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Alan Ark

Alan Ark
Eid Passport

A senior SDET with Eid Passport, Alan Ark helps the test organization cultivate and develop its automation solutions. Alan draws on more than twenty years of experience in various software quality roles when creating automated solutions to testing problems. Several of his projects have been presented at Quality Week and Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference. These projects include validating a buggy data conversion of historical stock trading data into the Euro, championing the use of automated testing in new organizations, and creating testing frameworks from scratch. See Alan’s profile on LinkedIn.

Speaker Presentations
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 1:30pm
Prevent Test Automation Shelfware: A Selenium-WebDriver Case Study

Eid Passport had a suite of Selenium tests with a bad reputation—difficult to maintain, broken all the time, and just plain unreliable. A tester would spend more than four days to get through one execution and validation pass of these automated tests. Eid Passport was ready to toss these tests into the trash. Alan Ark volunteered to take a look at the tests with an eye toward showing that Selenium-based tests can, in fact, be reliable and used in the regression test effort. Alan shares techniques he used to transform a sick, test automation codebase into a reliable workhorse. These techniques include AJAX-proofing, use of the Page Object model, and pop-up handling. The test process that used to take more than four days to turnaround now finishes in under two hours. And this is just the beginning.