Improve the Quality of your Code with Automated Browser Testing

Come join the DSM WebGeeks as we focus on improving the quality of our code and products by writing tests! Jim Kraai will be covering “Zen and the Art of Software Maintenance, er, Testing.” In addition, Eric Heikes will be giving us an overview of browser end to end testing using a testing framework called Nightwatch for Node.js. We’ll have a chance to get our hands dirty with this framework, so bring your laptop.

We will be meeting on Monday, June 13th at 6:30pm at The Forge, by Pillar Technology located at 1420 Locust Street. Food & drinks will be provided by Pillar Technology!

If you’ll join us, we’d love for you to RSVP on Facebook.


Browser automated testing done easy with Nightwatch.js
By Eric Heikes (@ericheikes)


Nightwatch.js is an easy to use Node.js based End-to-End (E2E) testing solution for browser based apps and websites. It uses the powerful Selenium WebDriver API to perform commands and assertions on DOM elements.

Eric Heikes is an enthusiastic technologist with a passion for creating well-crafted products and services. Experienced software architect and technical leader. Evangelist for web standards, usability, accessibility, and good security practices.

Zen and the Art of Software Maintenance, er, Testing.
By Jim Kraai

“Zen and the Art of Software Maintenance” is a play on Pirsig’s iconic tome, from Wikipedia, “[The] thesis is that to truly experience quality one must both embrace and apply it as best fits the requirements of the situation.”

Jim Kraai has been a contract developer or tester for a long time. As a developer, he’s mainly done database and LAMP work mainly in PHP, perl, Python, and Javascript. He’s done development and administration work on many flavors of Unix for an even longer time. His ten+ years of QA work has covered almost every area listed on Wikipedia’s Software Testing page. However, he’s never gotten a single certification, so whatever he says should be taken with a grain or two of salt.


Mon, Jun 13th @ 6:30pm


The Forge, by Pillar Technology located at 1420 Locust Street
1420 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

The Forge is located at 1420 Locust above Lurra Cocina, and across from the Sculpture Park. Enter through the door on the parking lot side of the building, next to Lurra Cocina's outdoor patio. Once inside head up the stairs.

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