How to rearm Windows trial license

This post is meant for testers who use to run cross browser tests. If you are a tester and do not know about, I recommend reading our post on cross browser testing tools. was created by Microsoft and allows you to use Windows virtual machines without purchasing Windows licenses. Its awesome! The downside is that the […]

Batman and Page Objects

Problem: The page object pattern is not yet understood by the average tester. To get the most out of this post, please read this post and then read at least one of the articles listed in the Holy further reading, Batman! section below. Why this post? There are many ways to write and maintain GUI automation tests. The most common […]

Mobile automation: Run Appium tests on Sauce Labs

Problem: Maintaining infrastructure for testing your mobile applications on different platforms and browser versions is time consuming. Why this post? This post was written for the hands on tester looking to explore different tools testers can use for mobile automation. In this post we will show you how to run your Appium tests on Sauce Labs. We estimate that you […]

Using Firebug 2.0 to craft XPaths

Firebug has been my favorite Firefox add-on for a long time now. In the time before every browser had decent developer tools, Firebug was a revolutionary add-on that allowed many testers, like myself, tools to interact, learn and explore what web applications were doing. I recently upgraded my Firebug to version 2.0. I was pleasantly surprised to find a cool […]

The art of writing xpaths

Problem: Writing XPaths is hard and confusing when there are no unique identifiers XPath (XML Path Language) is a query language for selecting nodes from Document Object Models (DOM) like XML, HTML, etc. XPaths are frequently used with Selenium scripts to uniquely identify elements in page. This post is a descriptive tutorial on how to think about xpaths and write […]

Cross browser testing tools

Problem: Maintaining testing infrastructure for testing across different combinations of browser, browser version and platform is difficult and time consuming. Of late, there are many tools that help testers quickly spin up any combination of browser, browser version and platform. Below, we give a brief outline of some tools that we use at Qxf2 Services for doing cross browser testing. Cross […]