Your Best Practice Tips for building reliable scripts.

Over the years I've fallen into some pretty bad habits that I would love to break. One of the things that I always strive for is creating scripts that only fail when there is a problem and never because of some slight change to the SUT or slowness in the SUT. I realize this is an ongoing process as much as it is a goal. I'd like to ping the community to get your best tips in creating bullet proof scripts.

Some ongoing thoughts:

1. Your testing a browser and a page that took 5 seconds to load now takes a minute. Your script fails but there is no bug just because of slow load time. What is the best code for avoiding this?

2. You capture an image to CLICK and a few runs later or a month later the same image which looks perfectly fine is no longer found. How do you avoid this?

I know there are areas of the Manual that cover these things. But I'm curious to see if any of you out there have found other solutions.

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