Author: kristinjackvony

Installing Webdriver

Webdriver is an API that enables testers to find and use web elements in their automated tests.  To get set up, you will need to find out what the latest version of Webdriver is.  Navigate to this link: and in the section called Selenium Client and Webdriver Language Bindings, find the Java entry and […]

Understanding the POM

A POM file is necessary for any automated testing with Maven.  It can seem daunting at first, especially if you don’t usually work with XML files, but it’s actually very simple.   POM stands for “Project Object Model”.  It contains instructions about where to look for the source code for your tests, and what versions […]

Setting up Maven

In order to use Webdriver, you will need to have Maven installed and set up.  Fortunately, the helpful people at Apache Software have created an excellent tutorial about how to set up Maven: It probably won’t take you five minutes as advertised, but it will take you less than a day.  Don’t worry too […]

Introduction to the Command Line

In order to run Maven (which we will discuss in the next post), it is necessary to know how to run commands from the command line.  If you are not familiar with using the command window, this post will explain the two most important commands.  My instructions will refer to the Windows command line, but […]

Setting Up Your Java Environment

In order to write your automated tests in Java, you will need the Java Development Kit, or JDK.  Here are instructions for downloading and installing the JDK: 1. Navigate to 2. Click on the download button for the JDK 3. Click the radio button that signifies that you have accepted the license agreement 4. […]

Introduction to Java: Passing Parameters

When I first started learning Java, I was fairly perplexed by the parentheses found after every method.  Sometimes they were empty, and sometimes they had values in them, and I didn’t understand why.  Plus, in the declaration of a method, there was a variable mentioned before the method name, and I didn’t know why that […]

When to Automate

The first step in automation success is knowing when to automate and when not to automate.  Here are some guidelines: DO automate repetitive tasks. Recently I needed to add over 600 records to our application in order to fully test a feature.  Rather than add just a few records to partially test it, I created […]

Why Automate?

For many of you, your initial answer to the question “Why automate?” may be “Because management wants me to.”  This is, of course, a valid reason.  But after you have a few automated tests written, you will discover other, more important reasons: It saves you time. At first it will seem as if automation is […]