In this extremely competitive environment, there is an insistent need to make web applications vigorous, performing without a glitch. Though, one of the keys drags in the app development process is the testing phase. Stress to launch the application at the earliest force developers to shorten the arduous testing phase. However, in this haste, the result is often half-baked products, with end-users experiencing several technical hitches.
Automation Testing has arisen as the solution that has caught on to elucidate the embarrassment. Automation Testing delivers various benefits involved with speed to market and quality of the testing process. It helps in evolving the scripts for running automated test instructions against a wide range of browsers, making the process economical, accurate, and faster than the traditional manual regression testing method.
The success of test automation cannot be measured in numbers of quantity. However, lately, an open-source tool ‘Selenium’, is making life easier for developers engrossed in the testing process.
What is Selenium?
Selenium tests the GUI and functionality of applications/websites. An automation script developed using Selenium commands the browser to navigate on to a page, click on some section, or do anything else that normal web or app users are anticipated to do.
Selenium has to be set-up once, and it starts offering highly efficient ways to generate test scripts, confirm its functionality and, reuse the scripts to let them work in an automated framework.
Selenium implements test cases in three different methods, i.e. Selenium IDE, the record-playback mode, Selenium RC also called remote-control mode launches multiple browsers, individually, and implements the pre-recorded test-cases and Selenium Grid that records and replays Selenium IDE and RC test cases, to enable the tests.
The first and foremost advantage is that selenium is open source and more and more companies are relying on this free software to automate their application testing process. Selenium automation testing is cost-efficient and reliable.
Features of Selenium
Selenium is loaded with several features that make the task of automation a lot easier. The numerous modules on offer may be chosen and designated, dependent on the intricacy of the web page or app for which the script is being written.
- Multiple Options: Selenium automation testing, in fact, provides a choice of selections to generate scripts. Selenium has benefits that considerably helps the testers in recording, saving and also running the tests. There is also an option to use the web development tools like Firebug, to create scripts manually.
- Integration with All Tools: Selenium does not limit the choice of building systems, reporting tools, or other important aspects of the existing It integrates well with almost all famous tools in the market like Hudson, SauceLabs, QMtery, Selenium-Grid, and others.
- Robust: Selenium is Robust, it works on almost all Operating Systems and also supports all browsers in trend like Firefox, IE, Opera, Chrome, and Safari.
Migrating from a licensed tool to Selenium can be beneficial, but it might not be a cakewalk. It would need more carefulness with the necessity to redevelop test codes. Although, there are various migration tools available that can deliver smooth transitions. Still, there is an extra caution that needs to be taken. In any way, once the transition is over, all the effort would be worth it.