Jan 28, 2015

Testing mobile apps with Calabash: object oriented page models

At blinkbox Books, we're using Calabash for automation of native Android and iOS applications. It's a great tool, however its API for operations on UI elements and page models differs from similar tools in the Web world. We were not convinced that RPC style of calabash operations is dictated by the nature of native Mobile and that's its conceptually different from automating Web apps.

Inspired by reach experience with tools such as Selenium, Capybara and Siteprism, we have implemented a thin layer on top of Calabash operations, which allows defining page models (aka screen objects) in OO style and makes them similar to the commonly used POM pattern in the Web world. 

It works for both Android and iOS, as long as Calabash API stays consistent between both.

     READ MORE on the blinkbox books tech blog...

Happy calabash'ing!

Jan 25, 2015

Blinkbox Test team outing Dec 2014

Had a great time with the blinkbox Books QA team & Mo - bowling, pool, game machines and drinks!  :)

Can't believe team grew so quickly, scaling its skill-set and professionalism level at the same time: from 2 people in early-2013 (Dhaval and Ankur) up to 12 people in mid-2014

Very proud to work (or to have been worked) with you guys!

Interesting fact:
  • For a few months in 2014, there were 4 people called Alex (AlexA, AlexB, AlexI, AlexJ) working in the blinkbox Books engineering team, with 3 of them - in the Test team.

Nov 18, 2013

Silicon MilkRoundabout - 16-17 Nov 2013

We are hiring: http://jobs.blinkbox.com/

Join our great team and enjoy working with us :-)


OReilly Velocity: Web Performance and Operations - 14-15 Nov 2013

Interesting new experience of a big sponsored software conference in London (in comparison with events such as GTAC and SeleniumConf, which are affordable and very developer and open-source community focused).

Impressive and very refreshing. Took out a few interesting thoughts, takeaways, books and new contacts.


Dec 1, 2012

BDD Intro, Nov 2012

I was kindly invited by Gwen Stewart to meet up with her team at Microsoft and share my experience with Behaviour Driven Development and agile dev process.

High level BDD intro and experience exchange with MSN websites and Win 8 apps teams. Thanks for the invitation and nice evening session with crisps and beers.
@Microsoft, London Victoria, Thu 29 November 2012.

Nov 1, 2012

Your Own Personal Daisy

or "IntEng Team Event Oct 2012"

Expedia IntEng is a really great team to work in and have fun with. We had a lovely team outing in April, went for a canoeing exercise in the Lake Washington. Apparently it was not enough and we did a proper team building which included a little bit of swimming and a great canoe team rescuing. That was exciting!

We had another team event in October: we visited the glass museum and EMP, where the new super star rock band was formed.

 It has become world-famous since then, its name is "Personal Daisy", first live performance: 17 October 2012, Seattle, WA.

Personal Daisy, 17 Oct 2012