30 Days of Automation in Testing Day 2: Books

Hi all!

For day 2 we should:

“Begin reading an automation related book and share something youʼve learnt by day 30.”

What books are people going to read? I’ve heard someone will be reading A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps: A Practical Guide to Testing… by Katrina Clokie [PDF/iPad/Kindle] and The A Word: The "A" Word by Alan Page [Leanpub PDF/iPad/Kindle] was reccommended to me. Anyone got any other ideas?


Day 2 - #30daytestingchallenge

Challenge : Begin reading an automation related book and share something youʼve learnt by day 30.

I have started reading this book today : ROBOT-PROOF YOURSELF , How to survive the Robocalypse and benefit from Robots and Automation - By Jason Schenker


I’m going to read ‘The Glass Cage’ by Nicholas Carr.


Alan Page has been blogging about software testing and automation for some time and has compiled some of his thoughts on test automation into a book entitled “The A Word.” The book is free with a suggested donation of $5.00 (I…had to go with the free option this month) and includes options for PDF, Kindle, and MOBI formats.

This seems to be a relatively non-technical book of wisdom from somebody with many years of experience, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

-Dave K

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I found 2 free ebooks for Amazon Kindle; will start with these:

Test Automation in the Real World: Practical Lessons for Automated Testing

Stop Coding: Learn to test automate without coding and get that automation testing job

I have this one at home too: The Way of the Web Tester

I have that book as well. Great book.

Also met Gojko Adzic in London some years ago. He is a really nice bloke.

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I would probably read A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps: https://leanpub.com/testingindevops or Specification By Example.

Catching up with the Tweets on this one


I am reading the book: Java for tester-Alan Richardson and researching some books relating to AI for Automation, I will add them later.

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#Day 2:Reading Book
I will be reading
Automating and Testing a REST API
by Alan Richardson

and researching some books related to DeveOps for Automation using

I will be going with Greg Paskal’s “Test Automation in the Real World”.
The Amazon reviews - only 4-5 starts or 1-start, none in between - caught my attention to see what is in it.

I am very interesting with Online Video book store - you can register one account, since then, a lot of books for you

Current, i am a fan of API Testing, i have been ever working on MS Test FrameWork, using RestSharp libarary. Now i am trying with Java and Cucumber, Rest -Assured is the best choice for you if you want to do some api automation test

The name of book is : REST API Automation testing from scratch-(REST Assured java) - Author is
Rahul Shetty

Below is link

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I read this … https://automatetheboringstuff.com/
Its a PDF version of a hardcover book and it taught me a couple of useful things, namely:

  • using python to scrape a website for distinct tags
  • reading from a spreadsheet – super helpful for data-driven testing
  • reading / writing to files – useful for those who need to interact with file uploads

There’s also: https://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/ – super useful for learning python in atypical fashion

Not quite a book, but https://wiki.python.org/moin/PythonTestingToolsTaxonomy - is another write-up I found useful.

I’m reading this book:
Agile Samurai

I’m also researching some books related to DevOps and Clean Code

I’m going to mention a few books that are more theory based than code based, as it’s important to understand the WHY as much as the HOW

I’ve just finished The glass cage - Nicholas Carr

It was a very interesting read about how automation affects not only how we work but how we think. If you’re interested in the book then I would encourage reading this article to get a feel for what he is talking about: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/11/nicholas-carr-the-glass-cage-review-automation-makes-us-stupid)

(He’s also got a talk here, which I haven’t watched yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt8ooCms4sE)

Another book I would recommend based on what I wrote in the definitions thread is McHulan for Managers which is hard to get a copy of, but well worth a read about the Laws of Media and how they affected us:

Finally, I would highly recommend An introduction to General Systems Thinking - Jerry Weinberg. It’s a dense book, packed with information and a lot of the observations about how we deal with complex systems relate back to how the human brain is (relatively) better at dealing with General systems than computers, because things aren’t clear cut with our systems:

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