Java for Selenium: How much Java is Required?

How much java is required for selenium testing? This question is always in the minds of testing professionals who would like to learn selenium, but are not so comfortable with too much of programming to learn. In this post, we will take a detailed look at the extent of Java to be learnt for Selenium scripting.

Java is one of the languages used for writing automation scripts in Selenium. Selenium supports other languages as well like python, ruby, C#, javascript etc. However, java has gained wide spread acceptance in the industry as the preferred language for selenium.

This means that it is advisable to learn java for selenium as it will also help in improving your career prospects.

For Test Automation using Selenium Core Java is sufficient, Advanced Java is not required.

Java Fundamentals and OOPS (Object Oriented Programming System) concepts are required.

We can segregate Java for selenium in to 2 categories.

A) Java Fundamentals

Data types in Java
Operators in Java
Flow control Statements- Conditional like if else statements and switch case
Loop Statements – For, while, do while and Enhanced for loop
Strings and Arrays in Java
Java methods -  System and user defined
Regular Expressions

B) Java OOPS Concepts and More

Abstract Class method
Interface vs Abstract Class in Java
File Handling
Exceptions Handling
Static keyword
“this” keyword
Garbage Collection
Collection Framework
Multithreading in Java
How to use Buffered Reader in Java

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