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comment QA Manager with no programming background looking to self-educate in SQE
I would recommend going the other direction - unit tests up. UI testing is one of the most challenging test disciplines to do well, and requires a solid understanding of object-oriented programming IME.
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comment QA Manager with no programming background looking to self-educate in SQE
Two introductory programming courses in a quarter system would be six months, and would teach you roughly 70-80% of what you need to know to be a decent programmer for the purposes of writing test automation. I agree with most of this advice, but disagree with "choose your focus" - beyond "writing test automation" and maybe "focus on one tech stack to start". Testing benefits from breadth of knowledge more than depth, IME. As you learn, try coding testing solutions for the kinds of problems you've tested manually in the past, so you can better leverage your previous experiences.
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comment Should load test validate functionality?
There's an old joke about "The code doesn't work, nothing is getting executed .... but our performance tests look great!" I had a job testing a web browser's performance once, and amazing performance was often a clue that the rendering wasn't getting kicked off.
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comment Process for Web Automation Testing
How much coding experience do you have? Do you know OOP? Have you worked with Selenium before, or another UI testing framework?
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comment How do I assess the testing process of a project?
Why do you need this? I have some ideas if you want to improve an apparent "QA bottleneck" (hint: It's often not actually a QA / test issue).
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comment What are the deliverables of the QA department?
This is a good answer that clears up a major misunderstanding about the field of QA, and I'd love to see it expanded. There are many common types of information delivered to help make better decisions, and a brief analysis of the circumstances in which to deliver each would be wonderful (especially as this skill of knowing what to deliver when is key to developing beyond a junior or mid-level QA engineer). E.g.: bugs, risk analysis, advice on quality practices tailored to that company or team, metrics, and tools to gain quality information automatically.
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comment Is it realistic to try to hire someone who is a developer and a tester?
The same thing goes for prestige. IME, "prestige" often translates into "respect and support to do my role well". I've often had to deal with huge amounts of overhead because helping the tester do their job just wasn't a priority for the team, even with 10-to-1 dev / test ratios.