RoboCon 2021 – 3 days packed with presentations, sprints & workshops!

RoboCon is an annual gathering of the Robot Framework (RF) community. This year, as you’ve probably guessed, the 2021 conference-the 4th of its kind, was held as a remote event-RBCN 2021 REMOTE EVENT from the 16th through the 18th of March. This 3-day event was packed with presentations and a good number of sprints and workshops extending upto the 19th of March. Gather.town hosted the conference virtually in the 2D RoboCon Venue.

As of 2021, a total of 57 companies are supporting the RF development through the foundation. Symbio is one of the members of the Robot Framework Foundation. The RF community is also very active and offers a slew of contributions.

RoboCon 2021 venue in Gather.town

Pekka Klärck presented the RF major release 4.0 in the keynote that kicked off the conference. Fortunately (or unfortunately-depending on your Python convictions) this will be the last Python 2 compatible major release. But it sure comes with a bunch of cool features:

RF has been the generic open-source automation framework of choice for many a project in Finland and abroad. Its operating system and application agnostic nature make it an ideal test automation and robotic process automation framework. It continues to enjoy support from the cutting-edge tech giants for its development as well as boasts of a passionate developer community churning out great enhancements for it. Its open and extensible nature allows for it to be integrated with virtually any other tool to create great and flexible automation solutions. And, all that comes at no cost to use, i.e. no licensing fees. RF shines with its approach to utilizing human-readable keywords. It continues to be at its best with using Python, however, Jython (JVM) and IronPython (.NET) are “alternatives”. Check out the RF project on GitHub.

Latest and greatest RF marketsquare goodies!

  • Robocop – static code analysis tool for Robot Framework language
  • Browser – browser automation library
  • Roboscripts – search Engine for Robot Framework Libraries

Working at Symbio

Symbio is a community of people who believe that work can be fun and rewardingMy job at Symbio as Test Automation Engineer gives me many opportunities to develop test automation features and CI/CD capabilities in our clients’ development teams.

If you are interested to work as my work mate, check out our open positions!

Sayed Tenkanen Senior Engineer, QA