|Fifth Annual Austin Workshop on Test Automation (AWTA)|
January 9-11, 2004 - Austin, Texas
Open-Source Test Tools
Participants: (top row ) Drew Pritsker, Ken Sommerville, Cem Kaner, David Vydra, Danny Faught, Barton Layne, Ross Collard, Carl Erickson, Bill Nasuti, Yuesong Wang, Carl Nagle, Pete TerMatt, (second row) Michael Kelly, Bret Pettichord, Rob Sartin, Todd Bradfute, Pat McGee, Bob D'Antoni, Jamie Mitchell, (third row) James Bach, ( not pictured ) Charles Rankin, Chris Morris.
Reports from the Workshop
Simplicity of Complexity, James Bach
Call for Participation
Join us as we review existing open-source tools for system testing and discuss new work that is planned or needed. Help us identify overlaps in existing tools and gaps not currently covered. Our goal is to support and help focus open-source test-tool development and usage.
The workshop will consist of presentations and discussions. These will be facilitated to ensure wide participation and deeper understandings. We seek participation from developers of open source test tools, builders of home-brewed test suites, developers considering releasing tools as open-source or contributing to existing open-source projects, as well as test automators with significant experience with either open-source or proprietary tools.
There is no direct fee for attending this workshop. However, participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging (details below). The nominal cost of the meeting room will be covered by the workshop hosts and indirectly by staying at the workshop hotel.
There are many ways to contribute to the workshop program:
We also need help with the logistics of running an event like this. There are many ways you can help:
We expect all workshop attendees to contribute in some way. The biggest contribution is really to make a test tool available as open source and to share what you know.
Attending the Workshop
Participation in the workshop is by invitation based on a letter of introduction. Your letter of introduction should have two parts:
Your letter should be one to three pages long. Please send it as text, HTML, PDF, or Word document format. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . Letters will be reviewed on a rolling basis. In most cases, we should have a response within a week. Upon acceptance, your letter will be shared with other workshop attendees.
The workshop agenda will be based on the letters of introduction.
The workshop will be held at the Austin Four Points Sheraton. We have a block of rooms reserved at $79 a night (including breakfast). To get this rate, mention Pettichord Consulting and contact the hotel directly -- call 512-836-8520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (This rate is not available on their website or by calling their 800 reservation number.) The hotel is at the northwest corner of the intersection of Interstate 35 and Highway 183.
The formal program will be during the following times.
9 am to 5 pm, Friday January 9
The workshop will start promptly at 9 am each morning. Participants from out of town should plan to arrive Thursday evening. We'll have a welcoming dinner on Thursday January 8, which will be open to family, friends and colleagues. The workshop will formally conclude at noon on Sunday. We'll have space available in the afternoon to allow small groups to meet on topics of mutual interest.
Please contact us if you have questions about this workshop.
Bret Pettichord is the founder of the Austin Workshops on Test Automation. He is a consultant, author and trainer specializing in software testing and test automation. He has introduced open-source tools for automated testing at several clients. He also contributes to an open source tool for testing browser-based applications using Ruby that he uses in classes he teaches with Brian Marick.
Carl Erickson, PhD, is the President and founder of Atomic Object LLC, a contract software development and consulting company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has published work on object-oriented integration testing ans system test automation. Atomic Object started using Extreme Programming as the basis for its development process four years ago. The Atomic Object open-source Haste framework for system test automation was presented at XP Universe 2003.
Cem Kaner is Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are software testing, software metrics, and the law of software quality. Kaner contributes to the free software community primarily by developing free courseware (at www.testingeducation.org) and by testing open source software in development in his courses. Kaner is the senior author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing, Bad Software: What to Do When Software Fails, and Testing Computer Software.
James Bach is one of the authors of Lessons Learned in Software Testing, and author of the much cited article Test Automation Snake Oil. He wrote and distributes an open source all-pairs test case generator, and teaches rapid software testing and test automation. A charter member of the Los Altos Workshops on Software Testing, he also facilitates the Workshops on Training Software Testers and the Workshops on Performance and Reliability Testing.
Information about AWTA4
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