“Crystal Clear – A Human Powered Methodology for Small Teams” and “Testing Web Apps with Ruby-based Tools”

Kevin Hykin, Burke Porter Machinery (part 1) & Michael Swieton, Atomic Object

When: October 26th, 2004, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Atomic Object, 941 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

"Crystal Clear – A Human Powered Methodology for Small Teams"

Kevin Hykin, from Burke Porter Machinery, will present Dr. Alistar Cockburn’s human-powered methodology for small teams called Crystal Clear. Dr. Cockburn developed the methodology over a 10 year period after asking the questions: “What have other successful project teams done?” and “What practices do they use?” The four points that will be discussed are as follows:

  • The Seven Principles (applied)
  • Strategies & Techniques (in practice)
  • The process (explored)
  • Common mistakes (misunderstood)
  • Testing web applications with Ruby-based tools [Michael Swieton]

Michael Swieton from Atomic Object will discuss his experience with the WTR project (Web Testing in Ruby) using IEC (Internet Explorer COM) and some parts of Scripting 101, an IEC modification. He will also demo the use of IEC on one of his current projects.

Driving a browser from a dynamic language like Ruby for testing web applications offers some very nice advantages over other open source and even the commercial web app testing tools available. Serious plans are in place to make WTR a part of the leading solution for testing browser-based business applications.

The WATIR homepage is at cLabs.

WATIR is only available in CVS from Rubyforge.

Atomic Object is hosting the event. They are located at 941 Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids.