- Online Video Courses
- Test Automation Frameworks
- 1) Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship by Robert C. Martin
- 2) Software Test Automation
- 3) Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide
- 4) Selenium Design Patterns by Dima Kovalenko
- 5) Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster
- 6) Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory
- 7) Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin Fowler and Kent Beck
- 8) Selenium Guidebook
- Websites to Practice Test Automation
- E-learning Platforms
- Blogs / Websites
- Virtual Conferences
- Webinars / Videos
- Slides / Presentations
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When I first started doing test automation many years ago, I had a really tough time finding good resources to help me improve my skills. I found that there were many bad resources, many mediocre ones, and very few that were actually helpful. Therefore, when I found good resources to learn Selenium Webdriver, I saved them. I still do this today.
Below is a list of the best automation resources that I have gathered over the years. I hope that they are as helpful for you as they are to me.
Online Video Courses
Selenium WebDriver | Java | $229
There are a ton of courses out there to learn Selenium WebDriver. Most of them are complete garbage, but Alan’s course is just awesome. He will teach you many different aspects to learn Selenium Webdriver such as how to:
- Handle iFrames
- Write tests
- Perform user interactions
- Work with tabs
- And so much more, from basic to advanced
Selenium WebDriver | C# | Visual Studio| MS Test | $19
Yes, this is a shameless plug for my course, but in all honesty, this is a wonderful course. It is the #2 rated Selenium course on Udemy and has over four thousand students. Some of the topics that you will learn are:
- Everything you need to get started with Selenium WebDriver
- How to create your first automation framework from scratch
- The Page Object Model, the most effective way to create automation testing frameworks
- C# for beginners to make you efficient at coding frameworks
- Visual Studio and MSTest framework
- Much more…
This isn’t purely just a video course to learn Selenium WebDriver. This is actually a collection of a bunch of great resources from Dave. You get video tutorials, an e-book, and cheat sheets. I bought it myself and am definitely satisfied. Here you can learn:
- Local configurations
- Cloud configurations
- Write maintainable tests
- Much more
Selenium WebDriver | C# | BDD | $29/mo
This is an excellent course on PluralSight that will teach you how to do Behavior Driven Development using SpecFlow framework. Jason does an excellent job teaching the relevant topics for BDD. It’s actually the only BDD course that I have seen for the SpecFlow framework. Some things that you can learn are:
- Page Objects in Selenium
- Behavior Driven Development concepts
Selenium WebDriver | C# | Visual Studio | $Free
Struggling with flaky tests? This is a free course to learn Selenium Webdriver that you can use to seriously improve the stability of your automated functional tests. Here are some topics that you will learn:
- Learn the problems that can occur as a result of improper synchronization
- Learn how to use Selenium Webdriver explicit waits
- Master Selenium Webdriver implicit waits
- Comprehend how to use all of the different types of waits during appropriate situations
Test Automation Frameworks
Did you know that there is an abundance of incredible code out in the world that has already been developed? You are not the first person to try and build an Enterprise level test automation framework. People have been doing this for decades. This is going to be a list of all the automation frameworks that I have found through my years of development. Most of it is Selenium WebDriver since it’s what I am currently using. Take a look at everything to gather some ideas for your efforts.
Selenium WebDriver | C# | Page Object Model
This is my open source framework that I teach through my complete course to learn Selenium Webdriver. It is lightweight, easy to use, and is based around the Page Object Model for easy maintenance. Fork it or download it to get some new ideas for your future framework.
Selenium Webdriver | Test Studio | C#
Anton has a ton of useful code that you can look at. He applies different design patterns to his code to show you how it would look. For example, you can see how to use the Strategy Design Pattern, the Facade Design Pattern, Page Object Model, and Advanced Page Object Model. You can cycle through it and decide what you want to reuse.
Selenium WebDriver | BDD | C# | Acceptance Testing
SpecFlow is one of the few C# BDD frameworks out there, which automatically makes it a highly desirable candidate. This framework helps you to build acceptance tests using business readable specifications. Therefore, these tests are readable by the developers, testers, and business personnel. In theory, these tests can replace requirements as they serve as living documentation.
Selenium WebDriver | GUI Testing | RESTful testing | SauceLabs
This framework is one of the most feature-rich frameworks that I have ever seen in the industry. It helps you to build GUI tests, RESTful tests, tests against Windows applications and runs all of this locally or in the cloud. I spent many hours looking at this code and learned a lot.
