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How to reduce the number of mocks for testing

We all know that testing objects in isolation is a good thing. (You should also test objects interacting, but that’s a different subject.) Testing in isolation allows us to concentrate on testing a behavior without introducing additional complexity. It also allows us to strictly regulate the external state and eliminate potentially unexpected behavior. To accomplish […] [...]

published on Jun 21 , 2016 0 comments

Using GVM to manage Go (golang) versions

I’m testing microservices build with Go [] lately. So I need to set up a working Go environment. On a mac, it’s as easy as `brew install go`, but on CentOS `yum install go` will give you an outdated 1.4 version of go. There are a few tricks to using Go, but the basics are […] [...]

published on Mar 28 , 2016 0 comments

Test automation advice for distributed teams

While traveling around the USA, I’ve learned a lot about working remotely — on the go. I signed up with a service called Clarity to offer advice to startups on setting up test automation & continuous integration for distributed teams. For a limited time, I’ll be offering free 15 minute sessions, but I’ll also be […] [...]

published on Dec 04 , 2015 1 comment

On the road at last

Today we loaded up all our things into an RV (and a 10×20 storage unit) and drove away from our home in Orem, Utah to Winnemucca, Nevada. It’s a lot farther than you think.  A lot more preparation goes into planning a move like this than it sounds like.  But a lot less than you’d think. […] [...]

published on Aug 28 , 2015 1 comment

Using pyenv with virtualenv and pip cheat sheet

I made some notes on how to use a specific python version with pyenv and using virtualenv to manage packages. using pyenv installation $ git clone ~/.pyenv initialization $ export PYENV_ROOT="$HOME/.pyenv" $ export PATH="$PYENV_ROOT/bin:$PATH" $ eval "$(pyenv init -)" use command completion $ source ~/.pyenv/completions/pyenv.bash (homebrew on mac) $ mkdir ~/pyenv/completions $ cp […] [...]

published on Jun 18 , 2015 0 comments

New Baby

I had a new son delivered on April 3, 2015.  Mikey is healthy. More details coming soon. [...]

published on Apr 14 , 2015 0 comments

Testing SEO

I wrote the following post on LinkedIn after thinking about SEO and marketing for a friend’s business and how it relates to testing. I’m not an SEO or marketing expert. But I am a testing expert. And I am an entrepreneur who thinks about SEO and marketing. I create content about software testing (in part) to […] [...]

published on Mar 18 , 2015 0 comments

Testing facts – problems and solutions

Here are some facts about software testing I compiled to help me seek clarity about what is needed and what can be done to improve the state of software testing. Software testing is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are three segments to the software testing marketplace: tools, services, and infrastructure. Testing is a young and […] [...]

published on Mar 12 , 2015 1 comment

Distributed teams vs Offshoring

I posted a reply to Phil Young on the MagenTys blog about “Re-Shoring.”  Below are my comments on that post. I used to think that communication, culture, and face-to-face interaction were the important factors in why offshoring has failed. But now I think it has more to do with the quality of services. Not that Indian or […] [...]

published on Jan 08 , 2015 0 comments

Dynamic languages should be ashamed of themselves

It’s time for a rant on dynamically typed languages. Frankly, I’m embarrassed by the state of scripting languages these days. The Python, Ruby and Javascript communities have wandered so far from the principle of getting things done simply and quickly in a misguided attempt to cope with their insecurity of not being “big boy languages” or […] [...]

published on Jan 06 , 2015 0 comments

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Hi, I'm Aaron Evans.

I'm a software tester, developer, and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience. My specialty is test automation with open source tools but I've done everything from Linux system administration to mobile app development.

I'm a fan of open source tools, agile process, and distributed teams.

In 2005 I quit my job and moved to Fiji, then sailed to Australia. But I came back to the USA for the girl I left behind.

We got married and moved to Ecuador (twice) and currently live in Utah with 3 kids.

I offer freelance consulting services: developing test automation frameworks, building cloud test environments, and training & support for a variety of testing tools.

I may be interested in providing seed investment & mentoring for your startup.

What I'm doing now...

Apr 05, 2016 10:18am
Writing continuous integration build scripts for Go microservices.

Jul 28, 2015 07:30am
Building a test harness in Python for migrating a huge suite Java/Selenium tests

Jun 18, 2014 12:24pm
Setting up a XenServer host for creating VMs to test SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor CAD plugins for Plethora

Oct 29, 2013 05:29pm
Building cloud test environments

Sep 27, 2013 10:55am
Work on a Selenium Juju Charm

One Shore is my software QA services company. I specialize in test automation with open source tools.

I can build your QA Site on-site or hosted in the cloud with tools for:

  • Defect Tracking
  • Version Control
  • Continuous Integration
  • Build & Test Automation
  • Document Management / Wiki
  • Custom Test Tools

If you are interested in hiring me for a project
call me at 425-242-4304 or email

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Budgeteer is a mobile app being developed for iPhone and Android. It is a personal finance app for tracking expenses and calculating budgets.

Apple Blossom is homeschool & preschool curriculum software including lesson planner. It will have a web and tablet user interface.

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