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eXtreme GUI Software Testing (Part 2)

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry (eXtreme GUI Testing, Part 1) I've been motivated to work on a project in my spare time, and I'd like to start leaking the details here.

For lack of a better name I'm currently calling this project eXtreme GUI Tester, or XGT for short. As its name implies, this is an application (actually a suite of applications) that hopes to make automated GUI testing a little more of a reality.

Changeup lessons from a 13-year-old kid

I wonder how many times perfect lessons are right in front of our face that we never see?

A 13-year-old kid throwing a changeup

For some reason this year I've woken up at least six times in the middle of the night dreaming about how to throw a changeup, or wishing that I had learned to throw a changeup when I was a pitcher in high school. I probably wasn't very good, but I wasn't too bad either, and if I didn't have arthritis at age 18 I might have pitched a little in college.

On being Microsoft-free in retirement

Since leaving corporate America in May of this year I found it interesting to look up one day and realize that I don't need Microsoft products for anything in my life. It turns out that there's not much intersection between (a) the life of a semi-retired person and (b) needs for spreadsheets, formatted text documents, and presentation software. And on the two occasions I did need to write letters to an insurance company Open Office on the Mac worked just fine, thank you.

Wed, Jul 4, 2007 (New look and feel)

The 4th of July delivers a new look and feel for this blog, as well as huge changes to the main Java page for the site.

I've been working mostly on Java/Swing/JFC projects for the last several years, so I haven't done a lot with CSS lately. But one thing I will say is that I've bent over for IE6 just as much as I care to right now. Maybe my CSS skills need a lot of work, but hey, I'm not doing any rocket science here. From what I've seen Swing on Java is just as portable as CSS on different platforms. That's my whine for the day.

Wed, Jun 27, 2007 (Comments about John Edwards)

Hey, I'm not a John Edwards fan myself, and I wouldn't know Ann Coulter if she was standing at my front door, but anyone that says something like this is sick:

"If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."
Ann Coulter

Ms. Coulter, you need to get yourself some help.


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