The creator has some excellent strategies for making very readable tests. Furthermore, he creates great logs, screenshots, and video recordings to help debug the failed tests. Sadly, I cannot get it to run consistently, but it’s a great place to start building from.
Gauge is a test automation framework designed by the guys that created Selenium WebDriver. Although I haven’t explored it myself, it does seem interesting, since it was created by the Selenium guys. They do seem to create resources that change the world. It’s a resource I will look at in the future, and you should as well.
Test Automation | Keyword Driven | C# | Java | Python
This is an open source keyword-driven framework that allows users to build keyword-driven actions in order to create their tests through a simple user interface. They have integration capabilities with source control, continuous integration, and many others. I’m not a big fan of keyword-driven frameworks, but if they are your cup of tea, then you should look at RedwoodHQ. Here are some great links to get you started:
Automation Framework | BDD | Java
Serenity is a BDD framework that works with Java and Selenium WebDriver. Serenity also offers functionality such as:
- Providing WebDriver management
- Taking screenshots
- Running tests in parallel
- Facilitating Jira integration
I have not personally used it, but I know some people that use it and they all say fantastic things about Serenity. It makes me a bit jealous that it doesn’t integrate with my Visual Studio.
Selenium WebDriver | BDD | Specflow | C#
If you are looking to build Behavior Driven Development tests using Selenium WebDriver and C#, then Alister has the code that you want to see. He utilized SpecFlow‘s framework to run his tests. I always recommend that you look at all the code you can to acquire knowledge from other individuals.
Many years ago someone called me a guru at using QuickTest Pro for functional test automation since I knew how to do everything with that tool. Which was ironic, because as a “guru” of QTP, I was only able to maintain about 10 functional tests with any kind of reliability.
Today, I am capable of coding a functional Graphical User Interface test in under 30 minutes with a guarantee of 99 percent reliability. I can also execute hundreds of functional tests every single day. I’m not saying this to brag; I’m stating it to convey that there is a secret to such a transformation.
That secret was reading books.
If you want to truly master test automation and put a smile on the face of your managers, you must read. Every book you read will be an extra weapon enhancing your test automation arsenal.
Below is a list of the most impactful books that I read to improve my test automation skills.
Although this is not a book specifically for test automation, it’s one that every code writer should own. Out of all the books that I have read, this one has caused one of the largest improvements to my functional test automation.
Bob Martin conveys a ton of coding best practices that anyone writing code should implement, even you, Automation Engineers. Furthermore, Uncle Bob tells the best stories. Some of the topics that are covered include how to:
- Write meaningful names
- Write good functions
- Handle comments
- Deal with objects and data structures
- Do proper error handling
- Write unit tests
It’s funny how the books that have had the most impact on my automated functional testing were books on software development. At some point, all Automation Engineers reach a place where automation skills are no longer their Achilles heel. Rather, it’s a lack of understanding of good Object Oriented design and patterns to deal with common problems faced by all of us.
Yes, I was a QTP guru according to some, but I was not a great Test Automation Engineer. This book helped me to surpass any such impasse by covering fundamental design patterns such as:
- Factory Pattern – excellent for WebDriver initializations
- Strategy Pattern – excellent for different kinds of behaviors
- Other great object oriented design principles such as “programming to an interface and not an implementation”
- Hermetic Design Pattern
- Page Object Pattern
- Spaghetti Antipattern
- And much more
This is an excellent resource for test automation. Dorothy and Mark have a lot of experience and their advice can help you to overcome many hurdles when dealing with test automation. Even today, I still see people making a lot of mistakes that could be overcome by reading this resource.
You will learn some valuable techniques, including:
- How to prioritize automation
- What to automate
- How to automate
- Management issues
- Technical issues
- Database automation
- Regression testing in production
- Automating the testing of complex government systems.
6) Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory
I originally picked up this book to become a better tester in general. Although I am still reading this book, I have learned some valuable information. Some things that you will learn include how to:
- Overcome barriers to test automation
- Get testers engaged in agile development
- Determine where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team
- Look for when hiring an agile tester
- Transition from a traditional cycle to agile development
- Complete testing activities in short iterations
- Use tests to successfully guide development
7) Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin Fowler and Kent Beck
I don’t care what anyone says. A good Test Automation Engineer is a good programmer. Now, we may never work for Google developing Google Chrome, but we should have the capability to understand good code and write good code. We should have the capability to design a maintainable, robust, and flexible test automation framework. When we face one that isn’t good, we should have the capability to refactor it.
