August 21 2016

My Biased Opinion of Coded UI Test Framework

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In November 2012 I was hired as a QA Engineer to automate the testing of .NET web applications. Prior to this the only exposure I’d had to test automation was in my previous job where I spent my last few months at the company building a Proof of Concept (PoC) solution using Selenium RC/Grid, NUnit3 and Specflow (Gherkin) framework, which looked great and did what we needed it to do. Unfortunately, the company didn’t see the benefit in test automation and that was the breaking point for me, which brings me back to November 2012 and my new QA Engineer role.

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November 7 2015

How to publish books for free

Want to become a self-publisher?

This is a quick post for authors who are looking to publish their books. One of the easiest ways to publish a book is to use Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).  I won’t go into too much detail about Amazon’s KDP program, and will let their website bore you with all the useful information, but here is the gist of it: Continue reading

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November 7 2015

Smoke and Mirrors – The Suspicious Deaths of the Bioweaponeers by C R Harris

SmokeAndMirrors-193x300Smoke and Mirrors is action packed, full of suspense, very intriguing, captivating and sleep depriving. From the beginning, the story unfolds very quickly leaving me to ponder on many unanswered questions. Mainly why am I not asleep at 2 am on a “school night”?

I enjoyed traveling the world from the comfort of my sofa, seeing it through different characters eyes, each of which had a distinctive personality, that made the story so much more real.

What I found most intriguing is the shortness of each chapter, this is probably the first book that I’ve read that has over 300 pages, with each chapter roughly 5 to 8 pages long. Surprisingly, this is the case where less is more. The level of detail the author puts into the story makes you feel as if you’re right there in the midst of it all, trying to logically deduce the answers to all the puzzles the story throws at you.

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November 7 2015

Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer by John Donoghue

PoliceCrime999TheTrueStoryofaFrontLineOfficer-225x300John Donoghue is an ex military, security consultant and now a police officer (or as he put it in his book, a ‘Panda Commander’). He has served in the military both as a “sailor and a soldier, been frozen in the Arctic and almost got heat stroke in Africa; suffered sleep deprivation in Germany, dehydration in Djibouti, been shot at in Puerto Rico and kicked in the Urals.” – I’m part paraphrasing bits from the book (wait for the punch line) so you would expect a tough, strict type of a fellow, who wouldn’t even crack a smile for The Three Stooges; but that’s not the case with our hero. When it comes to quirky, out of place at the time kind of humor, that shouldn’t be uttered out loud, John Donoghue is your master mind. Upon reading his book, I realized that you’d need a damn good sense of humor to go through all of the above, and then become a Constable, let alone write an inspiring and funny book, which I believe should be a re-branded as a handbook on how to (or not to) police, crime and 999…

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October 12 2015

Raw: Mind over Matter, but what is the Mind? – Part 1

Mind The GapWhat are we? Who are we? These are some of the unanswered questions that could change our perception of the past and undoubtedly change the future, for better or for worse – I hope the former. This series of posts will touch upon the subject of the mind, self learning and everything in between. My goal is to be as raw on this matter as possible.

I don’t claim to have the answers, after all I’m just another grasshopper, a padawan if you wish. All I can offer is my observation and constructive opinion on the matter, and hopefully in this we will learn something new about ourselves or at least open our minds to other possibilities.
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