Automated Software Testing with Python

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13.5 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
Everything you need to know about automated software testing with Python (and how to enjoy testing, too!)
Common pitfalls and best practices when writing automated tests
How to write complete system tests using Python and tools like Postman
Automate your application testing by setting up a continuous integration pipeline using Travis CI
Browser-based acceptance testing using Behave and Selenium WebDriver
About the course

Welcome to the most comprehensive course on Automated Software Testing with Python on Udemy.

Testing automation doesn't have to be painful. Software testing is an essential skill for any developer, and I'm here to help you truly understand all types of test automation with Python.

I'm Jose, software engineer and founder of Teclado. The focus of this course is on testing for the web—we'll be working with REST APIs and web applications, and technologies such as unittest, Postman, and Selenium WebDriver.

What will you work with?

This course is jam packed with all the latest technologies for you to use professionally and in personal projects:

  • The unittest library, Python's standard automated software testing library;
  • Mocking and patching, two essential tools to reduce dependencies when testing;
  • unit, integration, system, and acceptance testing—all types of testing to have you fully covered;
  • Postman for easy collaboration and testing while developing;
  • Selenium WebDriver for automated browser tests;
  • Git and Travis for continuous integration of your project.

Fundamental Software Testing Skills

We will cover every fundamental software testing skill that you need to know in order to get a job testing or to apply these skills in your existing projects.

From things like mocking and patching using the unittest library, which reduce dependencies and turn complex tests to simple ones; to looking at all types of testing: simple unit tests to large system tests and even customer acceptance tests.

The Testing Pyramid

The Testing Pyramid says you should have a lot of unit tests, slightly fewer integration tests, even fewer system tests, and as few acceptance tests as possible.

Throughout the program we work on this concept, making sure that we have full coverage of every component of our system with unit tests. Then we test the dependencies using integration tests. Finally, we cover the entire system and its assumptions using system tests. Of course, we'll also look at what acceptance testing is, how we come up with acceptance tests, and some of the best ways to write acceptance tests for a web application using Behavior-Driven Development and Selenium WebDriver.

Automated Browser Testing with Selenium WebDriver

Selenium WebDriver is extremely powerful, particularly when coupled with the efficient and tried-and-tested approach recommended in this course. We'll design our acceptance tests professionally—just the way you'd do at a software testing job. We'll use page models, locators, and step definitions to structure the automated tests in a reusable way. The customers will be able to come up with acceptance tests that you can easily translate to code.

We'll also learn about implicit and explicit waits with Selenium WebDriver and Python, a key concept to speed up runtime of your acceptance tests.

Continuous Integration

We also cover how you can take automated testing much further in your projects.

By implementing a Continuous Integration pipeline that runs your tests whenever you make any changes, you'll have much higher quality in your projects and not let any pesky bugs pass you by. We'll look at putting our projects in GitHub and liking the CI pipeline with them.

I'm really excited to guide you through this course!

Join me in this automated testing journey. I'll see you on the inside!

Welcome to the course and set up your computer
Welcome to the course
The very first video of the course!An introduction to it, what we'll learn, and how we'll get there.
How to take this course
This short lecture welcomes you to the course and gives you a few suggestions on how to take the course. Short, but important!
A self-assessment
This important lecture contains a self-assessment that you can take at the start of the course. It'll help you gauge how much Python you know, and how much of the Python refresher section you can skip.
Installing Python and PyCharm on Windows
This short guide tells you how to go about installing Python and PyCharm on a Windows computer.
Installing Python and PyCharm on OS X
This short guide tells you how to go about installing Python and PyCharm on a Mac computer.
A Full Python Refresher
Rediscover Python in this complete section
Introduction to this section
Welcome to the Python refresher section!In this video we give a brief introduction to this section.
Access the code for this section here
This lecture has a link to all the Python code we'll write in this section.Use it to check your code as you write it, or to refresh your memory!
Variables in Python
In this video we look at variables in Python—the most fundamental building block of the Python language.
Solution to coding exercise: Variables
In this video we solve the previous coding exercise. Make sure to attempt the exercise yourself before watching this!
  • We'll give you a complete Python refresher, but some previous knowledge of programming will be helpful
  • Some knowledge of how web applications work
  • Understanding of REST APIs will be helpful, but not required
Jose Salvatierra
Jose Salvatierra
Founder of Teclado and Software Engineer
Teclado by Jose Salvatierra
Teclado by Jose Salvatierra
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