing it […]

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29
Mar

We’re all software developers

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OK, maybe not all of us. My house keeper isn’t a software developer. At least I don’t think she is. And my cat Stewie isn’t. But this post is aimed at Business Analysts and, in particular, Testers. In fact, anyone involved in your team should view themselves this way when they’re working with the team. […]

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02
Feb

Speed Is The New Gold

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I recently had a colleague present a talk on ‘Speed is the new black’. What he means by this is that speed is sexy, it is ‘in’. I agree, it certainly is in. But speed without quality is just accelerated rubbish.

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16
Jan

Automation With A Human Touch

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Automation is certainly a buzzword at the moment. Whether it be automation of a business process through technology, or automation of technical software development tasks such as testing or deployment of software. The digital age has highlighted that every company can reduce costs by automating mundane, repeatable tasks and leaving the more intelligent and interesting […]

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05
Jan

The Junior Engineer Life at MagenTys

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I’m just heading into six months at MagenTys where I’ve been gaining experience in Testing, building up my skill set and seeing how the industry works – and I have to admit I am surprised by what it involves and how interesting it can be. If I am honest, software testing didn’t initially appeal to […]

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16
Dec

BDD and Testing Are Getting Divorced!

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Take a look at our very own Hamish Tedeschi’s presentation from CukeUp Australia!

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26
Nov

CukeUp 2015 Australia

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The very first Australian CukeUp is now done. dusted. Well, at least for a year (I hope!). What a ride it was organising this two day conference in Sydney. Firstly, I’d like to thank all the people involved in putting this together (you know who you are), including the speakers, the sponsors and also our […]

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30
Sep

Death To Test Strategies

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I read a post the other day on LinkedIn which talked about the criticality of having a good test strategy. Before I get castigated online, I agree. I agree that for every successful product being built, the team needs to have consciously thought about its approach to testing. The mere fact of thinking about what […]

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29
Jun

Automation isn’t Testing

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I am a manual tester, does that mean I am an old dinosaur from an era long gone? does that mean my skills and experience are no longer valid? At times it feels that way, mostly when looking for a job, if you ever find yourself in that position you will find many many testing […]

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05
Jun

MagenTys at YOW! West 2015

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MagenTys, a testing services company based in Surrey, London and Perth proudly supported YOW! West 2015 as a sponsor and partner. YOW! West in Perth, Australia was a highly successful conference with knowledge rich local and international speakers gracing the stage for two full days. It was great to see the high level of energy […]

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02
Apr

To Standardise Or Not To Standardise

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When Appium was founded, we decided to reuse the Selenium JSON-wire protocol for several reasons; the most important being that we didn’t want to lock people into our tool. By choosing an existing (pending) W3C standard, we were able to reuse the existing language bindings maintained primarily by the Selenium project. These bindings were already […]

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02
Apr

CukeUp! 2015

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Last Friday was my first experience of CukeUp! and it proved to be a lively and thought-provoking day. First up was Dan North, who I had been looking forward to hearing. The theme of his presentation was how easy it is for the principles behind the Agile manifesto to become just another set of processes […]

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02
Apr

TestWest 2015: DevOps, What Is It?

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Western Australia’s first and only testing conference was back for 2015 and our very own Hamish Tedeschi presented. Hamish‘s talk focused on the rise of DevOps and what that means to Testing in the modern era. Firstly though, he defined his idea of DevOps and then talked about how teams can enable a DevOps culture by providing […]

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06
Mar

The Challenges Of Enterprise DevOps in Finance Technology

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DevOps is getting a lot of people talking in the technology industry and MagenTys hosted an event last night on, “The Challenges of Enterprise DevOps in Finance Technology”. At The Google Campus, we had a night of talks, drinks and a panel debate where the key obstacles the finance technology industry were faced were explored. […]

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06
Feb

You Will Find Us On G Cloud 6

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  The UK government announced its G Cloud 6 framework going live this week. The latest incarnation of the framework. MagenTys offer all of our services to the public sector through this with those needing a service searching for solutions amongst the vendors. A rigorous application process has seen MagenTys sit alongside a prestigious list […]

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27
Jan

The Bugs That Stole Christmas

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05
Jan

The Great Re-Shoring Initiative

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In January 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech at the Davos World Economic Forum, said that Britain was about to embark on an initiative to make the country the “Re-Shore Nation.” The view was that with rapidly rising costs in the emerging markets [mostly referring to India and China], services that had […]

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05
Jan

Happy New Year 2015

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17
Dec

Cambridge Tech Community

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MagenTys’ position in the London Tech scene is growing and with the organisation moving forward, Cambridge has presented itself as a fantastic area for the company to grow into. There is a booming tech community and resident heavyweight tech companies situated in the region such as ARM, Red Gate and CSR saw 2013 provide huge […]

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11
Dec

MagenTys at the Appium Framework Meetup

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MagenTys has been using Appium for a good while now and it is a key component in the services we offer a number of clients. We like it so much we’ve built it into our own framework which demonstrates how highly we regard it. Appium creator Dan Cueller had an ‘Inaugural Meetup’, to sign off […]

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20
Oct

The European Software Testing Awards

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The European Software Testing Awards has announced MagenTys as finalists for Best Overall Testing Project – Retail Sector   These unique awards bring together software testing professionals to celebrate the outstanding achievements in the software testing market, for one elegant and special evening. In 2013, MagenTys had already been shortlisted for the overall testing project […]

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01
Oct

What are Test Automation Frameworks…Cucumber, SpecFlow etc. etc.

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I was talking to some folks at a DevOps meet up recently and they were asking about what we (MagenTys) do. I started talking about all the great things we are doing with Behavioural Driven Development (BDD) and all the tools we have developed to help support this. I was asked further about these “tools” […]

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25
Sep

MagenTys at eCommerce Expo

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MagenTys and AppDynamics exhibited together at eCommerce Expo on 1st and 2nd October 2014 at Kensington Olympia, London. We met some great people as part of the  eCommerce Marketplace of the Future. MagenTys helped educate visitors on boosting quality and software delivery through Testing and DevOps and AppDynamics demonstrated the you the things you need to know and should know […]

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08
Sep

Agile is Awesome

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I won’t say that Agile is the be-all and end-all but done well, it’s awesome, delivering faster time to market. Done wrong it can be awful though, and I have seen everything in projects from complete success to complete failures. Of course there are some differing definitions of Agile. Some people say they ‘do’ Agile […]

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22
Jan

Best Overall Testing Finalists

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MagenTys have been announced as finalists for the The European Software Testing Awards in the Best Overall Testing Project – Finance” category. After sifting through numerous entries, and hours of deliberation, the judges chose their finalists for each category, and the winners will be announced on the 20th November at a black-tie ceremony at the […]

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