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Automated testing can be complicated. Why not simplify things by associating a harmless food name with something related to automated testing? The name will be easy to remember, have happy associations with a kind of food, and allow for a fun graphic! In fact, perhaps this is a lesson learned from the fruit-named company that makes iOS! I started writing down a list of food names associated with automated testing, and this is what I came up with (let me know if you think of any others!):
Calabash – In the food world, it is a kind of squash that grows on a tree. I admit it, I had to look that up – I knew that the tree produced exotic-looking hard gourds, but I didn’t know what fruit it bore. In the automated testing world, Calabash is a set of libraries used for automated acceptance tests in Cucumber for Android and iOS mobile apps. It is open-source and free, and requires Ruby.
Cucumber – In the food world, this is a long green vegetable that grows on vines. In the automated testing world, it is for Behavior-Driven development. One of the books on Cucumber is even called Cucumber Recipes! Libraries from Calabash (see above) allow Cucumber to run automated functional tests. Steps in Cucumber look like: [Given/When/Then] I [verb] [thing the action pertains to]. One of the arguments of the initialize command is kernel, which of course also means a piece of corn.
eggPlant – In the food world, this purple vegetable is part of the nightshade family, and called “aubergine” in the UK. In the automated testing world, eggPlant (owned by TestPlant – a UK company that did not change the name to “Aubergine”) comprises a variety of tools designed for various testing needs, including functional, load/performance, mobile and network. . The tools are relevant in agile, mobile, web and DevOps deployments.
Gherkin – In the food world, a gherkin is a pickled cucumber. In the automated testing world, Gherkin is a line-oriented programming language that is straight-forward for the technical- unsavvy and is used to describe behavior. If this sounds like Cucumber, you’re right! Gherkin is Cucumber’s language, and you do not have to be pickled to use it.
Omelet – In the food world, an omelet is an egg dish where the beaten eggs are cooked in a pan and folded around a variety of ingredients. In the test automation world, Omelet is an automation library for Selenium WebDriver, which is built in Java and uses TestNG and can be used for cross-browser testing. Ironically, eggs are a great source of selenium.
Selenium – In the food world, it is an essential micronutrient for animal life forms. In the testing world, Selenium is an open source tool for automated software testing, supported by a large community. It is free, browser-neutral, very popular, and supports many programming languages (one of which is drink-related: Java). The name Selenium comes from a joke mocking a competitor named Mercury, saying that you can cure “Mercury poisoning” by taking Selenium supplement.
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