On February 5, a group of us gathered in my office on First Street in Pleasanton for the first ever “Open Source Test Automation Tool Love In” (OSTATLI). Joining in were: Dale Emery, Jeffrey Fredrick, Kevin Lawrence, Dave Liebreich, Ken Pier, and Chris Sims.
Several folks have asked me to post the results of the meeting, and others have asked me how to host one in their area.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the strong response to OSTATLI. At its core, the gathering was just an excuse for like-minded folks to spend a day geeking out together. Perhaps the interest was because of the name?
In any case, I must confess that I find it a little hard to post “the” results for the meeting. It’s just not the type of meeting that leads to just one set of results.
However, here’s my best attempt to provide a glimpse into the day from my perspective.
After our initial chitchat, and a brief moment in which I panicked while Chris convinced the wifi that it it wanted to allow us access to the Internet, we set some intentions for the day.
Some were about exploring tools, like:
- Play with Cucumber
- Get feedback on FIT v. NUnit
- Understand Selenium
- A taste of RSpec
- The cool tool that I’ve never heard of but should
Others were specific tasks, such as:
- Get SafariWatir testing my local WordPress instance “the right way”
- Use Robot Framework to create an initial set of Acceptance Tests for “VDL”
And we captured a list of the tools represented in the room, either tools about which someone was curious, or tools around which someone had expertise:
- Robot Framework
- Diff (built into the operating system)
- Cubic Test
We spent the rest of the morning on projects related to our stated intentions, working in small groups. After lunch, we gathered around the projector for a demo by Ken of a custom test harness that SocialText has written around Selenium. Then Kevin did an impromptu demo of Cubic Test, and we all oohed and aahed over the graphical test representation.
A few folks had to leave early, and the rest of us talked for a while in the office, until we remembered that there’s a pub around the corner that would allow us to talk about geek stuff with a beer in our hands.
Overall, I think it was a fabulous success, tons of fun, and I am most grateful to all the participants and to everyone who has expressed interest.
For another perspective on OSTATLI, see Dave Liebreich’s account.
Also, I’m delighted that the idea is catching on. Al Snow is already planning a similar kind of meeting in the Atlanta area.