The second dojo – UI test automation and Watir

The second dojo was about UI test automation and Watir. We started with the presentations – this time one presentation for the whole course. First was the general presentation about UI test automation. I have to admit that having already researched the subject to some extent because of my work, there wasn't that much new information in that presentation. However, the presentation was good and the lecturer's comments about UI test automation software, their problems and experiences about the software was nice.


”Software testing – special course” 101

In this period I'm attending a course that I was very much looking forward to: Software testing – special course. The special part means that it's being lectured by two industry experts on software testing, and the structure of the course is quite different from any other course I've been to. I love the idea of industry people coming to universities as lecturers, because although the university staff are most certainly knowledgeable people on their respective fields, most of the courses have bee held by the same lecturer at least once before.


Drupal 7 logging to rsyslog

The usual way to do Drupal 7 logging is to save all the log entries to the database. This has it's benefits and it's problems: On one hand it works fine on every Drupal site without requiring any additional software or access to the server. On the other hand, it causes a few extra database queries (which in itself isn't that horrible, but when there are already plenty, you usually want to do everything in your power to minimize the amount...). And of course, for the logs to be useful they should be monitored and acted upon.


Extending the Drupal 6 FINeID smart card authentication

On Sunday I wrote about Drupal 6 authentication with a FINeID card. In it I also claimed I was planning on expanding the Certificate Login module to facilitate an option for OpenID style identification, in which the user name doesn't need to be taken directly from the certificate but the user can instead be attached to any number of certificates. This is possible by using Drupal 6's authmap-table, which also Drupal's own OpenID module uses.


Drupal 6 authentication on Apache 2 with a Finnish Population Register Centre (VRK) FINeID smart card

Months ago I acquired the Finnish FINeID smart card produced by the Police and Population Register Centre, even though plans about discontinuing it altogether have already been made. In addition to being a traditional identification card, it has a certificate that can be used for both authentication and signing documents – although quite few services actually support it (pretty much the only ones are public sector and Itella NetPosti – one bank did allow it for quite a while, but they discontinued it stating lack of use).



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