Author Archives: Derek Sisson

Setting an entity property as a list with Gaelyk and Google Appengine

As the Gaelyk site says, “Gaelyk is a lightweight Groovy toolkit for Google App Engine Java.” Gaelyk makes it easier and Groovier to play with datastore entities, allowing the following syntax for creating and saving Entity: import //create the entity Entity student = new Entity(“person”) //set and populate properties student[“name”] = “John Doe” student[“grade”] […]

Canoo Webtest, Groovy, and Maintaining Session with Tests

The open source Canoo Webtest is a powerful tool for automating functional and regression tests for your web application. You can script your test steps in XML or in Groovy (or a mix of both), and you can build a comprehensive library of test steps that you combine and reorder into your tests. The documentation […]

The Straw Man as Web Design Process Motivator

A “straw man” in the most general sense is a sneaky kind of rhetorical argument based on misrepresenting an opponent’s argument [1]. In the design world, on the other-hand, a “straw man” is an artefact of some kind — like a page design, flow chart, storyboard, etc. — intended to initiate discussion. According to Donna […]