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Selenium – The automation testing tool

In the present world of IT industry, many Test automation frameworks have come in place so as to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a software test coverage. As they simplify the testing efforts with a minimum set of scripts required for test execution than an earlier manual testing process, keeping the main focus area to understand ‘why Selenium’, let’s start continuing our zeal more effectively for why one needs selenium and its significant importance in a Test Automation process.

Selenium is a lightweightsoftware testingframework for testing web applications. Provided with a record/playback tool, selenium has its authoring tests available without learning a test scripting language (Selenium IDE). Selenese, a test domain specific language from Selenium gives the provision to write and execute tests in a wide number of programming languages – C# Groovy, Java, Python, PHP, Perl and Ruby.

Categorized into 3 main set of commands – Actions, Assessors and Assertions, Selenese can be used to test a broken link, Alerts, Window, existence of objects on the UI, Alerts, window, list options and lot more.These tests can then be run against most modern web browsers. Selenium can be deployed on various platforms like Windows, Linux, and Macintosh. Being open source, its ability to run on multiple browsers and support to be deploys on various platforms helps us to choose selenium for test automation process.

Emerging itself as one of the best tool in the market available as ‘Open Source ’, it is well suitable for Web applications testing. One may have a query – is selenium something being replaced in the automation world for a Test Engineer or an additional source to drive the tests effectively for a Test Analyst? Let’s understand the deep roots of Selenium that has started from the core concepts of Java and evolved into the world of testing where programming concepts were once not required.

Getting started with selenium is more comfortable with a Basic Programming Skills, knowledge in Manual Testing and good insight into Test Automation Practices& Principles. One can start with Selenium IDE if they are not familiar with programming or scripting languages and later go ahead with Selenium RC and Web Driver. Contact karen@virtualameerpet.com for more details and training plans.


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