STARCANADA 2018 Concurrent Session : Python for Testers: Programming the Repetitive Stuff


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Python for Testers: Programming the Repetitive Stuff

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Have you ever been faced with doing laborious, repetitive testing work? Of course you have. In our day-to-day work, we have to perform many manual tasks before, during, and after testing. These types of tasks are necessary, but who says they have to be done by you? In this session, Kristoffer Nordström will show you how easily and quickly testers can write small, simple, and powerful helper tools to assist in their everyday testing chores. You will learn important elements of Python for testers, such as looking for specific messages, performing many strings-matching operations, and parsing timestamps from log files. Kristoffer will also illustrate how to automatically generate new and unique test data, and he will program all sample Python scripts live during the session. You will learn how powerful and easy Python is to work with, as well as how, by employing Python, you can automate much of your repetitive work so that you can focus on problem-solving, thinking, and cognitive testing.

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Kristoffer Nordström is a Test Developer. In his career, he has worked with technologies such as Telecommunications System, Distributed Compilers, Cloud technology, Smartphone OS development, Embedded systems, and much more. As a testing devotee and a member of the Context-Driven test community who with his own company, Kristoffer consults and teaches the course Python for Testers because he believes in tools-assisted sapient testing. Over the years he has seen the immense value of testers learning how to distil large amounts of information into the so called “big picture”, working in an organization and the soft skills necessary to collaborate with the people making up the organization. Apart from being an avid software tester, Kristoffer is also a long-distance runner, sci-fi reader, and amateur cancer researcher.