About this website
As you can see in the tagline, this site is all about the SMART application of test tools, where SMART stands for:

  • Service-oriented – This is twofold: first, I have a strong interest in test automation and service virtualization that acts on the web service / API tier. Second, my blog posts are written as a service to the test automation community, and I hope this site provides some value to at least part of my readers.
  • Maintainable – A lot of effort in test automation goes towards maintaining existing solutions. Applying good design and implementation patterns can save you an incredible amount of time and money, so maintainability is a key topic in a lot of my posts.
  • Actionable – I try and write my posts in such a fashion that you can act on them immediately, either by downloading example projects and playing around with them or by providing tips and tricks on tools and design and implementation patterns that you can apply in your own projects.
  • Results-oriented – Actionable blog posts have little value when there’s no clear goal. Therefore, writing about the why of doing or not doing something is just as important as the how.
  • Technical – Test automation is software development, and there’s no way to do it properly without diving deep into the technical details. I don’t believe in snake oil solutions that offer you code-free test automation, and neither should you.

About me
My name is Bas Dijkstra and I am an independent test automation professional. I have around 10 years of experience in designing and development test automation and service virtualization solutions that enhance and improve test teams and test processes. You can find more information about my professional life on my LinkedIn profile. For questions and more information you can always send me an email at bas@ontestautomation.com or give me a nudge via @_basdijkstra on Twitter

I live in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, together with my wife and two sons. When I am not at work, I like to go for a run, read a good book (I am quite partial to British detective novels by the likes of Elizabeth George and Deborah Crombie), listen to mostly classical music and/or enjoy a good glass of white wine. Personality-wise, I’m an INTP.