I am happy to announce that I will be presenting a session at Software Test Professionals Conference 2011 Fall in Dallas, TX!
Session Title: Improve Automation Code Quality, Clarity, and Comprehension
Session Track: Test Automation
Session #: 602
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 11:30am – 12:45pm
How many times have you looked at someone else’ automation code and
wondered what they were doing? How about your own code months after you
wrote it? Much of the effort to perform test automation comes months or even
years after the initial scripts have been written. Before you can begin to debug
broken code or write new functionality for a test, you must first comprehend
what was previously written.
This session will teach you about many of the common pitfalls in authored code
and how you can refactor your code to dramatically improve comprehension.
Topics of discussion will include good naming conventions for variables and
methods, when to use callable routines, effective use of parameters in routines,
variable usage, avoiding “magic values”, code formatting, and objective
measurements of code complexity. Examples from the presentation will be
provided based on HP QuickTest(R) Professional, but the concepts can be
universally applied to any programming language.
This will be my first time presenting at a conference, so I am very excited about the opportunity and look forward to bringing the spotlight to code quality. Perhaps equally exciting is the chance to meet many of the Test Design Studio users out there. Are you planning to attend the conference? If so, drop me an e-mail. And of course… be sure to sign up for my session!