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jtucker
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What avenue should I start learning?
      #718070 - 10/15/12 07:19 PM

Hello all,

New to the boards. I have been a manual tester for about 7 years now. I understand c, c++, c#, java. What I mean by understand is I can read it and understand what lines are doing, calling, etc. I know what is going on when I look at it. Can I reproduce this if asked? Negative ghostrider. I am looking to start jumping into the world of automation. I have a copy of visual studio 2012 ultimate installed on my home pc and at work. Should I start there since I have access?

Just curious on thoughts of where I should start and what is most utilized. I currently work in the health care industry where any automation used will be for performance testing, load testing, and smoke testing. Possibly some simple server side GUI testing as well.

I have worked in a lot of different environments so I am just looking to see what some of you think. I pick things up fast and would like to get into something, possibly certified depending on the tool/language.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Edited by jtucker (10/15/12 07:19 PM)


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IanFraser
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: jtucker]
      #718071 - 10/15/12 07:29 PM

The best thing to do is get a job as manual tester where automation is being done. Express an interest in being part of the automationm project. See what happens.

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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: jtucker]
      #718100 - 10/16/12 03:37 AM

Quote:

I have a copy of visual studio 2012 ultimate installed on my home pc and at work. Should I start there since I have access?



Yes. That's as good a place as any to start.

Quote:

Possibly some simple server side GUI testing as well.




Server side and GUI are not things you often hear in the same sentence. Did you mean client-side?

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jtucker
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #718183 - 10/16/12 09:39 PM

Sorry about that, little bit late for my post and was trying to multi-task. Clearly that didn't work haha. I meant running some automation on the server side for basic functionality/smoke testing and also on the client side doing some basic GUI testing.

I have been a manual tester for quite some time and we currently do use automation but it is basic at best. I want to start learning possibly certain tools (that is why I mentioned the MS Visual studio I currently have) and possibly gearing towards some certs


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IanFraser
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: jtucker]
      #718187 - 10/16/12 10:23 PM

CodedUI in Visual Studio is simply the worst automation solution I have ever seen.

There is nothing wrong with learning C# and other code but CodedUI is pretty ugly.

Get a demo version of Ranorex and try it. Get a few tools in demo versions and give them a try.

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jtucker
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: IanFraser]
      #718286 - 10/17/12 06:53 PM

Haha I just started looking into the CodedUI in Visual Studio today. Why is it such a bad solution?

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IanFraser
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: jtucker]
      #718288 - 10/17/12 06:59 PM

Object Maint is a real mess you use addons to work around it but it is still messy.

It kinda only sometimes supports Microsoft Tech and it if its Silverlight forget it.

CodedUI in its current state is just really a tarted up unit test tool.

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lboden
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: IanFraser]
      #718473 - 10/21/12 08:35 PM

There's some free testing newsletters and magazines, along with testing certification information, available at www.astqb.org. The newsletter has helped me stay more current with what is the latest and greatest in test automation. Good luck and happy learning!

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mbrychuk
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Re: What avenue should I start learning? [Re: lboden]
      #719210 - 11/02/12 09:51 AM

Get certified first. This would be the most effective investment in your professional development. Other things will come with it. Technologies, projects, tools, jobs, change. Certification doesn't. This will be one thing that will open up more options for you.

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