Selenium Testing — Increasing Adoption of Selenium Across Fortune 1000 Companies

With the increasing usage of Web Applications, the adoption of Selenium Testing Tool is skyrocketing in the automation tools industry. More and more vendor tool providers are supporting Selenium to automate web application testing. These tools integrate the Selenium Web Driver into the back-end architecture and work as a wrapper. This integration helps to test both client applications as well as web applications by pulling the APIs.

Trends in Selenium Job Postings as compared to QTP:

The QA decision makers always feel good if something comes as a freebie, especially in a cost consuming market of test automation. Selenium is an open source software and it supports a variety of languages including Java, Python, PHP, C#, Ruby and pure JavaScript.

The Selenium Testing Tool is now the most powerful Open Source Automation tool available and to a large extent it is based on java scripting. It is more suited for Agile methodology of coding and testing. The main benefits of Selenium can be listed as follows:

- The Selenium Testing Tool is one of the best tools for web based automation and supports all browsers such as Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc. It does not support Windows based applications but it supports many languages like Java, C#, Ruby, Python.

- The Selenium Testing Tool can be integrated with any framework for source code compilation to create an environment of Continuous Integration.

- The Selenium Testing Tool also helps to to enter bugs and issues into a Bug Management Tool through Jenkins. With the help of Jenkins or Grid, testers can connect multiple nodes to run different tests in parallel.

- Cost is the biggest advantage and as it is a freeware, it can be integrated easily with other open source tools.

Features of Selenium Summarized:

- Language Support > Java, C#, Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, JavaScript

- Windows Based Application > No Support

- Browser Support > Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, HtmlUnit

- Environment Support > Windows, Linux, Solaris, OS X, Others

- Mobile Support > Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Headless WebKit.

- Framework > Selenium, Eclipse, Maven, ANT + Jenkins / Hudson and its Plugins/ Cruise Control + TestNG + SVN

- Continuous Integration >Possible through Jenkins / Hudson / Cruise Control

- Object Recognition / Storage > UI Maps and different object location strategy such as XPath Element ID or attribute DOM.

- Image Based Tests > Possible, but not easy.

- Reports > Integration with Jenkins can give good reporting & dashboard capabilities.

- Software Costs > Zero.

- Coding Experience of Engineer > Very good along with technical capabilities of integrating different pieces of the framework.

- Script Creation Time > High

- Hardware Resource (CPU + RAM) consumption during script execution — Low

- Product Support — Open Source Community.

Conclusion

Growing evidence indicates that work experience in Selenium Testing Tool is a highly sought after skill. It has become the default standard for Web Testing. With so many changes taking place simultaneously, Selenium with all its features has been effective and continues to dominate a fair share of the test automation market.