I'm trying to learn more about test automation as it relates to the QA process and there just doesn't seem to be a lot of resources out there. For example, if I do a search for TestComplete (a tool I'm now evaluating), the first few pages of Google results are all links from the company's website instead of external websites referencing the tool or providing tutorials/tips/tricks, etc. If I search for QTP even the company's own website for the tool appears elusive and there just isn't much online for it.
Another thing I'm looking into is customized automation tools, ones that can I build myself in .NET. Again, there's not a lot out there - hardly any books or websites.
Is the demand for test automation that low? I would think with all the software in the world that test automation would be something that would be highly sought after or would at least be rapidly growing.
EDIT: Sorry for the delay, but basically I'm looking for two things:
1) External websites (those outside the company's website) that discuss or provide tutorials on various tools, like things you would find with standard development tools, or even books that cover these tools. 2) Creating your own automated tools vs using existing tools - why go one route vs another? Regarding the SQAForum website, it seems like all discussions focus on existing tools, but what about people discussing the creation of their own testing tools?
I was searching for the Microsoft Automation UI framework specifically and only came up with a couple examples. The book ".NET Test Recipes" is a bit old and there are some newer frameworks out there that wouldn't be covered.
It seems like most of the big companies that use SDETs rely on their own tools they create instead of out of the box tools, but discussion on creating these tools, tutorials, etc are more limited.