The entry of Cypress.io has taken the world of functional test automation by storm. This newest tool is attracting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Cypress is fast, reliable, interactive, and most of all, it makes browser automation for testing cool and fun.
But is Cypress really the best alternative to the Selenium WebDriver? Is it better, and if so, in what way? Does Cypress have what it takes to dethrone the reigning king?
The question that needs to be asked, however, is whether replacing Selenium WebDriver is actually what Cypress has been built to do.
When you compare the two testing tools, it becomes clear that while the two have a lot in common, there are also some marked differences that allow them to each take on their own trajectory. One can even say that they exist as mutually exclusive tools for automating the web browser, writing functional tests, and verifying results.
Let’s take a closer look at what these two tools are, as well as their similarities and differences, to help you understand which one would be a more appropriate fit for your needs.
### **What is Selenium?**
### **What is Cypress?**
The demand for delivering quality software faster — or “Quality at Speed” — requires organizations to search for solutions in Agile, continuous integration (CI), and DevOps methodologies. Test automation is an essential part of these aspects. The latest World Quality Report 2018–2019 suggests that test automation is the biggest bottleneck to deliver “Quality at Speed,” as it is an enabler of successful Agile and DevOps adoption.
Test automation cannot be realized without good tools; as they determine how automation is performed and whether the benefits of automation can be delivered. Test automation tools is a crucial component in the DevOps toolchain. The current test automation trends have increased in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to offer advanced capabilities for test optimization, intelligent test generation, execution, and reporting. It will be worthwhile to understand which tools are best poised to take advantage of these trends.****
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Selenium is one of the most popular automated testing frameworks, with a market share of about 26.4% in the software testing tools category. This open-source testing framework enables you to automate user actions on your software application under test.
Using this free testing framework, you can also verify & validate your software products across multiple browsers. Additionally, you can create Selenium test scripts using various programming languages such as C#, Java, Python, etc.
The Selenium automation software consists of a host of software tools to cater to an organization’s different quality engineering needs. These are:
Even though Selenium is among the most preferable web-app testing frameworks, it is not completely flawless. This automation framework has its fair share of challenges that developers face while working with it. Let us discuss some of the most common challenges and how you can tackle each of them.
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Selenium has gone through a tremendous evolution since its introduction and that’s the reason today it is the most popular and powerful automation testing tool. The newly released Selenium 4 is creating a lot of buzz and the complete testing community is looking forward to exploring its updated features.
Before we dive into Selenium 4, let’s have a brief introduction to its previous versions. Selenium 1 was declared as the free open source automation testing framework in the year 2004 consisting of selenium IDE, RC, and web driver. Whereas, the Selenium 2 released in 2011 consisted of the IDE, Web driver, and Grid. The RC server was merged with the web driver, as the web driver facilitated easy automation scripting for the browsers. Selenium 3 was officially released in 2016. One of the most noticeable changes in selenium 3 was the replacement of the selenium core with the web driver-backed option, the introduction of the gecko driver, and W3C web driver integration.
With the aim of executing much seamless, accurate and faster test automation, Selenium 4 was released on 24th April 2019. So let’s unleash all the major features of selenium 4 which sets it apart from the earlier versions delivering better test automation. There are a lot of exciting features in Selenium 4 across the complete suite i.e. Selenium IDE, Webdriver and Grid. In Selenium 4 though the Webdriver captures the spotlight, we will cover the updated features of selenium IDE and selenium grid. So first of all let’s define the different user groups for the Selenium suite.
Selenium is a suite of tools that caters to the various requirements of the project such as:
Let us explore the features of Selenium 4 across the different Selenium Tools.
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Being an automation tester, we do realize that in a release cycle, time is always of the essence! Selenium test automation helps to save us a considerable amount of time in our test cycles. However, it is pivotal to note the way through which you are executing your Selenium testing scripts. Which frameworks are you using? Are you doing it with an in-house infrastructure or with an online Selenium Grid? Are you making use of build automation tools or not?!
Build automation tools like Maven, Gradle and ANT provide you to accelerate the Selenium test automation even further. Not only do they help you manage build lifecycles, dependencies but they also allow you to perform parallel test execution. In this post, we are going to understand why every automation tester needs a build management tool for Selenium testing.
Build automation tools allow us to orchestrate our project builds by automating the processes for handling Selenium dependencies, compiling source code to binary & then later packages the binary. All in order to run automation testing. Build automation tools have become pivotal for the software development & testing process. These tools help developers in completing day to day activities like.
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We all know that manual testing of applications takes a lot of time, effort, and resources too. Moreover, it is not possible to quickly test applications at any random time without having any manual intervention. Automation is used to reduce manual testing as much as possible.
We already have many tools available in the market, with Selenium and UFT being some of them. So, in this article, we will see a complete comparison between the HP UFT and Selenium. So let’s start with Selenium vs UFT.
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