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New Learning Paths through Test Automation University

We created Test Automation University (TAU) to help you learn best practices for using test automation in your app development process.  As we have added classes to TAU, it became apparent that we needed to make our site more productive for users with different interests. So we included learning paths.


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Learning paths give you a way to find the courses right for you. Are you writing test automation for APIs in Java? We can send you down the right path. How about testing mobile devices with Swift? Check. What about web tests with Ruby? Yep.

No matter what kind of tests you are trying to automate, you can find a learning path to help you.  For each track, you start with the basics. Once you finish a path, you have learned core concepts and practiced some of the critical skills needed to automate your testing.

With the new learning paths, TAU makes it easy to develop the skill set you seek.

Choosing a learning path is pretty straightforward. On the main page showing all the Test Automation University courses, select the Learning Paths tab:

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Unfiltered, this page shows all paths for all languages. The selector lets you filter the learning paths by path type or by language.

As one of the early users of Test Automation University, I appreciate the new learning paths. They have helped me understand the skills I need to develop in software testing – and I love the hands-on nature of the courses.

Let’s go through the paths to give you a sense of what each provides you.

Learning Path Overview

Learning paths through TAU are broken into general functional test areas:

  • Web UI
  • API Testing
  • Mobile
  • Codeless

Codeless is, as you would expect, a path that needs no direct coding skill.  Otherwise, the paths let you select one of six languages on which to focus your testing skills:

  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • C#
  • Ruby
  • Swift

We continue to develop these paths, so expect changes to both this blog post and to TestAutomationU going forward.

How Do I Do Web UI Testing With Java?

To answer this question, let’s select the Web UI Path, and then select Java.

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Let’s take a look at the courses today in the Web UI Java Path.

These ten classes involve a little over 17 hours of instruction. Each course dives into different elements.

Two of these courses apply to the Java Language specifically: programming in Java and the Java automation engine. Two more are common among the web UI test path: finding web elements on a page, and how to test visually. The others are part of the common core courses shared among all the testing paths.

Common Core

Six courses are generally common across almost all the learning paths. These courses answer key questions for understanding and deploying automated tests. These courses and their associated questions are:

The questions these courses answer are easily transferred to any combination of languages and test cases.

How Do I Do API Testing With Java?

Let’s take a look at the Java API course.

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The Java API Testing path looks like this:

This path delivers two API-specific test courses.  We include Amber Race’s course on Exploring Service APIs through Test Automation to introduce API test automation concepts. We share Bas Dijkstra’s course on using REST Assured for REST API test automation to provide alternatives for API testing. The Java course teaches Java. All the other courses are part of the core.

Once you know the core, learning a new language and technology is simply a matter of taking the relevant language and technology courses.

Future Courses

As we continue to add learning paths to TAU, our core goal is to answer these questions:

  • How Do I Do UI Testing?
  • How Do I Do API Testing?
  • How Do I Do Mobile Testing?
  • How Do I Do Codeless Testing?

What is on the horizon for Test Automation University?

I am writing this post early in September 2019, and I expect we will update this post regularly, as we continue to add courses to Test Automation University.

In the immediate term , we just launched the course Introduction to Cypress, which shows how developers and testers can use Cypress to test their web applications. We have added this course to the Web UI JavaScript path as an alternative to using webdriver.io.

Keep checking out Test Automation University for the latest offerings.

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As the sponsors of Test Automation University, we’re excited to help you get even more efficient in your UI testing.  It’s all up to you to find out more.

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