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Automation Training in the UK
I'm a software tester that hasn't come from a development background, please could someone recommend a good beginners course for test automation in the UK?
Which test automation software would you recommend learning?
I would like to learn about automation of windows applications as well as web applications.
No idea if there is a course in the UK that would meet your needs, sorry. Regarding your second question, I work in the financial services industry, mostly web testing, and the two automation tools I've encountered so far are QuickTest Professional (QTP) and Selenium, so it might be an idea to look into those if you work in that field and you're interested in moving into automated testing. I'm sure there are many others but as I say, those are the two I've personally encountered. Both have "record and playback" functionality that is easy for someone with no development background to get to grips with, but in reality you're going to have to learn some programming to make the tools work in a real life business environment.
QTP uses VBScript so you might want to look into learning a bit of that. Selenium is compatible with numerous programming languages.
I know some companies do beginning and advanced QTP courses. Not sure about Selenium though - I used a book called "Selenium Simplified" to get up to speed with that, which uses Java as it's language of choice.
Hope that helps, and good luck.