This is an excellent resource from Dave Haeffner that is purely focused on teaching you to learn Selenium WebDriver. He goes through all of the pain points of working with Selenium and covers them one by one. Some topics that you will learn are:
- Getting Started
- Finding and Verifying Locators
- Your First Test
- Writing Maintainable Tests with Page Objects
- Writing Really Maintainable Tests with a Base Page Object
Websites to Practice Test Automation
A free place to practice some scenarios like:
- Testing a large complicated page
- Work with simple HTML elements like buttons
- Fill out forms
- Automate an application that evolves over time
Another free website that I got from a book I read called Selenium Design Patterns. This website is a simulator of an online store where you can purchase different kinds of items. You can try to automate items such as:
- Slow AJAX
- Slow animation
- Third party links
- Credit card transactions
- Online store checkout scenarios
Dave designed an excellent place to practice different kinds of test automation scenarios. Some of the scenarios that you can try to automate include:
- A/B Testing
- Basic Auth
- File Upload
- Challenging DOM
- Slow connections
- Dynamic content
- Redirect links
This is an online investment website where you can practice different automation techniques like user creation and money transaction validations. I got this website from the book A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design by Lee Copeland . Please use the Authorization Code 11111111, and you will be able to register for the site and login to practice your automated software testing.
A free place to practice different identification techniques such as:
- Using HTML ID to interact with your element
- Utilizing HTML class to interact with your elements
- Filling out different forms
- Practicing signing up for an email list
- Automating login scenarios
This is an excellent demo travel site that you can use to practice your test automation. They have a front end and a back end for you to automate.
This is an excellent demo travel site that you can use to practice your test automation. They have a front end and a back end for you to automate.
This is really a nice fake e-commerce site to practice test automation. If you have a project where you need to practice different flows for online stores, this is the website you want. You can practice
- Adding items to the cart
- Checking out
- Validating that items have been added
This is a neat little website with simple elements to practice test automation with. It has:
- Draggable elements
- Droppable elements
- Selectable elements
- Sortable elements
- Much more
These are websites that contain a bunch of very useful courses. Some are paid and some are free. Take a look and search for your desired topic.
Software Testing | Programming | Git | Free & Paid
This is a great site with very high-quality videos. The videos are recorded so you can take interactive quizzes based on the content that is drawn on the page, during the video. The instructor may ask you to identify the correct solution to a problem, write four answer choices, and then you can interact with the User Interface to select the correct choice. Two of my favorite free courses are Software Testing and How To Use Git and Github.
Development Training | C# | Ruby | Python | Git
This is a really sweet website for learning different kinds of programming languages by actually coding your own games. The video editing of these tutorials is excellent and they are extremely interactive.
Development Training | C# | .NET | Free
This is an excellent website from Microsoft. Here you can learn a lot about all of the different Microsoft technologies from excellent and knowledgeable instructors. Some of my favorite courses to improve your automation skills include:
Online University | Free & Paid
Their motto is “Take free online courses from top universities.” Therefore, you can take real college courses online. Most are completely free. The only catch is you actually have to participate in the course because they have hard start dates, homework, and quizzes. Some courses that you can partake in include:
- Software Security
- Testing With Agile
- Mastering The Software Engineering Interview
- Reviews & Metrics for Software Improvements
This is a top notch site with some of the best professionals teaching great topics. These professionals include John Sonmez, Aaron Frost, and Scott Allen. You can learn different programming languages like Java, C#, and Python by watching video tutorials. You can also learn automation tools like Selenium WebDriver, Coded UI, NUnit, Visual Studio Test, and much more. All of the video tutorials come with code and notes that you can use in order to enhance your retention rate. Some of my favorite courses include:
Blogs / Websites
You cannot have a resource guide to test automation without including the headquarters of knowledge for Selenium WebDriver. This is a fantastic wiki for a great deal of information related to learn Selenium Webdriver. Some of the topics that you can read about from the contributors themselves include:
Selenium Webdriver | Automation Testing | Quality Assurance | Software Testing
This is my home base where I talk about everything related to QA with a serious focus on automated software testing using Selenium WebDriver. I have both posts and actual video tutorials that teach you step-by-step. Here are some examples of what you can learn:
- Complete Selenium Webdriver with C# Course
- Introduction to Sauce Labs and Browser Stack
- Selenium Webdriver User Interactions
- Common Selenium Webdriver Errors and How to Fix Them
- How to Work with iFrames using Selenium Webdriver
Selenium WebDriver | Ruby
This is a serious gold mine of information when it comes to Selenium WebDriver. Forget that it’s only with Ruby; that’s irrelevant. If you want to learn how to perform impressive tasks with Selenium WebDriver, go through the archives and admire the code. Here are examples of posts that will teach you how to:
Automation Testing | QA| Development
Without a doubt, Joe is one of my favorite thought leaders in test automation. Joe constantly provides quality content regarding all kinds of different subjects. For example, you will learn:
This is my default blog for general QA learning. I strongly recommend that you check it out.
