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Selenium As An Automation Testing Tool

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Selenium is a portable software testing framework for web applications. Selenium provides a record/playback tool for authoring tests without learning a test scripting language (Selenium IDE). It also provides a test domain-specific language (Selenese) to write tests in a number of popular programming languages, including Java, C#, Groovy, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby. The tests can then be run against most modern web browsers. Selenium deploys on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh platforms. It is open-source software, released under the Apache 2.0 license, and can be downloaded and used without charge.

Selenium is a set of different software tools each with a different approach to supporting test automation. Most Selenium QA Engineers focus on the one or two tools that most meet the needs of their project, however learning all the tools will give you many different options for approaching different test automation problems. The entire suite of tools results in a rich set of testing functions specifically geared to the needs of testing of web applications of all types. These operations are highly flexible, allowing many options for locating UI elements and comparing expected test results against actual application behavior. One of Selenium’s key features is the support for executing one’s tests on multiple browser platforms.

Why Selenium:

Selenium is probably the best option for automated testing of Websites today. It is becoming increasingly popular and it is the first choice of automation testers as well as organizations for automating the testing of Web-based applications for both the GUI as well as the functionality. Selenium can also be used as a unit testing tool for JavaScript.

Importance of Selenium

Selenium is an open source tool and supported by a large volunteers of open source developers.

Selenium has become one of the most popular automation testing tools in the recent days.

More and more organizations are adopting Selenium over other commercial software testing tools.

Selenium testers are more in demand

Its cost effective- More and more organizations are cutting cost and divorcing commercial and high cost tools like QTP, rational and MS visual suites of tools.

UK job market for Selenium professionals

UK job market for Selenium professionals

Surveys indicate that 70% of the required jobs are in testing with selenium being on the top of all.

With the increase of software companies in UK, the demand of testers has equally increased.

Testing is one of the important phases in project deliverables…hence the demand for tester.

Why is Selenium a preferred tool?

The WebDriver object triggers real events in the browser: mouse clicks, button clicks, entering text, and events from the keyboard. Think of each step as a building block. Stacked together, they can enable a technical team to do some powerful things. Here are a few of the more common reasons for using WebDriver

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