[Wtr-development] 2012 Watir Day
alister.scott at gmail.com
Sat Oct 22 06:58:11 EDT 2011
I enjoyed Watir Day immensely this year, Selenium Conference less so. It was
something about the size/intimacy of Watir Day that made it special.
I remember hearing lots of discussion about how Watir could be more
integrated into SeConf next year at this year's conference. It seems however
that this theme has been lost since then, as when Bret suggested a Watir
track <https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21topic/seconf/f2IddaqKpfc> on the
SeConf group it was quickly dismissed by Simon Stewart from Google:
*"I'd rather avoid having tracks dedicated to a specific API, but we can
> certainly accept watir talks into the main event."
So, it made me think, there's an inherent risk of not having anything Watir
related on the agenda considering how Selenium heavy the people deciding who
the speakers will be (Jason Huggins et al), and from recollection there were
no watir talks accepted for the main conference this year.
The benefit of the Selenium Conference 2012 is obviously it is in London,
which is considerably closer to a lot of the key team (Zeljko, Jarmo, Jari
I attended AWTA is 2009, and it was fantastic. Like Watir Day, but less
Watir specific. Plus I really enjoyed visiting Austin (better climate than
I've had some quick discussions with Bret about an AWTA like event early
next year. Bret is keen to showcase Watirmark: Convio's Watir framework.
Here's some of my ideas:
- Open source test automation workshop - not Watir specific - but
primarily focused on Watir/WebDriver
- Specification by Example a key theme
- ~ 100 attendees
- Fairly cheap entry
- In Austin
- In Feb-March 2012
- Sponsors similar to Watir Day
- Interesting varied workshop with hands on demos, presentations,
challenges and competitions
I am more than happy to help with organization: promotion, ticketing,
website, timeslots, speakers etc.
The problem I see is if the key Watir folk (Jarmo, Jari, Zeljko) are unable
to attend due to distance/cost.
Also, SXSW (South by SouthWest) in on March 9-18, so we'd want to avoid that
period as it would be almost impossible to get hotels etc. I imagine.
Watir Web Master: http://watir.com
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more. The other is to desire less." *~ G. K. Chesterton*
On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM, Bret Pettichord <bret at pettichord.com>wrote:
> It was really great to see so many of you in San Francisco this year. I
> think we need to meet again next year.
> We could meet with the Selenium team again, but this time in London, or we
> could meet here in Austin. Or we could meet some where else.
> What do you think?
> Bret Pettichord
> Director, Watir Project, www.watir.com
> Blog, www.testingwithvision.com
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