Automation

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Web Scraping with a Headless Browser: A Puppeteer Tutorial

by Nick Chikovani

In this article, Toptal Freelance JavaScript Developer Nick Chikovani shows how easy it is to perform web scraping using a headless browser. Specifically, he provides a Puppeteer tutorial, going through a few examples of how to control Google Chrome to take screenshots and gather structured data.

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Don't Repeat Yourself: Automating Repetitive Tasks with WP-CLI

by Nathan Finch

In a recent project, there were several programmatic tasks I needed to repeat periodically. One task in particular involved updating user-level permissions based on evidence of membership level purchase or subscription. Instead of going into the admin panel and manually deleting hundreds (maybe thousands) of subscriptions, I opted to reach for one of my favorite WordPress tools: WP-CLI, which fixed the problem in a few keystrokes.

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Fastlane: iOS Automation on Cruise Control

by Francisco Reynolds

Working on an iOS application can be tedious, especially when you are wasting countless hours doing the most boring tasks: taking screenshots, signing code, and jumping through similar hoops to get your app to the users’ devices. In this article, Toptal Freelance iOS Developer Francisco Reynolds walks you through the ultimate release automation tool for your iOS app and shows how it can save you from all of the tedious tasks.

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Gulp: A Web Developer's Secret Weapon for Maximizing Site Speed

by Anton Kanevsky

When dealing with web-based projects that run in the production environment, being able to build and deploy changes quickly is a top priority. However, repetitive processes such as building front-end assets, when not automated, can be prone to critical errors. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Anton Kanevsky shows us how Gulp can solve various challenges of build automation through simple JavaScript routines.

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Automation in Selenium: Page Object Model and Page Factory

by Dejan Zivanovic

Proper test automation is not always easy to achieve and requires almost as much design and thought as needed for the software itself. In the agile way of development tests are an essential ingredient in ensuring quality of software. However, unless these test codes are maintainable, they can prove to be more of a nuisance, especially when it comes to automated testing of modern web applications. This article is an easy introduction to Selenium features Page Object and Page Factory, how they can be used to model web applications, and how to write maintainable test code using them.

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Deploy Web Applications Automatically Using GitHub Webhooks

by Mahmud Ridwan

Deploying instances of a web application to one or more servers manually can often be a monotonous process, and take up a significant amount of your time. With little effort, it is possible to automate the process of deploying your web application with almost zero human intervention. This article outlines a simple approach to automating web application deployments using GitHub webhooks, buildpacks, and Procfiles.

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An Introduction to JavaScript Automation with Gulp

by Antonios Minas

Developers often automate certain repetitive and tedious tasks to save time as well as to stay focused on the task at hand. This article demonstrates how simple and easy it is to use Gulp as a build tool.

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