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Radio Liferay Episode 59: Testing @ Liferay with Kristoffer Onias and Victor Ware

  Yay, another episode, and maybe in time to sweeten your trip to Devcon in Amsterdam. I spoke to Kristoffer Onias and Victor Ware. Both work on testing Liferay with different areas of interest. You'll hear quite a bit about what Liferay does internally on testing.

I actually talked to them quite a while ago, and the episode has been sitting on my disk since then.The numbers that you hear may no longer be accurate, but the overall information definitely is. Sorry for keeping it a secret for so long (there's an even longer kept secret... up next...)

We're talking about these (and more) topics

  • Different levels of Tests:
    • Unittests
    • Integration Tests
    • Functional Tests
  • How SPA influenced frontend testing
  • Selenium, Selenium IDE, Web Driver, Capybara, Docker, and Jenkins
  • How pull requests are tested before they reach their addressee
  • The scale of Liferay's testing infrastructure
  • KC's (at the time) still unnamed project. Watch out for him at the North American Symposium for updates to this. Oh, and: By now his project actually has a name: Testray
  • Maintenance of large test sets - UI locators etc.
  • SevenCogs and its resurrection
  • How to scale testing infrastructure for potentially a lot more servers and environments
  • The Test Pyramid
  • A wild idea: Livestream of test runs
  • Liferay's Testing Whitepaper and a Testing Webinar
  • 50 shades of red and its part 2

Follow @RadioLiferay and me (@olafk) on twitter.

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Radio Liferay Episode 50: Jens Bruhn - Pimp my script engine

   Wow, 50 episodes already. At this year's Devcon I spoke with Jens Bruhn. He's Software Architect at Prodyna AG, a Liferay Partner and the author of Nabucco Script Center, a Liferay App available on the Marketplace. He also convened the "Pimp my Scripting Engine" workshop at Liferay's Devcon 2015, which I missed. But this only provided a perfect reason and excuse to speak to him.

As we recorded this on site at Devcon, you'll hear more background noise than usual - As usual, Auphonic did their best to clean the recording, and they did a great job.

For the visuals, please see the screenshots in this article as well as the plugin's homepage.

Here are some of the topics that we talked about:

  • The Elevator Pitch: What's Nabucco Script Center?
  • Scripting in Liferay: The native script console, its use and its shortcomings (solved in NSC)
  • a short demo of Script Center. It makes sense to check the screenshots alongside, or even install the plugin:
    • various scripts (for example: Reset Terms of Use Acceptance) and instruct content editors to execute this script whenever they change the actual Terms of Use Article)
    • Automatically run scripts (again, same example, this time executed automatically on every update of the article) - comparable to a model listener plugin for Liferay's Service Builder
    • Scheduled Script execution. And basic sanity checks: When deactivating user accounts, you might want to have a few exceptions to your rules, e.g. in order to not lock out administrators that can help you gaining back control, but are not logging in every day.
    • Prodyna has scripts available on the app's homepage - e.g. What happened during the last 24 hours? How many users logged in yesterday? Basic data on usage on the start page ("heartbeat"). Warn authors in time before review dates of their content. Assign permissions based on categorization of content.
    • Fine grained permissions can be granted per script, e.g. just because you're able to upload/edit a script you might not be able to execute it - and vice versa.
  • Feadback required - is this useful and what else is needed to make it more useful?
  • How to develop without and with Script Center - where can it help you in your development process. Here are the slides that we talk about:


  • Best Practices when implementing features in scripts: It's easy to accidentally make mistakes - there should be some basic safeguards.
  • Script Center offers a third option to two customization approaches mentioned my earlier blog article

Follow @RadioLiferay, @DocBruhn (Jens) and @olafk (me) on twitter.

You'll find this episode - and make sure that you don't miss any of the future episodes - by subscribing to  http://feeds.feedburner.com/RadioLiferay. You can also subscribe on itunes.: Just search for "Radio Liferay" or just "Liferay" in the podcast directory. If you like this, make sure to write a review for the podcast directory of your choice - or find everything about Radio Liferay on liferay.com/radio.

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