Learn how to build robust end-to-end tests on a real web application using TestCafe

Let the End-to-End Testing with TestCafe book be your guide to learn how to use TestCafe for writing effective end-to-end tests for any web application. Improve the quality of your code, boost your confidence in your work, and deliver faster with fewer bugs.
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“End-to-End Testing with TestCafe is an excellent technical resource – a ‘must-have’ for TestCafe users.”

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Delivering quality software quickly is hard.

You and your team work hard to ship out your latest and greatest web application. However, to get things done quickly, corners are cut. That means that the app hasn't received the proper testing it needs before going out to the world.

It feels like every time you ship something to the hands of your customers, something breaks. As a result, you and your team are under intense pressure to not only find and fix issues but also create new features simultaneously.

You take a look at your team's current testing practices. There's a list of scripted tests that the team performs manually. But really, who wants to spend their days mindlessly clicking around the same things over and over again? The application has a few scattered unit tests, but those don't go through the entire system. Clearly, this testing is not enough because the bugs keep on coming.

You know that having a reliable automated end-to-end test suite will improve the quality of your application and help you deliver faster with fewer bugs. But that sounds like a lot of work to get to that point. How do you even start?

Developing high-quality software shouldn't have to be this painful.

Guess what - it isn't painful. What if you could start automating your tests in a more reliable and dependable way? How would it feel to stop seeing the same bugs pop up again and again, and having the time to focus on valuable work instead of mind-numbing manual testing?

Sure, it could take a long time to learn how to create a robust end-to-end test suite for your application. Fortunately, you don't have to.

With End-to-End Testing with TestCafe you'll have all the tools you need in one single place to learn how to get up and running with TestCafe quickly. Begin automating your end-to-end test suite today.

What You Will Learn

End-to-End Testing with TestCafe is a book that covers the ins and outs of the TestCafe testing framework using a real web application - no more shallow tutorials that don't demonstrate real-world usage.

TestCafe is a JavaScript testing framework that helps you automate robust end-to-end tests for your web applications. It helps you write test scenarios that cover critical functionality in your application through a web browser, just as your customers would.

Once you write your tests using TestCafe, you can have it run through your app's critical functional to ensure everything is working well. Say goodbye to going through boring scripted tests and clicking around manually in hopes that the bug you fixed a few weeks ago hasn't resurfaced.

With TestCafe, you don't need to be an expert programmer. If you know the basics of modern JavaScript, you can begin creating your tests in minutes. And if you're beginning to learn how to code, you can still pick up TestCafe with few problems.

In End-to-End Testing with TestCafe, you'll learn how to use TestCafe in real-world scenarios effectively. The book goes through testing a custom-built web application called TeamYap. TeamYap covers most functionality you will encounter in web applications today. When you purchase the book, you'll instantly get access to TeamYap to help you practice what you learn.

Here are a few things you'll learn with this book:

Setting up a test suite with TestCafe

Learn how to set up TestCafe in your development environment. You'll go from installing TestCafe locally to writing your first end-to-end test.

Writing tests that navigate through your app

The book covers most of TestCafe's built-in actions, from clicking and fill out forms to uploading images and making requests to external services.

Running tests in different browsers

Discover how TestCafe allows you to execute your tests in various browsers. See your tests run in locally installed browsers, run them in headless mode, emulate mobile devices, and more.

Organizing your tests for maintainability

The more you use TestCafe, the more complex your test suite gets. Learn how to organize common functionality to prevent your test suite from becoming a tangled mess.

Covering your app with different users

You'll often have to log in as different users and roles to test your app. See how TestCafe manages these scenarios and allows you to switch between different user roles in a snap.

Best ways to debug your tests

Despite your best efforts, you'll inevitably reach a point where things go wrong with your test suite. Master the ins and outs of debugging your tests and fix your issues with ease.

And much more!

These topics are just a fraction of what the book covers. End-to-End Testing with TestCafe goes through everything from writing your first test all the way to more advanced topics to help you get the most out of TestCafe.

