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Using Selenium and webdriver to interact with insecure SSL pages in Firefox

Interacting with insecure SSL pages (eg. self-signed) in an automated test written for Selenium is an important feature. Especially when tests are getting run against locally served test pages. Under those circumstances you might never get fully secured websites served to the browser instance under test. To still allow running your tests with a successful test result, Selenium can instruct the browser to ignore the validity check, which will simply browse to the specified site without bringing up the SSL error page. Since the default driver for Firefox was switchedContinue readingUsing Selenium and webdriver to interact with insecure SSL pages in Firefox

How to solve Apple ID login failure: AMD-Action:downloadProduct:SP

Since I have upgraded OS X on my MacBook Pro to OS X El Capitan (10.11) and moved my users home folder to another partition as described in an earlier blog post, I was not able to sign into the Apple or iTunes store anymore via native applications. It was still working fine via the browser. The failure displayed was: “AMD-Action:downloadProduct:SP”. Yes, very helpful. No further link for help nor was I able to find anything about it on official support pages. Querying the web for a while I finallyContinue readingHow to solve Apple ID login failure: AMD-Action:downloadProduct:SP

Moving home folder to another encrypted volume on OS X

Over the last weekend I was reinstalling my older MacBookPro (late 2011 model) again after replacing its hard drive with a fresh and modern SSD drive from Crucial 512GB. That change was really necessary given that simple file operations took about a minute, and every system tools claimed that the HDD was fine. So after installing Mavericks I moved my home folder to another partition to make it easier later to reinstall OS X again. But as it turned out it is not that easy, especially not given that OSContinue readingMoving home folder to another encrypted volume on OS X

Firefox-ui-tests – Platform Operations Project of the Month

Hello from Platforms Operations! Once a month we highlight one of our projects to help the Mozilla community discover a useful tool or an interesting contribution opportunity. This month’s project is firefox-ui-tests! What are firefox-ui-tests? Firefox UI tests are a test suite for integration tests which are based on the Marionette automation framework and are majorly used for user interface centric testing of Firefox. The difference to pure Marionette tests is, that Firefox UI tests are interacting with the chrome scope (browser interface) and not content scope (websites) by default.Continue readingFirefox-ui-tests – Platform Operations Project of the Month

Review of Firefox desktop automation work – Q1 2016

Today is the last day of Q1 2016 which means time to review what I have done during all those last weeks. When I checked my status reports it’s kinda lot, so I will shorten it a bit and only talk about the really important changes. Build System / Mozharness After I had to dig into mozharness to get support for Firefox UI Tests during last quarter I have seen that more work had to be done to fully support tests which utilize Nightly or Release builds of Firefox. TheContinue readingReview of Firefox desktop automation work – Q1 2016

Firefox Desktop automation goals Q1 2016

As promised in my last blog posts I don’t want to only blog about the goals from last quarters, but also about planned work and what’s currently in progress. So this post will be the first one which will shed some light into my active work. First lets get started with my goals for this quarter. Execute firefox-ui-tests in TaskCluster Now that our tests are located in mozilla-central, mozilla-aurora, and mozilla-beta we want to see them run on a check-in basis including try. Usually you will setup Buildbot jobs toContinue readingFirefox Desktop automation goals Q1 2016

Review of automation work – Q4 2015

The last quarter of 2015 is gone and its time to reflect what happened in Q4. In the following you will find a full overview again for the whole quarter. It will be the last time that I will do that. From now on I will post in shorter intervals to specific topics instead of covering everything. This was actually a wish from our latest automation survey which I want to implement now. I hope you will like it. So during the last quarter my focus was completely on gettingContinue readingReview of automation work – Q4 2015

Automation Survey Follow-up

As promised in my last post about the automation survey results I wanted to come up with a follow-up to clarify our next steps in being more open for our activities, discussions, and also quarterly goals. Sorry, that it has been taken a bit longer but end of the quarter and especially the year is mostly packed with stuff to finish up. Also the all-hands work week in Orlando beginning of December hold me off from doing a lot real work. So lets get started with the mailing list topicContinue readingAutomation Survey Follow-up

Results of the Firefox Automation Survey

November 23rd I blogged about the active survey covering the information flow inside our Firefox Automation team. This survey was open until November 30th and I thank everyone of the participants which have taken the time to get it filled out. In the following you can find the results: Most of the contributors who are following our activities are with Mozilla for the last 3 years. Whereby half of them joined less than a year ago. There is also a 1:1 split between volunteers and paid staff members. This isContinue readingResults of the Firefox Automation Survey

Survey about sharing information inside the Firefox Automation team

Within the Firefox Automation team we were suffering a bit in sharing information about our work over the last couple of months. That mainly happened because I was alone and not able to blog more often than once in a quarter. The same applies to our dev-automation mailing list which mostly only received emails from Travis CI with testing results. Given that the team has been increased to 4 people now (beside me this is Maja Frydrychowicz, Syd Polk, and David Burns, we want to be more open again andContinue readingSurvey about sharing information inside the Firefox Automation team

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