HTML | XPath | CSS | Web
If you are going to be doing any kind of test automation, you need to learn some basics about HTML and other web technologies. This has excellent resources to help you get started:
Test Automation | C# | Jenkins | Visual Studio | TFS | Telerik Test Studio
Anton delivers high-quality content that helps me to grow as a Test Automation Specialist. He covers a bunch of amazing topics related to test automation. For example:
Topics Covered: Software Testing, Software Development, DevOps
This is a free monthly publication that focuses on topics such as Software Testing, Software Development, DevOps, and much more.
This is by far the best online conference I have ever attended. All other online conferences are deeply disappointing when compared to the Automation Guild. It is extremely focused and convenient. A small sample of all the talks there include:
- If You Want To Automation, You Learn to Code
- Using Page Object Pattern to Dramatically Stabilize Your Automation
- How to Grade Your Selenium Tests
- Screenplay Pattern with Serenity BDD
Free | Test Automation | Software Testing
This is another option for an online conference that can have some benefit for you. Honestly, a lot of the talks are just self-promotion and useless information about a specific tool. However, there might be a few talks here that pique your interest. And it is free.
Webinars / Videos
Test Automation Grading Rubric | Selenium WebDriver | Automation Best Practices
Fantastic webinar by Dave Haeffner that I highly recommend. He tackles a really interesting topic of grading your automation tests based on a rubric that he devised, which actually helps you to analyze how good your automated tests are. I seriously believe that this is one online video that you should watch to seriously improve your automated software testing.
Test Automation | Selenium WebDriver | Page Object Pattern
This is a free course on Youtube that will give you a complete understanding of the Page Object Pattern when it comes to test automation. Using Selenium WebDriver, I show you how to create readable functional tests, how to create Page Objects, and how to scale your Page Objects when your automation is beginning to take shape.
Test Automation | Selenium WebDriver | User Interactions
This is a free course on Youtube that will give you a complete understanding of how to perform keyboard and mouse interactions using Selenium WebDriver. These skills are useful in order to be able to do things like drag n’ drop, resize, draw, hover, and much more.
Test Automation Techniques
This video is a Zephyr presentation regarding the best techniques to get test automation right. The presentation is really fantastic because of the guests on this webinar. Dave Haeffner, Joe Colantonio, and John Sonmez are three powerful minds that share their experiences here. They cover everything from basic tips to learn Selenium Webdriver to advanced topics to help improve the stability of your tests.
Test Automation | Scalability
This is a great webinar from Telerik by Peter Kim that goes into depth about how to build a test automation framework that scales. He teaches a really interesting technique where he controls all of his objects through an XML file, therefore, making his tests externally configurable without the need to modify code.
Slides / Presentations
Test Automation | Page Objects | Selenium Webdriver | Best Practices
This is my presentation from the Page Objects in Test Automation course. The goal of this presentation is to help you understand how to drastically improve the stability of your automated functional tests.
You will learn:
- Why functional test automation can create flaky tests
- Why the Page Object Pattern is the best approach to test automation design
- How to design a good Page Object Pattern
- How to work with large page objects
- And much more…
Test Automation | Trends | Frameworks | Languages
Joe Colantonio talks about the latest trends in the IT industry so that you can make better decisions for your career. Topics include which test automation tools are growing, what programming languages you should learn, what development methodologies will dominate the future, and the future of Test Driver Development, and these are just a few of the insights provided by this excellent SlideShare.
Continuous Integration | Automated Testing
What we have here is an excellent SlideShare presentation regarding Continuous Integration and a good approach to implementing it. Sauce Labs talks about source control, build tools, CI tools, self-testing builds, and much more.
Test Design | Selenium WebDriver
This is a great SlideShare that describes the positives and negatives of the Page Object model, Keyword Driven Frameworks, and Behavior Driven Development.
I hope that you really enjoyed all of these helpful automation testing resources.
They are some of the best that I have found over my years and I wanted to share them with you. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below. Until next time, my friend.