Lance Cleveland

Selenium IDE3 Using If and Variables

Selenium IDE3 is continually evolving and has become my new tool-of-choice for testing web apps from the user experience perspective. Some of the features of the older Selenium IDE, such as rollups, are not supported. This has required some time to learn how to recreate test scripts in the new IDE. Along the way I’ve learned some tricks which are not documented on the main Selenium IDE site.

Creating Selenium IDE3 Variables

Using variables in Selenium IDE3 is similar to the older releases. Use the Store command to save common text or other values to a variable. Target is the value to be stored and Value is the name of the variable. Yes, confusing — but that may change as the IDE continues to be refined over time.

Read More

nginx Installing WordPress In A Subdirectory

We have recently run into a number of customers using Store Locator Plus® that are having issues with the new REST based geocoding system. It turns out that an overwhelming percentage of people that are having issues have WordPress installed in a subdirectory. Apparently not all subdirectory installs are created equal — if it is not done properly things break.

What is a subdirectory install?

A subdirectory install is one in which WordPress is installed in a directory within the document root of a website. Sometimes this is done when WordPress is only managing one part of a website such as the newsfeed or blog. Other users use this install to separate WordPress core code from the add-on and upload code (plugins, themes, uploads) and the site configuration.

For the sake of this explanation we’ll reference the document root as being in the public_html directory and WordPress inside of a /wordpress directory within.

Our example install structure
Read More

Toshiba FireTV Can’t Connect To Amazon

The Toshiba 49LF421U19, aka Toshiba Fire TV 49″ Best Buy edition, seems like a great deal. On sale it can be had for well under $300 delivered. For an Alexa-enabled Smart TV with 1080p that is not a bad deal. It should be perfect for the PS4 in the game room and double as the “kids TV” — especially during the upcoming Super Bowl party.

However things aren’t all great with this techno-TV.

After getting the TV booted the first time, listening to the annoying “bing” every few minutes until batteries are put in the remote, waiting or an update to download for 5 minutes, then having to sit through a 3-minute infomercial it was time to use the TV. First step — connect to Amazon.

Except You Cannot Connect To Amazon

Despite retyping my password and email address at least 8 different times using the on-screen keyboard … or about 3,978 remote clicks later — I realized there was a problem talking to Amazon. Despite the video having been downloaded and the software update; meaning the network was fine.

Read More

Microsoft Teams – Link to Tabs Not Content

Using the Microsoft Teams native app on your desktop? It it CONSTANTLY opening BROWSER WINDOWS to get to content within Teams? Yeah, happens to me too.

Turns out there is a way to copy the link to a TAB in a teams project that includes a specially encoded hint to the browser. That hint tells the browser “open this in the Microsoft Teams window”.

Why in the HELL Microsoft has to redirect links to its own content out through an external browser and back in again is beyond me — but at least this trick puts you immediately back into Teams …. until the next click.

Teams Personal Notebook

A place to store the links and info you can never find. I’m using the Teams app on my MacBook and leveraging the “personal OneNote” notebook to keep track of things I can never find in this larger project. Yes, Teams search sometimes maybe works — but it is no Google.

%d bloggers like this: