How to Become an

Automation Engineer

Angie Jones

http://angiejones.tech

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Senior Developer Advocate

Director, Test Automation University

Applitools, San Francisco, CA, USA

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What is a

test automation engineer?

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How do I become an automation engineer?

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1. Learn to code

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Do It Yourself

Option 1

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Option 1: Do It Yourself

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Option 1: Do It Yourself

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Pros

Option 1: Do It Yourself

* Learn at your own pace

* Focus on what you need

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Cons

Option 1: Do It Yourself

* Requires great level of discipline

* Must find free time

* Not really sure what to focus on

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Option 1: Do It Yourself

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Get Formal Training

Option 2

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Pros

Option 2: Get Formal Training

* Dedicated time to learn

* Can be covered under training budget

* Breadth of coverage with hands-on training

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Cons

Option 2: Get Formal Training

* Need to convince management

* Going to probably cover more than you need

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Wait...what language?

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What's Marketable

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More to Pick Up

HTML / DOM

 

CSS / Xpath

SQL

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More to Pick Up

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2. Learn about automation

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Layers

UI (Web)

 

Mobile

Web Services

Unit

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Complementary Processes

Behavior Driven Development (BDD)

 

Test Driven Development

(TDD)

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Tools

Selenium WebDriver (UI)

Appium (Mobile)

 

Rest-Assured/Postman (Web Services)

Cucumber (BDD)

JUnit/TestNG/Mocha/Pytest (Assertions)

 

Applitools (Visual Assertions)

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Execution Enablement

Continuous Integration

 

Parallelism

 

Grids/Containers

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Strategy

What's your game plan?

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Strategy

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3. Continue to learn

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Continue to Learn

Read books

Read blogs / articles

Watch webinars

 

Listen to podcasts

 

Attend conferences

 

Work with other automation engineers

Follow the gurus

Follow Them

Angie Jones @techgirl1908
Alan Richardson  @eviltester
Paul Grizzaffi @pgrizzaffi
Amber Race @ambertests
Andrew Knight @AutomationPanda
Jess Ingrassellino @jess_ingrass
Richard Bradshaw @FriendlyTester
Trish Khoo @hogfish

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Follow Them

Jason Arbon @jarbon
Mark Winteringham @2bittester
Joe Colantonio @jcolantonio
Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin
Nikolay Advolodkin @Nikolay_A00
Corina Pip @imalittletester
T.J. Maher @tjmaher1
Melissa Tondi @melissatondi

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Questions?

You can do it!

Angie Jones

http://angiejones.tech

@techgirl1908

Senior Developer Advocate

Director, Test Automation University

Applitools, San Francisco, CA, USA

How to Become an Automation Engineer

By Angie Jones

How to Become an Automation Engineer

Interested in becoming a test automation engineer? Here's a path to do so!

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