Why learning Selenium is Important for a Software Tester?

Why learning Selenium is important these days?
Selenium is an open source tool and supported by a large volunteers of open source developers. Selenium has become one of the most popular automation testing tools in the recent days. More and more organizations are adopting Selenium over other commercial software testing tools.

[Note] – We are offering Selenium Training in Gurgaon

I remember predicting Selenium will be the dominating automation tools in next 3 years. I said this in 2010 to a group of my students and it is almost reality now. Why is it so popular? It is the cost. More and more organizations are cutting cost and divorcing commercial and high cost tools like QTP, rational and MS visual suites of tools. Open source is a cost effective solution in the long run even if the learning curve is little steep. I am sure the job market for selenium will increase in 2013 and coming years.

Problem with the Selenium Implementation –
Like I said, the learning curve with any open source tool is little high. It is because they are not supported by big organizations and since the tools are robust in nature, they tend to more complex than commercial GUI tools. Sometimes you need to have good knowledge of programming language to get a good hand at Open Source tools (It is applicable to QTP too.) Some of the first road block to adopting Selenium are –
– Lack of skilled selenium resources in the market
– High learning curve
– Little or not availability of good framework resource
– Lack of programming languages in testers
– Testers with the ability to implement Selenium from start to end to replace existing commercial tool in the project

As more and more testing projects are trying implement Selenium and trying replace commercial tools, the companies are looking out for skilled selenium resources. There is a high demand for skilled and trained selenium testers in the market. Most them know about Selenium IDE as a tool. But the actual Selenium is usage of Webdriver and its core component to harness the actual potential of selenium. I can safely predict today again in 2013 that – if you know selenium today, you will sure get multiple job offers from the market, more when it is recession time as everyone is trying to cut the cost.

How Do I Learn Selenium Easily?
If you do a google search on selenium training offerings, you will find thousands of links offering selenium training including online selenium training. The problem with these offering is that most of them are selling pre-recorded videos with some percentage of live classes or no live one to one interactive classes at all. There are thousands of pre-recorded videos available in youtube. Learning selenium from watching pre-recorded videos is like learning to play cricket from watching cricket matches in TV. These videos do help in to a certain portion but most of the time, they are not effective. To learn cricket, you need to go to the filed and you should be guided by an able coach and you should practice. Same happens with learning any automation tool. You need to practice and should take classes from an able selenium expert who has working experience. Robotic video lectures do not help.

How do I learn Selenium then?

The Solution – Learn Selenium Online from Expert OR Join class room session
I am happy to share that we are staring online Selenium Tool training course by working professional in our institute Talent Plus Plus. Our trainer is a very experienced selenium trainer and he has been taking class room training in our Gurgaon center. And due to popular demands from students outside Gurgaon/NCR we have decided to start online classes. The students outside Delhi, NCR such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, New York, San Francisco, London now can take the online selenium course from our Experienced Trainer Chirag. The first few batches have been very successful and we would like to extend this to  other students.

Prerequisites for taking the online class
1. Have knowledge of Manual testing
2. Some basic knowledge of Java (Optional – We will teach the basics in the class)
3. A laptop/PC with internet connection + speaker/headset mic
4. Skype and team-viewer software
5. Willingness to learn and succeed in career

If you are in Gurgaon/Delhi area, we have class room session for Selenium and you can get more information on our Selenium Course section. Yes, we offer practical Selenium Training in Gurgaon. If you live outside Gurgaon/NCR, online classes are available. No robotic video lectures, you learn directly from the trainer who is working with Selenium in real life.

We take career seriously. We believe that the only way to predict the future is to create it. So get started and give a rocket boost to your testing career. The selenium bus is moving ahead fast and you may not want to miss the opportunity of a wonderful career. Call us at +91-9911449111 or write to us at [email protected] for Online Selenium Automation Testing Course or Classroom session.

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Ajoy Kumar Singha
Ajoy Kumar Singha, a Test Manager in a New York based multinational IT services company with 15 years of experience in IT and above 13 years of experience in Software Testing. He is the editor of Software Testing magazine, Testing Circus which is read and subscribed by thousands of professional testers all around the world. He is associated with various testing forums such as NCR Testers Monthly Meet and has attended numerous testing related conferences. Ajoy is the founder of Talent Plus Plus Institute in Gurgaon. Ajoy Kumar Singha can be followed in Google+ profile.

3 Comments

  1. Hello
    I am an Italian Tester with about 5 years of experience in the Test. I would like to know if you start with the course about Selenium.

    Please, could you give me some information as I could connect with you?

    Best Regards,
    Angelo

  2. Hi,
    I have 4+ years of experience in java with 6 months experience in Automcation testing also using selenium tool also, if i switch from developement to testing would it take my career to positive side or not.

  3. I do agree with your points. Selenium will change the career of a web application tester. By learning how to automate testing through Selenium, one will be able to accomplish more in less time, and will be able to offer one’s services to more clients.

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