Modern software development processes want to develop software quickly and reliably. To reduce the risk of regression defects, they automate the application testing process to allow fast and reliable checking of test conditions after each change.
If you are working on web applications, then the first automation tool you will want to get familiar with, is Selenium.
When we speak of Selenium, we are actually talking about both its flavours; Selenium IDE and Selenium WebDriver. Both automate browsers in support of web application testing.
Selenium IDE is most advantageous in creating unit tests, exploratory tests and one-off bug reproduction scripts, whereas WebDriver is typically used to create browser-based regression tests.
Fortunately, Selenium WebDriver is open source and supports multiple programming languages, making it easy to introduce into your development project.
It is used by many major online enterprises for testing their web interfaces like Facebook and Google.
It delivers an efficient way to generate test scripts, validate functionality and reuse these scripts in automated test frameworks, when completely set up.
Selenium scripts are created by recording actions using the web application under test running in a browser. These scripts can be saved and re-run at any time.
Being an open source software, Selenium has no upfront, out-of-pocket costs. It is free for download and the support, although community-based, is free too.
In our training session on ‘Automated Web Testing with Selenium’ at DrupalCon New Orleans, we will help you get started with Selenium and you will get to learn as to how you can save costs and time using one of the best automated tools.
Check out the syllabus and prerequisites in detail for the training session here.