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Unmesh Gundecha

Unmesh Gundecha has a Master's Degree in Software Engineering and around 10 years of experience in Software Development and Testing. Unmesh has architected functional test automation projects using industry standard, in-house and custom test automation frameworks along with leading commercial and open source test automation tools. Presently he is working as Test Architect with a multinational company in Pune, India.

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849515743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515740
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
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Unmesh Gundecha has a Master's Degree in Software Engineering and around 10 years of experience in Software Development and Testing. Unmesh has architected functional test automation projects using industry standard, in-house and custom test automation frameworks along with leading commercial and open source test automation tools. Presently he is working as Test Architect with a multinational company in Pune, India.

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As the experience level with Selenium and other open source automation tools grows, naturally there will also develop more questions. How would I effectively access elements? What's a good way to compartmentalize tests? How can I make my tests extensible? What's the best way to parallelize tests? What if my project doesn't use a standard approach like so many others? What if I'm not on Linux, or don't use Java?

The idea and benefit of a "Cookbook" approach is that it allows developers and testers to look at the aspects that they need at that time, and see how they work in example formats, and then see how they relate to other topics. Packt has decided to take this approach with Selenium by publishing the Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook. In it, author Unmesh Gundecha has broken down thirteen areas of interest (eleven in the book itself, plus two additional areas as bonus download sections), and presents small sections and ideas to allow the developer or tester to leverage the ability to create tests, use the Selenium API, and test applications such as browsers and mobile applications. The book demonstrates examples primarily in Java, but several are provided that use C#, Python and Ruby.

For the tl;dr crowd, if you have never used Selenium before, this should not be the book to start your exploration. I would suggest reading David Burns "Selenium 2 Testing Tools Beginner's Guide" or Alan Richardson's "Selenium Simplified" first. David's book is also a Packt Publishing title, and uses many of the same documentation standards, so it would feel very natural looking at section's of David's book, and then coming back to try out more examples in Unmesh's Cookbook here.
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Disclaimer: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher, Packt Publishing.

Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook by Unmesh Gundecha contains a massive amount of recipes. There are two digital bonus chapters even. It is clear this guy knows what he is talking about. The examples provided are comprehensive and straight to the point.

I found it a bit disappointing that the supplementary material didn't contain the markup in which the book refers to. At times the examples referred to files at Dropbox. I don't think this is a particularly good strategy.

I wasn't entirely thrilled about the fact that most examples were based on Java. Fortunately the ideas are quite easy to transfer from platform to other. Besides there were times when examples were provided in multiple languages, perhaps excessively even.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the book. If you use Selenium actively you'll find this book invaluable. For others the value proposition is bit of so-so. You'll likely serve yourself better by picking up some other book aimed more towards beginners.

*** for beginners, ***** for experts
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“Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook” covers a lot of ground. I've written some Selenium tests and still learned new things in chapter 1.

It's not meant to be an introduction book so you should have written a test before. I like the depth on foundations though. From browser plugins to advanced selectors, there is a lot to see. I particularly liked the CSS selector syntax summary.

It was good to see JSExecutor covered – I wasted a good amount of time with this on a problem in the past. I liked seeing the page object pattern (which looks like a DSL) and the Actions framework. I like the example of a parameterized test case in chapter 4. I would have liked to see it broken up so not a ton of code in a row though.

There are warnings as needed when showing a feature that you might not want to use. Or when showing a feature that is only available in some cases. For example, the HtmlUnitDriver doesn't support taking screenshots.

I could write a review without mentioning the JDBC example has a resource leak. It may be “just” test code, but I still remember the time (a decade ago) that I locked out the test database server because my integration test had a resource leak in it.

I was skeptical when the book said it covered Java, C#, Python and Ruby. But it really does. This book is going to be a helpful reference to have around when I'm writing future tests.
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If you are doing automated web testing, you should consider Selenium. Not a lot of info in the book that cannot be found online, but having it handy on my Kindle is well worth the modest price of the book. Note - the books works very nicely with Kindle HD and Kindle PC App

The book is full of "How to do" cases with complete details, and at the end of each there is a "How it works" sections.

Selenium API are available to supports several languages: Java, C#, Python, and others I suspect. All of our test work is driven from python - and fortunate for us there were plenty of plenty of python based examples in the book

If you have experience in one of the driver languages, and if you are accomplished enough to have developed a website with more than just one page, then this book is a good first read. Others have noted it is not for the beginner - but I found it well written and detailed enough for the average web developer.
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