About

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Hi there 👋🏻,

I’m Gaurav Singh. I live in Bangalore, India 🇮🇳 with my wife and with my other love …

Computers 💻 what else?

I like to think of myself as a Technology enthusiast and geek. My first PC ran on a Intel 80386 CPU with just 80 MB Storage and 1 MB RAM 🤯 running Windows 3.1 and the earliest programming language I remember fumbling with was BASIC so I guess I grew up around computers right off the bat

Over the years, I have been Testing and Automating a lot of Web apps, Mobile Apps (Android/IOS) and Backend systems (API, Distributed systems) in different domains and companies of different sizes ranging from large enterprises, mid sized product companies and hyper growth startups

I consider myself a fairly experienced Tester and have spent a significant amount of time writing automation frameworks and utilities in Python, Java and Kotlin. I also dabble with a bit of JavaScript occasionally

My work and experience have made me quite opinionated on how good testing should happen and I do NOT believe a tester is a sole person responsible for Quality but rather in a whole team testing approach.

Core values and principles

One of my core principles in life is to Have strong opinions weakly held and thus healthy debate and discussion are very valuable to me to learn and grow together. I believe best ideas should stand on the shoulder of data and experience and in the end should win.

I also like to follow the reasonable person principle and am always keen to listen and understand all viewpoints for something under discussion before coming to my own conclusions.

I believe in Trust, but verify and like to give people a lot of upfront benefit of the doubt but believe over the long term trust is largely earned through actions and behavior and I do not look at just the surface but try to dive deeper.

I believe the best way to learn something is to teach it and thus I try to be active in the Software engineering community and share as well as learn from others. You may find value in going through some of the courses i’ve created and talks that i’ve delivered.

Why do you blog?

My reasons are mostly selfish. I needed a repository of solutions to common Test automation problems and also a way to keep track of my journey through the world of Software engineering.

This blog is a way for me to hold on to all these experiences and sort of leave a trail of breadcrumbs which I (or someone else) could go back and refer.

To me, testing is a holistic field in itself with its own set of nuances and this blog is a way for me express and share it with the larger community.

Hopefully, this is useful, relevant or at least interesting to other people as well.

What does the logo mean?

Testing and Automation to me is often exploring a network of Connected/overlapping components/concerns within a specific context and this symbol represents the same to me.

Automation hacks logo

Are these cross posted?

Yes, some of these blogs are cross posted on below, This original site will be updated in case of any modifications

How can I contact you

Please feel free to drop in your thoughts via any of the below channels:

profile for Gaurav Singh at Stack Overflow, Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers