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Posted March 25, 2011
The book introduces Selenium testing tool. It is aimed at complete beginners who wants to learn Selenium from the very beginning. The book consists of little bits of theory and a lot of examples. In fact, it follows a cookbook approach presenting small chunks of Selenium's functionality one by one.
It starts with detailed instruction on installation of Selenium IDE (a Firefox record-and-playback tool). Then, after writing some very basic tests it moves (surprisingly) to advanced topics: handling of multiple windows and testing AJAX powered web applications. However, all examples (in this, and all other sections) are the simplest possible. Nothing more than one or two web pages and few form buttons. This makes them easy to follow, but I suspect that for real-life scenarios you will surely need to read a lot of documentation.
Then Selenium Grid is introduced. The book describes its installation and use. For me, who has never touched Selenium Grid before, it was interesting. The following chapter - on parallelization of tests - is based on the use of TestNG. The last chapter is devoted to Selenium 2. It explains the difference and shows how to migrate your tests from Selenium 1.
A lot of important topics are presented in the book, but in a very shallow manner. There is no context given, no information on competition or on different approaches, nothing about pros and cons discussion. Nothing like this. In reality it is a tutorial, not a book. It follows the "if you need to achieve this, you should act like A, B and C".
What really annoyed me, is that book contains a lot of really unnecessary content. There are many unecessary (and annoying!) repetitions. For example, you will learn how to run your tests against Firefox (which takes 2,5 page) then how to run it on IE (another 2 page), and then on Chrome (another 2 pages). The joke is, that these sections differ with one command only. Such repetitions occur everywhere, and the feeling, that all all this could have been explained in 50 pages, is overwhelming.
If you are completely new to Selenium, and you like step-by-step tutorials, you might find this book helpful. In other case, do not bother.