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Automating the New York Times Crossword - Phil Wells at New York Times

Phil Wells
Software Development Engineer in Test at New York Times
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SauceCon 2019
April 25 2019, Austin, TX, United States
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  • Phil Wells
    Software Development Engineer in Test at New York Times
Phil Wells is a software engineer, author, and dad from Fairview, NJ. He’s a software development engineer in test with the New York Times Games team, which pretty much means he’s been training a computer to do the crossword. Phil does not know Will Shortz.

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Automating the New York Times Crossword - Phil Wells | Software Development Engineer in Test at New York Times

The New York Times crossword grid is made up of hundreds of individual web elements. Automating game logic via the puzzle interface is a daunting technical (and logical) task. Find out how the New York Times Games team uses Webdriver.io, cheerio.js, event listeners, and Sauce Labs to deliver quality crosswords while continuously improving. Attendees in this session will leave with a few key takeaways:

- How to shave assertion-heavy tests’ running times from minutes down to seconds

- How to avoid race conditions when verifying animations on the page

- How the New York Times crossword gets made

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