There aren't many tech books I'd like to curl up with for a snowy weekend, but I definitely plan to spend some weekends with this book. Yes, it's "web test automation 101" and I've been automating web tests for a couple of decades, but I want to keep my skills up to date and build better habits, and I find this book does that so well.
_Web Tester_ reminds me of the book that helped me learn Ruby, Brian Marick's _Everyday Scripting with Ruby_. I can work through the examples as I go, and that's the way I learn best. I get anxious when trying to master new coding skills, and the author's lighthearted and fun tone helps me remember it's ok to make mistakes. I can also learn from his own "war stories", which is better than living through them myself!
Everyone on a software delivery team will get value from reading this book. Automation, especially at the UI level, is a continual challenge. Even highly experienced teams like my current team can fall over the cliffs of despair trying to maintain fragile tests that give false results. If you're new to automation, this is a perfect place to start learning. If you've been doing it for years, this is a great opportunity to refresh your skills. Grab a mug of tea, a pencil and a keyboard and start enjoying!