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David is a Lead Test Engineer and has been doing test automation for many years. David is a Selenium Core Committer and has been using the product for over 3 1/2 years so knows all the nuances and issues that go with Selenium. David has also spoken at a number of conferences and has shown how you can use Selenium to record client side stats that was presented at Google Test Automation Conference.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849510261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849510264
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ethan S. Close on May 18, 2011
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I have not reviewed a single book on Amazon up until now, but feel compelled to do so for this book. After reading "JUnit in Action", "Head First Java", and "Professional Android Application Development" (all excellent), this book felt like it was written by people who had never read a book on programming or software, nor hired any editorial staff whatsoever.

Although they do cover many of the main topics of Selenium and it is an introduction to the testing framework, that's where its resemblance to a textbook ends. The language is unclear. Examples are poorly explained and contain errors. The general layout of the book is not intuitive. They do not go into any depth with each main concept at all. In sections of the book they restate the previously explained points or include duplication of code for the sake of lengthening the book - seriously. It's as if they were writing a secondary school paper that had to be 200 pages long and they just made it. It could have been 50 pages shorter.

Like the Selenium project, this book should be open source. I would rather have my money back, be able to read it online for free, and submit edits. Everyone would benefit. If you are new to programming, read up on Javascript and read all online Selenium documents before reading this book, otherwise it may be a waste of time - or worse, scare you away from using Selenium at all. If you already know Selenium pretty well and are a novice programmer, you'll get useful information from it, but be saddened by it's lack of quality. I wish there were something better. Maybe I should start writing.
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The problem with this book is on Selenium 1, and it apparently came out just when Selenium 2 was coming out. Fortunately Selenium 2 seems to be pretty well backwardly compatible, so you can use what is presented in the book, but the bad news is that it contains only a tiny bit of Selenium 2 content, so it is already pretty dated. I think the publisher should have just waited a month or two and made it a Selenium 2 book.
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Selenium 1.0 Testing Tools: Beginners Guide is exactly that. It is a book that is aimed at those who are beginners with the technology (not necessarily beginners to testing or coding). Overall, David Burns has written a good book here. The conversational style is helpful; you feel like you are talking to a team-mate who is explaining the system to you in a friendly and engaging manner. The exercises selected are of a level that you are eased into working with the technology and the tools. The first five chapters are dedicated to the Selenium IDE, which for many testers is all they will ever see of Selenium, and for many testers who want to automate front end tests on Firefox, it may be all they ever need. If that's the case, the first five chapters will give you a lot of practical information and give you some solidly ninja levels skills to write tests and make them robust and solid. They will be limited to the Selenese format, but even with that limitation, there's a lot of cool things that a tester can do, from declaring and using variables, calling JavaScript events, and managing for examining objects and creating robust tests to help enhance testing.

The second half of the book deals with Selenium Remote Control (RC) and here is where some deviation takes place, at least for me. First off, I did not have the exact environment described in this book. I was close, but I had some set-up differences that caused some headaches. A number of the examples in the book just flat out would not work for me. Since my environment was different than that recommended (a Windows 7 machine on a 64-bit Athlon processor), I can't hold David responsible for my roadblocks. It does, however, show a critical issue with the Learn by Doing format of this book.
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By Tim Muir on November 24, 2012
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This book has a lot of problems and is a struggle to work with. But it is one of few you can find that walk you through Selenium. It is outdated, but is workable. Mine is loaded up with my own notes to clarify unclear sentences and author assumptions about what the reader knows. It is hard to describe, I like it, maybe because I like learning about the power of Selenium and approaches to finding elements in the DOM, but I also find the book frustrating to work with.
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