Showing posts from May, 2014

Testing Job Market in Australia

Since I have been in Melbourne for a while now and mostly I get the same questions about what's the job market in Australia like?
Here are my few cents: The job market is improving for software testers and quality engineers; however, the skills and experience needed to get hired have changed. It is more common, at least where I'm geographically located, to see companies hiring testers with specialized skills like automation/performance/security (Not that manual testers are not needed but the ratio of jobs are lesser)People ask for local experience but if you are good there is no one stopping you from getting the first breakThere are two major domains to look out for here: Finance and Betting (Doesn't matter what you get into they have many similarities when it comes to testing and automation)I can advice people with automation skills that if you are relying only on the next three alphabets here : QTP then you better add more opensource tools like Selenium Webdriver to your…

Make excel open hyperlink in a different browser

If you do not like Internet explorer for whatever reasons. I am sure even though you have set the default browser to either chrome or Firefox , excel ends up using IE !!

The problem: when clicked in Excel, this link ONLY opens in Internet Explorer
Solution that works: 
Add a new key to the registry: Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\CLSIDRight-click on (Default) and select ModifyEnter the value {FFE2A43C-56B9-4bf5-9A79-CC6D4285608A}This will now change the open-with behavior in MS Excel 2010 - Excel 2013 to use the default Windows app. Confirmed to work with Excel 2010-2013 and Windows 7.

Happy automating ;)

XPath locators in Selenium Webdriver

If you have been using webdriver you would know the paramount nature of Xpath! I have a lot of colleagues who start googling every-time they get stuck with trying to find an element.

Some classic examples are:

Xpath to find the occurrence of a webelement with same properties or attributes:
We are finding the third occurrence where the name attribute is Test
Remember: The [] operator has higher precedence (priority) than the // abbreviation.

If the text is not exact match. Try following:

Radio Buttons - //input[@value='2']

iFrames - //iframe[@id='iframePage']

Here is an exhaustive list that will help you for sure:

Whole web page xpath=/html 
Whole web page body xpath=/html/body Element with id 'Test'  //Element [@id='test']  Any element with id test //*[@id='test'] 
Second element anywhere on page
Image elem…

Unable to find a javac Perhaps JAVA_HOME does not point to the JDK

If you have imported an existing project in eclipse , especially when you want to setup the test environment on a new machine you sometimes see this error "Unable to find a javac; Perhaps JAVA_HOME does not point to the JDK"

Unable to find a javac; Perhaps JAVA_HOME does not point to the JDK
This is a common error that I have seen a couple of times hence the solution:
Solution that did not work : Select the JRE by going to the Window-->Preferences-->JAVA-->Editor-->Installed JRE
Solution that worked: Simple just download tools.jar  and add tools.jar file in window->preferences->ant-> runtime-> Global Entries once done you will be all set!
Here are some screenshots: C:\drftpd>ant
Unable to locate tools.jar. Expected to find it in C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\li
Buildfile: build.xml

[echo] Compiling 1.4 compatible slave files
[javac] Compiling 63 source files to C:\drftpd\classes

C:\drftpd\build.xml:140: Unable to find a javac co…