Besides the obvious “Europeans are more hip to this Skype thing than us American’s” comment, it gave me an opportunity to find out what he’s been up to since I haven’t seen him for two years.
A quick lookup in PHP shows one package he’s been working on is a Selenium PHP client. Cool!
If you are in Quality Assurance, and need to do automated acceptance/integration testing of web UI, check out Selenium. It’s simply an amazing piece of free software.
Thanks to Paul Hammant of ThoughtWorks for pointing out this product to me over a year ago as a example of how to get around the problem of polling. I keep forgetting to tell other people about Selenium. But every time I do, they are surprised such a product exists.
(I mentioned this product in my 0-60 Ajax talk.)