Sunday, January 04, 2009

Happy New Year and....Teach Me Web Testing!

Happy New Year everybody! I hope 2009 won't rush by as quickly as 2008 did...

Now for the 'Teach Me Web Testing' part: Steve Holden graciously offered to be the host of an Open Space at PyCon 2009 on this topic. Steve started the 'Teach Me...' series at the last PyCon, with his now famous 'Teach Me Twisted' session.

For this format to work, we need to put together an audience which is formed of at least 3 types of people:

1) people interested in learning about Web testing in Python
2) people who write Python Web testing tools for fun and profit
3) people who use Python Web testing tools extensively for fun and profit

My role here is to rally people in categories 2 and 3. So if you're either a Web testing tool author or somebody who uses Web testing tools extensively in your job, please either comment on this post, or send me email at grig at gheorghiu dot net and let me know if you'd be interested in attending this Open Space session. Knowing Steve, I can guarantee it will be LOTS of fun.


Corey Goldberg said...

I'm not sure if I can get to Pycon, but I'm very interested in what you posted about. Ping me.

Corey Goldberg said...

... also, I've been working on this in my spare time if it is at all relevant to what you are doing:

still needs a lot of work.

Grig Gheorghiu said...

Corey -- thanks for your comments. I'm familiar with your work in the Python testing tools area, so I think it'd be awesome if you could attend PyCon. I'll check out pyloadtools, thanks for pointing it out.


adrián said...


I've made a web testing tool on top of Selenium Selenium called . Basically it is an interpreter made in Python of a very simple script language intended for people with no programming knowledge. Right now it is working at my job.

An early and non stable release has been released here:



Steve said...

@Grig: thanks for doing this. I presume it's up to me to recruit the category 1 people.

@Corey: remember, PyCon does offer some financial assistance for people who want to attend the conference but can't get there without help. Obviously there are no guarantees, but it's worth considering.

Terry Peppers said...

Grig -

Time permitting, I'm in.

fumanchu said...

I'm in too, time permitting. CherryPy has a independent web-testing module a la unittest, and I've done enough selenium RC, siege, and TCP analysis to not look like a complete idiot. Grab me in the hall. :)

Chris Perkins said...

Hey Grig,

I'm actually giving a tutorial at PyCon which uses YUI.test as a test framework for Javascript. I'd be happy to participate.


Ned said...

I consider myself to have one foot in all three categories (!?), I'd definitely like to participate...