A quick tip when getting up and running with Selenium on OS X

I was setting up a basic Selenium test setup and ran into a pretty immediate show stopper:

Cannot find firefox binary in PATH. Make sure firefox is installed. OS appears to be: MAC

I hadn’t yet installed Firefox. After I installed it, however, I still continued to get the error.

My googling lead me to this page, and while the advice is generally what needs to happen, I wanted to detail my exact fix, and make life a little simpler for everyone else.

As you can see, the solution is two fold:

  1. Create a file at ~/bin/firefox with the short script to run firefox. I got unclear errors w/ the source page’s suggestion, and this resolves it.
  2. Create a ~/.profile to add ~/bin/ to your path.
Restart your terminals, fire the Selenium server back up, and you’re good to go!

What is your dream job?

I was thinking about what my dream job would be today, and it occurred to me that I have already figured out my dream job, and how to get it. I have it, in fact. I just haven’t figured out how to actually get paid for it.

See, I have always liked to help people. Never doing well in school, though, ruled out a whole list of options. However, one thing I have always enjoyed is programming.

I wonder how I ended up helping out in #symfony? It seems I made up my own dream job.

So, having your dream job is great, but not being paid to do it, well, that’s not going to work. I have a family to take care of, and they have this unfortunate habit of eating.

So — it’s a work in progress. I suppose that’s pretty much like everything else we do, no?