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CQAA June 2016 Speaker Program: Leveraging Free, Open Source, and Low Cost Tools for Back End Testing

  • 28 Jun 2016
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Morningstar, Inc. 22 W Washington St Chicago, Il 60602 7th Floor Auditorium


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Leveraging Free, Open Source, and Low Cost Tools for Back End Testing

Elysia Lock, Slalom

About the Topic

Front-end GUI testing is a small slice of the QA pie. Much more goes on beyond the interface in the server, database, and API layers. Many testers are discouraged from really digging into the back-end to find the source of issues and uncover bugs that aren’t presented in the application’s GUI. Learn how to identify some areas of the back-end that are prime targets for low-effort, low-cost testing. Elysia shows how back-end testing does not need to be expensive by giving a real-world demo of back-end testing of popular web applications such as Google and Twitter using grep and tail, jmeter, SoapUI, and smart SQL queries. Join Elysia to learn some quick and easy ways to get started with back-end testing for true white-box testing. Finish with a Q & A session aimed at real-life challenges.

Key Learning Objectives
  • Learn tools that make back end testing cost effective
  • Identify areas of back end testing that are low-effort and low-cost
  • See a real-world demo of tail, grep, SoapUI, SQL, and jmeter
About the Speaker

Elysia Lock has spent the last 10 years testing a wide variety of software, including web, desktop, and mobile applications. She got her start in tech by testing Tetrinet Aqua, an open-source multiplayer Tetris game. She has worked for top Chicago dotcoms including GrubHub, Sittercity, and Emmi. Now she serves as a QA Solution Architect at Slalom. Her passion is leading tech teams in creating robust and stable manual and automated test suites. She has a degree in education and has taught both technical and non-technical sessions.

Host and Location

Morningstar, Inc.
22 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
7th Floor Auditorium

Note: A photo ID is required at the security desk.


1:30-2:00 Sign-in & Networking
2:00-2:15 Announcements
2:15-4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 2:45)


PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, June 27, 2016 at If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at

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