Automation 101: What Is It and What Can I Automate?

A large part of writing software and creating websites is making sure the product actually does what it’s supposed to do, and can’t be used to do something it’s not supposed to do. Quality assurance (QA) takes a very long time and sometimes performing the same tests again and again can be tedious and time consuming. What if the regression testing could be handled automatically, freeing up QA engineers to find the really interesting bugs and writing more thorough test plans? That all sounds like some of the benefits of automated testing.

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This Is the QA Podcast: Episode 04

Episode 04 of This Is the QA Podcast is live! The Nerdery’s quality assurance podcast is written, produced and recorded by our acclaimed quality assurance team each month. Need to catch up on our past episodes? Listen here.

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Cultivating Culture: Attracting, Embracing and Nurturing Passion

At The Nerdery, passionate people are the driving force behind our culture and our success. This passion comes in many forms, shapes and sizes: passion for vocation, hobbies, friends and families. Passion for animals, sports, dance. Passion for philanthropy, volunteering, mentoring. Whatever it may be, it is that passion that truly defines what it means to be a Nerd. Passion in action is curiosity, discovery, learning, diving deeper and above all, sharing.

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What I Look for in a Quality Assurance Engineer

(aka What I Did This Summer/ aka What I Do Every Summer / aka What I Do All Year Round)

Quality Assurance — commonly known as QA — can be a disconcerting beast. Its heart beats with the midnight wings of a thousand owls. Its glimmering eyes twitch with the slightest breeze. Its stalwart engineers test with ferocious tenacity.

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Reintroducing the Overnight Website Challenge

Nonprofits and volunteer technologists who like helping nonprofits, it’s my sincere pleasure to tell you that registration is open for the 2016 Twin Cities Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

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Putting A New Coat of Paint on Paint Shopping

Nerds enjoy the pursuit of impactful outcomes. Valspar told us their business goal, but they counted on us to drive design decisions. Together, we’ll win the paint chip war.

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Overcoming Your Tech Biases

The range of available options when architecting the back-end of your web application can be simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. You tend to gravitate towards the solution you have used in the past, perhaps unaware of other viable options. The top players in back-end web application development include .NET, Java and PHP. But which one will be the best fit for your current project?

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Foundational Changes for Overnight Website Challenge – Here’s Why and What’s Next

tl;dr: Web Challenge coming/iterating; Nerdery Foundation evolving; Ginger Bucklin’s role

I’m writing with an update on our community service through our Overnight Website Challenge and The Nerdery Foundation, including our addition of Ginger Bucklin as Executive Director of The Nerdery Foundation. For the immediate future, The Nerdery Foundation is focused on the next Web Challenge event, but in time the Foundation will take on other initiatives that support its mission to activate the passion and skills of technologists to better our world.

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Profiles in Nerdery: Jane Runyon

Every month we feature one of our Nerds and have them share a little bit about themselves and what they love to do both inside and outside of The Nerdery. Today we’re highlighting Nerdery veteran Jane Runyon from our Minneapolis office.

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Building Scalable Distributed Applications with Java, Integration Frameworks and Messaging

Creating scalable applications is always a challenge. No matter how much we design and test, production usage patterns can always bring us unwelcome surprises. Making an enterprise application scale is both an art and a science, requiring leveraging the talents and skills of different disciplines: software engineers, QA, DevOps, etc.

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