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Selenium Simplified Paperback – 1 Feb 2012
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The downside is that it is too detailed for professional (you can skip tens of pages with granted well known details) and it is hard for me because I would prefer the book to start every explanation from the big picture down to the details, meanwhile usually it does the opposite.
anyway, you can squeeze the important details in few pages, so the cost is very high, but it is a good teaching book, and complete!
Anyway, I found several interesting chapters that are not directly about Selenium but about testing environments and good practices. The book gives you a quick kick-off with Page Object Model, Hudson, SVN. I wish the author elaborated more on that part of testing. Also, there could be more about Web Drivers in this book.
To sum up if I were a beginner with no previous background in test automation nor Java programming, I would give the book 5 stars. But for me the book is just OK and earns 3 stars from me.
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What this book is, is more of a click-by-click tutorial, of how to use Selenium with Java, and JUnit, and Eclipse, and unfortunately doesn't use Webdriver, instead using the older RC. And because the book assumes the reader is a complete novice, it spends a lot of time no describing Eclipse, and Junit, and all that, which may or may not have any relevance to you if you are trying to learn Selenium and may integrate it differently.
So I dunno, I take some of the blame for not understanding the target audience of this book better. If you are brand new to automated testing, and don't mind using Junit, Java, and Eclipse, then this book would probably be really good for you. For others, bewarned, there are still some "nuggets" of useful information in this book, but you'll have to read through a lot of irrelevant things to find it.
I love John's approach to explaining concepts and reinforcing them by hands on approach.
Thank you for all your knowledge sharing John !
So overall I would recommend this for a 'beginner' in test framework design and implementation.
That said, in some aspects it's too detailed, even for a beginner. I would have liked to have more details and information around the different possibilities to improve and extend the model framework presented in the book. It's true that there are other books and resources out there that offer this but I expected this publication to be a little more thorough.
- requires little background knowledge from reader
- offers a easy to follow and natural way of implementing a good test framework based on Selenium
- present reader with ample code snippets
- on-line .zip with all exercises and code in the book speeds up productivity as one is not required to write code in the book by hand
- too detailed in some trivial to understand areas
- some additional information around improving and extending the framework or alternative possibilities and choices would have been welcome