I am working hourly for low wage as a QA intern/tester. I want to learn more about this field. I have already graduated, so everything I have learned is self taught or learned somehow on the job. At my job we only do manual testing, but it's not much of an experience anymore. I've been here a year (while looking for new jobs but having trouble getting calls back).
I am teaching myself Python. I finished Learn Python the Hard Way up to chapter 44, and I have downloaded two books that I plan on reading one day in the future. I also have read a bit of "a byte of Python/think Python", but i felt they didn't teach me anything more than LPTHW because I need to begin a project. I feel like, I only have learned as much python as I did because of how LPTHW teaches, giving me a project and comparing my answers with comments on the site. So I am starting Django on a Linux laptop, so I can learn Linux+SQL (I already have a little experience with it) and Python all at the same time.
I have NO idea where to begin with "automation" testing that jobs require. I want to learn to make Python bots or web crawlers (to be honest, I don't even know exactly what a web crawler is), but my Python skills are as basic as can be.
Can someone point me in the right direction? I don't like Udacity and stuff like Eulers (too difficult).
Right now I'm on step 1 of the Django tutorial and after I finish I suppose I can think about more projects, but my main goal is to learn automation. Right now it's only a theory to me, I don't even know how people do it or learn it. Googling is not really helping either.
I downloaded Selenium but I don,t even know where to start. In fact I downloaded Selenium before I learned Python but now I'm back looking at Selenium. I think i learned enough basic Python to learn Django a little bit, but how and where do I start learning "automation"?
I doubt all these QA engineers just learned it on their own. I want to learn it on the job but I cant find a place to do that (I live in California). I am looking for advice from people who have automation jobs or are just good at it, so that i can not waste my time learning the wrong things or something.
Also, it would be nice to see example of real QA engineers automation scripts that they made at work and how hard it was or how long it took. I hope I dont have to be proficient with Python :| But, I mean, there is no deadline. I can learn all year long as long as I learn it within a few years.