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  • An introduction to Web UI Automation
    Mark Winteringham
    99 Minute

    An introduction to Web UI Automation


    99 Minute


    So you want to get started with Web UI automation but it's all overwhelming! Which tool do you use and how do they work? 

    When starting out in Web UI automation, it's easy to get fixated on the libraries or tools that drive the Web UI. But those tools are just one piece of the puzzle. How are you going to run your automation? How are you going to decide whether your 'passes' or 'fails'? How do you automate a Web UI?

    Working with Web UI automation requires an understanding of:

    • What parts make up a framework
    • What libraries you can use for those parts
    • How to tie them together to work as a whole
    • What skills do you need to achieve all the above

    It may feel overwhelming but there are common patterns that can be learnt. In this workshop, we'll learn those patterns and then see how we can apply them regardless of what tool you use.

    Introduction to Web UI automation takes an alternative approach to getting you started. Before we dive into the tools we'll break down each part of a Web UI automation framework. We'll spend time to better understand how each part works, and the skills you need to work with them. Then, using this knowledge we'll begin to build up your first automated test/check. As we build our test/check we'll see how the parts of a framework work together. Preparing you for your journey into Web UI automation.


    • Identify key components that make up a UI automation framework
    • Run simple automated tests/checks
    • Operate UI elements within a browser
    • Perform an assertion on data extracted from the UI


    For this workshop, you will need the following items installed. IntelliJ, Java 11 or later, and the latest version of Maven. Below are some handy links to get you set up:

    Additionally, to get a head start you might want to check out the following Pro Dojo courses:


    Mark Winteringham
    Mark Winteringham
    Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing OpsBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

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