Neil Charlton

By Neil

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Hacktoberfest 2019 x Extreme, Part I — Neil's Contribution to Cypress

Our Software Dev, Neil, kicked off Extreme's involvement in Hacktoberfest 2019 by contributing to the Cypress project. Read all about it!

Hacktoberfest 2019 x Extreme, Part I — Neil's Contribution to Cypress

For my day of Hacktoberfest, I chose to contribute to the Cypress project and was able to work on two issues!

Cypress is a great service, and one we use all the time on our builds at Extreme. Making changes to web applications, no matter how big or small, can introduce breaking changes.

As such, project teams put a lot of effort in to testing our code pre and post deployment and Cypress has become our end-to-end testing tool of choice. It gives us a framework to write tests in JavaScript that run key user journeys through any website. Reusable and automated, the tests emulate the real user experience through a headless browser which gives rapid feedback if everything on the site is working correctly.

“Manual testing takes time, is prone to mistakes and let’s face it, a bit boring. Cypress helps us to respond to issues quickly and gives confidence that the latest update to a website has been successful.”

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The first issue I looked at was a feature request that would allow extra information to appear in the configuration settings through the desktop GUI as tooltips.

It was the first time I’d looked at how the GUI worked in Cypress, so it took a while to understand how it worked, but I was pleased to see it was a JavaScript application. My solution was to import data from a file, grab all of the definitions and then apply them to each tooltip.

With a little bit of time left over, I chose to look at: which will improve the user experience when searching through tests. Development started and I hope to be able to raise another Pull Request later in the month.

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13.7 billion years later it turns out that Software is a thing and Neil is genuinely happy he chose the correct path of higher education that connected him to it. Happy working in the front (but not the browser testing!) or the back he will choose VS Code over an IDE any day. Being an eternal optimist I think we'll see code complexity pushed horizontally outwards via server-less functions and micro-services much more than we do now. The JAMStack (Javascript, API's and Markup) is the best thing since sliced bread and you should check it out!


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