I Took A Reflection Break And It Was Great

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You may have noticed that I’ve been inactive for a while, from blogging and social media. A lot has happened and I needed to take some time off. I’m sure you were taught, like myself, that things happen for a reason. I don’t always believe that, but I will concede the time off helped me re-center.  During this time, I took on some new challenges and meditated. I invested into myself and my family.  Overall, I recharged.  I even managed to take a vacation!

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Its Your Brand Make It A Winning Personal Brand

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We all agree that branding is important to businesses, companies lose money when bad press comes out. How they respond can say more than the mistake or bad press. The same is true for your personal brand. Your personal brand is important to how you are viewed by people and companies. Your brand is more than your resume or LinkedIn profile. It includes, your online presence such as blogging and tweeting, in addition to your interactions with others in your industry. Whether it is big or small, everyone has a personal brand.

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How I Lost My Head With Headless Testing

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When I started out on my crazy adventures in test automation, I stayed close to the browser. The first automation framework I worked in was WATIR and it was awesome. It is a clean and straightforward framework which is what drew me to it. I was introduced to my first headless automation tool by one of our UI Engineers. The tool set was CasperJS and PhantomJS. While they were great tools, I really wasn’t sure how to use them correctly, especially since I wasn’t watching my tests execute anymore. So I played with them for a while and that was it.

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Additional Articles and How to Follow Me

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I am active on a number of social media sites and writing platforms. This quick article will highlight a few of the additional articles I have written for other platforms and how to follow me on social media. That way you can stay current on what I’m working on and testing discussions.

Additional Articles

Over the past year, I have written a few articles on LinkedIn revolving testing and balance. I recommend taking a look at them if you like what I have written here. Below are links to articles I have written for LinkedIn, DZone.com, and Testlio’s company blog.

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Four Tips You Need to Know for Better Test Automation

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I had hit a wall, my test automation was taking over 5 hours to run and I wasn’t sure what I could do to bring that time down. I knew that there were environmental issues that were slowing down my tests. Around two hours in the number of page timeouts jumps up to nearly 50%. WebDriver has never worked well with test environments that were extremely under powered, but there was more to it than that. This was a sudden jump in time of execution and timeouts.

Eventually we found the problem, but after all the research, I wanted to loose my head.

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