About Alister Scott

Alister is an agile software tester from Brisbane, Australia and has experience in implementing Watir, WebDriver, Cucumber and Specification by Example on various software projects.

Register now to attend the Charity Workshop on March 22!

Want to learn about Page Objects and Cucumber?  Do you like the idea of supporting local charities in the Austin area?  Then join us at one or both of our charity workshops before the Test Automation Bazaar!

We’re offering an afternoon workshop on March 22 – the day before the Test Automation Bazaar officially gets underway.  To join in, just donate $50 to one of the list of charities below and sign up using the email form below.  Then, bring a receipt for your donation to gain entry on the day of the workshop.



The workshop will be held at the Mitte Carriage House:

The Mitte Carriage House is located at 1008C West Avenue at the corner of West Avenue and 11th Street in downtown Austin, situated behind the Mitte Foundation Offices and accessible from 11th Street. Map and directions to Mitte.

Workshop Topics

Page Objects and Cucumber

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Are you already familiar with test automation, but want to take your framework to the next level?  Are you interested in learning how to implement Cucumber?  Then join Jeff Morgan (aka Cheezy) and Jari Bakken to learn about Page Objects and Cucumber.

To sign up for the workshop, enter your name and email address and which workshop you’re attending and then select a charity to make a $50 donation.  Space is limited to 25 people, so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Follow up:  The workshop was a great success!  Cheezy did a great job teaching us about Page Objects and we raised $750 for local charities.  We’re considering putting the video up for an optional donation – more to come on that.

Would you like to sponsor the Test Automation Bazaar?

If your company is interested in sponsoring the Test Automation Bazaar, please express interest via the form on the sponsors page on this site.

There are various types of sponsorships available, whether it will be an event (such as happy hour) or some merchandise (such as T-Shirts).

Watir Day 2011 Questionnaire Results

Watir Day 2011 went well on Sunday in San Francisco. We had about 60 attendees from various places, and 10 sponsors.

Most of the presentations are available online on the Watir Day Wiki.

I sent out a questionnaire after the event, and there was an overwhelming positive response. My favourite questions are about what topics people found most interesting, how much fun they had, and whether they’d come again, and as you can see, it was a great day.

Watir Day 2011 Sponsors so far!

I am pleased to announce the following sponsors for Watir Day 2011 (listed in alphabetical order):


Automation Simplified

The Automation Company

The Automation Company

Convio is hiring!

Convio is hiring!



Opera Software

Opera Software


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Anonymous Sponsor

Anonymous Sponsor

A big thank you to these companies for helping make Watir Day happen. Don’t forget it’s not too late to sponsor Watir Day 2011.

Update: 12 March 2011: Our newest sponsor is Saucelabs: Cross-browser testing with Selenium in the cloud.


Cross-browser testing with Selenium in the cloud

Update: Out newest sponsor is Tactic Knowledge:

Tacit Knowledge

5 time zones. 1 objective.

Update: Our latest sponsor is SugarCRM:



Watir Day 2011 Speakers Announced!

I am pleased to announce the speakers list for Watir Day 2011 in San Francisco on April 3rd 2011.

For full details please see the speakers page. In alphabetical order:

  • Alister Scott: ThoughtWorks: The Elements of Cucumber Style
  • Andreas Tolfsen: Opera Software: Watir 3 and the future
  • Bret Pettichord: Convio: Opening & Host
  • Hugh McGowan: Convio: Testing with Vision
  • Marek Jastrzebski: Convio: Domain Specific Watir Page Objects
  • Simon Stewart: Google: WebDriver
  • Tim Koopmans: Altentee: WatirGrid
  • Željko Filipin: WA Research: Adventures in promoting Watir

This list is subject to change.