March 17, 2008

Austin Watir Users Group, Weds Mar 19, Keyword Testing with Rasta

I am very please to announce that the first meeting of the Austin Watir Users Group will be this Wednesday, March 19. I've been working for some time with several people to make this happen.

Keyword Driven Testing With Rasta, Hugh McGowan, Convio

Hugh McGowan is presenting his work on Rasta a framework for building keyword-driven tests using Ruby and Excel. This open-source framework fills an important gap for the many testers who are looking for a way to easily put their Watir tests into spreadsheets.


TestCo is providing food and Uplogix is providing beverages. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Brent Lavelle so we can have an accurate head count when we order the pizza.


6:15 Pizza
7:00 Rasta, Hugh McGowan


Uplogix, Inc.
7600B N. Capital of Texas Hwy.Suite 220
Austin, TX  78731-1189

Driving Directions

This is located on 360 between 2222 and Spicewood Springs Road.

Uplogix is next to the apartment complex with the big American flag so if you are coming from the south you will need to make a U-turn on 360 at this complex and get over to the right lane fast. Traffic on 360 from 5 till 7 will be bad.

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March 10, 2008

Looking for Chief Architect and Senior Rails Developers

Due to recent turnover, my team has senior development leadership positions open. These are great opportunities for people who are committed to Agile development and Ruby on Rails.

We are developing a new product line, mostly following XP, but also influenced by Crystal and Lean. We use test-first development, continuous integration, and automated acceptance testing.

The chief architect needs to define and promote a technical vision for our product line, effectively balancing competing concerns such as customizability and upgradeability. We are looking for someone who knows how to work with an Agile team, developing the architecture incrementally, and work with our business stakeholders, understanding the technical requirements and promoting their technical vision.

The Rails developers we are hiring need to be well-versed in test-driven development and related practices of design patterns and object-oriented design.

These are great opportunities to work with a high-performance team on a challenging project. Contact us if you are interested.

Update: Actually these weren't such great opportunities after all. The project was cancelled and the team was let go.

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