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19NTC Session

Automated Testing: Let the Robots In!

Automated testing is a key component in modern development. The benefit is that testing robots deploy the code while you sit back, satisfied that you aren’t breaking functionality. In this session, run through the basics that will help you get an automated testing program started. Meet some of our robot buddies we’ve been working with to increase testing coverage in deploying web sites, and learn how to incorporate testing into your dev ops.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basics of designing an automated testing program to increase coverage of key functionality on websites and applications
  • Discover freely available tools (robots!) to help you quickly create and run automated tests
  • Understand the role of testing in dev ops and how to get your tools (robots!) working together

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Mark Leta

Director of Business Analysis and Quality Assurance

Beaconfire RED

Mark is the Director of Business Analysis and Quality Assurance – leading the effort to define specifications and test Beaconfire RED’s work. For over 18 years, Mark has worked in functional, technical and UX capacities on projects, helping to turn business ideas into full-fledged internet applications and Web sites for major nonprofit organizations.

Mark has honed his skills consulting on Web development, CMS implementations, business analysis, user-experience design, and quality assurance testing. His clients recently have included the Union of Concerned Scientists, American College of Cardiology, Commonwealth Fund, Truth Initiative, and the Ocean Conservancy, among others.

Prior to joining Beaconfire, Mark worked at the Nonprofit Practice of Commerce One (formerly AppNet-NMP). Mark holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Luke Ehler

Web Developer

Union of Concerned Scientists

Luke builds websites.

More specifically, he helps organizations design, create, implement, maintain, and extend highly customized instances of open source content management systems as a web developer, accessibility advocate, and occasional system architect. Luke has been with the Union of Concerned Scientists since 2017 and spent the previous decade partnering with arts and cultural organizations, higher education and academic research institutions, and many others while working at Sametz Blackstone Associates.





March 15, 2019


1:15pm – 2:30pm

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