Behat

Acceptance Testing Drupal Websites with Behat, Mink & Selenium2/Goutte

Not so long ago, I was extolling the virtues of Codeception as the logical choice for testing our Drupal sites with - it seemed easier to use for our PHP-familiar developers, without having to learn Behat's "Gherkin" syntax, and the concept of writing "features". But if you want speed and fluency in your test scripts, Behat wins hands down (once you're used to it). Not to mention the fact that you get an awesome little report of all the steps to handover to the client. Here is how to get started:

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Cycle to work challenge

Cycle to work challenge

Over the last few years, I’ve dabbled with cycling to work. I have a 20 mile commute there and back and used my mountain bike. It took me about 45 minutes to get into work and around 50 to get back (because it’s uphill all the way!).

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DIBI conference lego

My take on the DIBI conference

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get to attend the 2012 DIBI Conference.For those who have never heard of DIBI (Design It Build It), it is a two track web conference for those of the web design and developer persuasion held annually at The Sage conference centre in Gateshead. Having immensely enjoyed, and inspired by, the 2011 conference along with some of the other Upbeat folks, I was looking forward to tear myself away from the laptop/desk and get inspired all over again.

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Stilwell Virtual Community

University of Cumbria - Buiding a virtual community with real life problems

For the past six years, the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Cumbria have been developing a comprehensive repository of linked e-learning materials to be used in distance, blended and face to face teaching. The materials are based on characters within a fictitious town, covering a wide social spectrum, and offer unique learning opportunities for health students to apply their theoretical knowledge to the real world problems that affect the town’s residents.

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