Table of Contents

(Last updated: December 19, 2022)
  1. Chapter 1: What is TestCafe?
  2. Chapter 2: Setting up TestCafe
  3. Chapter 3: Introducing TeamYap
  4. Chapter 4: Fixtures and Test Organization
  5. Chapter 5: Hooks
  6. Chapter 6: User Roles and Authentication
  7. Chapter 7: Page Object model
  8. Chapter 8: Selectors
  9. Chapter 9: Actions
  1. Chapter 10: Assertions
  2. Chapter 11: Browser Support
  3. Chapter 12: Configuration Options
  4. Chapter 13: Using Metadata
  5. Chapter 14: Working with HTTP Requests
  6. Chapter 15: Debugging TestCafe Tests
  7. Chapter 16: Working with iframes
  8. Chapter 17: Working with multiple browser windows

Follow the path to higher quality web applications

End-to-End Testing with TestCafe will take you on a path to delivering high-quality web applications in less time.

Within a few chapters, you will have enough knowledge to begin writing end-to-end tests for your web application confidently. By the time you finish reading the book, you'll have all the tools at your disposal to create a robust test suite that covers the essential parts of your app.

After going through the book, you'll learn all the tools you need to implement TestCafe into your software development workflow. It will help guide your testing efforts to reduce your testing cycle times and the number of defects in your applications. TestCafe will help you deliver quality software while spending less time testing and fixing bugs.

This statement isn't theoretical - I have experienced it personally. In organizations where I introduced TestCafe into the development workflow, we reduced the team's regression testing time by almost 50% while catching more bugs before they went to production. Imagine what you could do if you could take 10-20 hours of your work week back.

“Dennis guides the reader through all stages of modern web service testing. Numerous examples and a ‘simple to complex’ structure makes this book useful for both experienced testers/developers and those starting their end-to-end testing journey.

End-to-End Testing with TestCafe is structured well and offers a complete picture of TestCafe abstractions in plain language. Significant attention is paid to proper test project organization, long-term maintenance, and the involvement of multiple team members.

With End-to-End Testing with TestCafe, you will learn how to write reliable and maintainable tests, how to organize tests using the Page Object Model pattern, and how to debug tests more effectively. To help master the material, Dennis includes exercises at the end of each chapter.

End-to-End Testing with TestCafe is an excellent technical resource – a ‘must-have’ for TestCafe users.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this book for?

The book is intended mainly for people who work on web applications - either as a developer or tester - and are new to the TestCafe testing framework. The book assumes you're familiar with the basics of modern JavaScript programming, although you don't need to be a "JavaScript expert" to follow along.

What formats are available for the book?

Currently, the book is only available as a PDF file. If you're interested in a different format like ePub or Mobi, please send me an email ([email protected]) to let me know.

Will the book receive updates?

Yes! I'll update the book to fix errors or when there's an update to TestCafe that changes something from the book. I may update the book to add more information if I receive multiple support requests about a specific topic. I also may consider adding new material that the book doesn't currently cover.

How can I receive support after buying the book?

Anyone who buys the book can email me any questions concerning the book, and I will respond promptly. I will also have a free community forum to discuss anything related to the book or TestCafe-related topics with myself or others.

Will there be a video course?

If I have enough interest to generate a video course that complements the book's contents, I'll have one done covering the same topics in the book. Please send me an email ([email protected]) to let me know you're interested!

Do you have a money-back guarantee?

If you purchase the book and don't find it useful, no problem! Just send me an email ([email protected]) and a copy of your purchase receipt within 30 days of buying the book, and I'll issue a refund for what you paid.

Do you offer any student discounts?

I sure do! Please send me an email ([email protected]) and let's talk about it.

I have another question that isn't answered here.

My email inbox is always open. If you send me an email ([email protected]) with your question, I'll be glad to answer!

About the author

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Dennis is a full-stack web developer and automation tester living in Osaka, Japan. He's has over 15 years of professional experience building technology products. His recent experience includes working on web applications across different industries like e-commerce and non-profit organizations. You can find Dennis on Twitter.

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He is also the main author of Dev Tester, a blog to help you improve your test automation skills as a developer. He publishes weekly articles covering software testing and automation including many useful articles about TestCafe.