Don’t be a fool with a tool

Fundamental knowledge for proper test automation

Proper programming foundations will improve your test automation drastically, while in parallel causing less stress and being easier to maintain.

How is your automation journey going? Are you a beginner or have you already started your journey, but are still struggling? In both cases, this talk is for you! I will share my own experiences and struggles, and you’ll learn how to bring your test automation to the next level.

Many people get into test automation without having a profound background in programming or without receiving any proper training. They have some idea about what tool to use, gathered some basic knowledge, and managed to create some automated tests with it.

At a certain point, you suspect that something is not quite right with your automation. Your code feels messy and maintaining it is hell, costs a lot of time and frustrates you.

This talk has you covered. You’ll learn about:

  • How to create a proper strategy for your test automation;
  • How to use object-oriented programming principles in your test automation;
  • How to recognize and eliminate code smells

I will present practical solutions to problems I see a lot of people are facing too. I encountered them too. You will walk away with practical advice you can use in your daily work. This will reduce the stress and pain of working, by significantly improving the quality of your automated tests and reducing maintenance efforts.


  • Learn fundamental principles and strategies that can improve your test automation projects;
  • Get guidance on where to start improving your test automation code and receive pointers for further studies to continue your test automation journey with less trouble;
  • Learn about ways to make test automation code less messy and easier to maintain.

Note: The talk is not meant to cover all topics in-depth, but to make the audience aware that certain principles and concepts exist. Those will be presented & explained in what context they are useful, so the audience has a starting point for further studies.

Disclaimer: This talk is not about any specific tool or framework. The principles described are generic, and I've seen them work in different contexts.