Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook – Second Edition – Review

Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook – Second Edition – Review

Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook - Book Cover
So you wanna be automated tester and start saving your time spent on testing web applications both for and back end sides? Well look no more, start using Selenium with this low entry level book to get you started, even if you don’t know much about programming at all!

Pages 376
Publication Date 30th October 2015
Target Audience Juniors, Mids
Author Unmesh Gundecha
Category Automated Tests, Selenium, JAVA, QA

Covered Subjects

Book starts with proper installation guide, although keep in mind that some alterations might be required for newer Selenium updates and Windows/Mac versions. The Selenium basics are introduced by sample overview around searching elements with either tag name, CSS alike selectors or xPath format. Cross-Side browsers concept is also mentioned and focuses mainly on desktop versions of: Internet Explorer, Chrome and Edge browsers but also mentions mobile testing in the last book’s chapter.

For HTML newbies there is a whole chapter around managing and using HTML element together with running custom JS scripts, drag and drop operations, mouse events and all other emulated user interactions. You will find out how to synchronize tests with each other, order them and re-use some predefined scenarios for other testing suites.

More advanced chapters focus on different types of input data like JUnit, TestNG, CSV and even NUnit and Apache POI. There is a broad section for Page Object pattern to better organize, maintain and write other tests. Another vital included concept is Behavior Driven Development which could be inline with your company’s development process. Lastly you will understood how Selenium could be integrated with Continuous Development cycle so: Jenkins, Ant Autolt and Sikul.


Writing Style

Solid explanations around covered subjects, but a bit of redundant in some cases. Well formatted sections and good amount of images is making it easy to ready and follow book for very beginners. Each section is focused on practical examples and by doing them yourself you will better understood their behavior. Padding and margins are well placed, extra separator line is making it even more visual and distinctive.

Editors did a very good work in here, most of the examples do not have errors and typography is really decent. By reading this book you would think it was written by native English speaker and not by foreigner. Very good job PACKT!



Probably the best examples for beginners and those readers will be more than happy from this book. However it misses out some of the more advanced tests which would be applicable to almost every website with login/register forms and ordering system.



Nice and easy book to follow, decent examples and covered subjects, well written and edited, great format, what else do you need from low-entry-level?! (more advanced selenium users, will not be that happy though)

A classic example of older book being the best option for Selenium testers so far on the market (end of 2019). Great introduction position for any manual QA tester which want to increase its knowledge skills to the programming world of magic!


Where to buy?

Latest 2nd edition: Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook

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