Development Using Unison on Windows

Submitted by allan on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 21:40
I've been plagued by the fact that at work I do my development on a remote system. This generally isn't a problem except on the rare occasion I want to use a debugger, since I'm a Vim user. However, when that time comes (and it always does), I have to sit there and wait while eclipse "builds" my project. Nothing irritates me more than "Hurry up and wait". Since I started working with Drupal, I've found this to be a very common theme. It's far from the speed that I got out of Zend Framework, or other MVC based frameworks, but it does so much for you.

To Drupal or Not to Drupal

Submitted by allan on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 21:48
I don't know if most of y'all know or not but I own a very small consulting company call Associate Innovations. Before I started working for AllPlayers.com I did a lot of php consulting and mainly worked with Zend Framework. In that time I started work on a product called Roommate Expense Buddy, or REB for short. it was built in Zend. Well one day I updated my operating system on my development box before checking to see if the backups I ftped over was good or not.

Selenium: What is it Good For - Series Overview

Submitted by allan on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 11:11
This is part one of the series of blog posts that explain the talks I've been giving at conventions and user groups recently. It is also based off the slides I used for the talks. The series will talk about Selenium, and how to use the different tools available to you to get automated testing started in your company. The difficulty becomes increasingly harder based on the part that you are on.

"Single User Mode" AKA root prompt with ⌘ + s

Submitted by allan on Sun, 09/16/2012 - 10:01
I'll be honest, I've never been a great mac fan-boy. In fact, I'm pretty sure that after my current macbook pro dies, I'll stick with a great PC that has all linux tested hardware and just use Ubuntu. It's not because I hate Mac. I like it quite a bit actually. It's because it's so damn expensive! With that said, I found this awesome looking iMac that was manufactured back in 2002, and their designs are cute and sleek. Unfortunately, It had the pervious user's password still on it. What do I do?!?

Dallas Drupal Days: Selenium, What is it good for.

Submitted by allan on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 16:11
Event date
It turns out that I am presenting at the Dallas Drupal Days. It's going to be a very simular presentation to what I'm going to do on the 17th, however, don't let that stop you from coming to that one if you come to this one. I'm thinking of ways to spice up the Drupal Users Group talk with something a little more technical. UPDATED: I have slides but no video. The video didn't take due to a resolution change in the middle of the presentation. Will get you a better one at Dallas Drupal Users Group: Automated Testing with Selenium.

Dallas Drupal Users Group: Automated Testing with Selenium

Submitted by allan on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 22:39
Event date
Everyone, Make sure to join me as I speak to the local Dallas Drupal Users Group and give them a quick lesson on Selenium. If you miss it, worry not, as I will have a recorded copy of the talk as well as the slides on slide share all posted right here for your viewing pleasure. RSVP and let us know you are coming! UPDATED: I've got the slides up. Again, I forgot to record, but probably for the better. I'm going to write a series of blog posts on the subject though. Three in fact. Also checkout the HTML version of the slides.

Testlink and Gherkin

Submitted by allan on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 13:25
Yesterday I did some major studying on Gherkin and trying to figure out how it would integrate into our current workflow at work. In a meeting we had on Thursday, all the players involved agreed that test-cases at the beginning of a story would be beneficial. I've been through this before when I was a QA lead, and yes, Developers tend to do a lot better job coding when they know what QA is going to be testing for. Now I'm on the Development side, looking back at the QA side and trying to help out.