SilkTest Question 58: SilkTest training from Borland

Last year, eager to maximize our automated testing abilities, my QA team signed up for a couple of SilkTest training courses at Borland. As local Silk Test guru I, without a doubt, decided to take Advanced Testing with SilkTest course. Two of my less experienced QA team members took Verification Testing with SilkTest class in hope to develop a real working knowledge of automated testing methodology and capitalize on the real benefits of utilizing 4Test scripting language in our automated test.

My SilkTest training course has the following description
A great introduction to the true power of SilkTest designed for those who want to take their verification testing capabilities to a higher level
and one of the prerequisites was attending of previous SilkTest class Verification Testing with Silk Test, but I decided to skip it due to my long experience in automated testing with Segue tool.

The list price, our company got from Borland for SilkTest training, was $2,400 per person, but as far as I know corporation paid a tad less due discount. Segue Certified SilkTest Engineer (SCSTE) Exam level 1 and 2 were included in price tag. All of us decided that I would be healthier to sign up for four days public classroom Silk Test training in MicroTek facilities, instead of using online or onsite SilkTest training. The onsite QA course is not perfect for us, because QA engineer has to go back to work chores after course ends and we have not enough headcount for on site QA class.

To my surprise, more then half of the students showed interest in using SilkTest for testing non web based applications. Somehow I thought that only web based applications remained in this world. Anyway in my opinion it would more useful to separate and organize SilkTest training based on QA Engineers preferences.

- tutorial
- curriculum

6 comments:

Gennadiy said...

I wonder, whether you learned smth. new? If so, what exactly?
I don't mean the full description, but maybe some tips about smth. you didn't know before?

Thank you in advance

karkadil said...

One more question.
How to subscribe to your glog?
I didn't find any way to do this :(

MP said...

not sure about subscription.
as for silk test class experience I will add it later

Anonymous said...

Is there anything like Finally )as we have in java) in silk exception handling?
(finally is like even if the code in "do" fails or not the code in finally is executed )

Anonymous said...

My experience with Borland's instructor led online training.

This "instructor led" online version of the Advanced Training with SilkTest at $1500 is a total rip-off. I am considering contacting the credit card company to dispute the charges based on "breach of contract" and false advertisement.

The online class materials resemble a tutorial that should have been included as part of the SilkTest installation. Do not let the term "instructor led" fool you. You are pretty much on your own. Questions on the question board are left unanswered. If they are answered, most of the time the instructor does not understand your questions or does not know how to answer them. What is the most aggravating experience is to ask the instructor a question on something you read from the online help or class material and to have the instructor copy verbatim as an answer, the very exact paragraph you had a question on. This practice is done without the slightest attempt at expounding on the material. Isn't that what instructor led should be all about - to expound on the material?

The instructor does answer emails, albeit not always in a timely manner. The answers however, are always terse, incomplete and never, ever do they clarify your questions.

Exercises that are required to be submitted to the best of my knowledge are not reviewed.

No recorded WebEx sessions are available.

In summary, you are much better off paying the extra $300 and attending a physical class being taught by a full-time instructor. This option is not always available however, either due to your location or the fact that Borland cancels the classes due to not having enough students. Unfortunately, the instructors for the online version just seem to pop in and out whenever they have the time and do not appear to take the class seriously.

Falguni said...

Hi,
I want to learn SilkTest more deeply,I know the basics of SilkTest and have used it.

Please let me know from where I can have online Training for SilkTest

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