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As an open-source test automation framework, the Selenium testing tool enjoys immense popularity across the globe. 

It is a popular tool to automate tests across browsers for web applications. Selenium ensures the development and delivery of high-quality web applications via test scripts that regularly validate functionality. Testing with the Selenium tool ensures a consistent experience across browsers, devices, and platforms. 

In this blog, we will cover

What is Selenium testing?

In the world of web testing, Selenium is a powerhouse of advanced capabilities. Offering a robust testing framework, the tool

  • Automates web application testing and an array of web-based administration tasks 
  • Helps teams in creating quick bug reproduction scripts, scaling, and distributing them across many environments 
  • Runs test scripts against a vast combination of browsers/OS

As a simple, turn-key solution, Selenium testing helps in quickly authoring reliable end-to-end tests. It works great out-of-the-box for any web app and paves the way for easy debugging with rich IDE features. The tool also enables seamless cross-browser execution, allowing teams to run tests on a variety of browser-OS combinations in parallel.

Why do organizations need Selenium testing?

Users today use an array of different devices and browsers to surf for the information they need online. But considering the massive number of browsers, operating systems, and devices, the permutations, and combinations to test are endless. Selenium ensures every web app performs consistently and reliably across different devices and browsers. 

It automates this complex process of web testing, allowing teams to execute tests quickly and accelerate DevOps processes. Since the Selenium testing tool needs no additional setup other than the installation of the extensions for different browsers, it is easy to get started. Through highly resilient testing, test case reuse, and seamless integration with third-party plugins, the tool enables instant feedback and results in better-tested apps.

What is the Selenium testing tool used for?

The Selenium testing tool allows teams to write test scripts in several different languages, like Java, Python, Ruby, C#, etc. They can then use the tool to automate tests and run them against browsers to check for performance, functionality, and uptime consistency. 

Acting as a strong element of any test automation strategy, the Selenium tool is perfect for running web application tests. 

But despite the benefits Selenium offers, it won’t be the only tool you would be using in the realm of automated web testing.

Why Selenium alone is not enough?

The Selenium testing tools need to be combined with other codeless, cross-browser coding frameworks and tools to strengthen the testing structure, enable assertion functions, generate accurate code coverage reports, establish a browser-like environment, and more. 

Although the Selenium tool enables testers to achieve quick and accurate testing outcomes, several key challenges come in the way of successful Selenium automation. These include effectively handling the dynamic web page content, testing for mobile operating systems, validating dynamic runtime elements, and scalability issues. 

To overcome these challenges, teams need to transition the Selenium testing framework to a unified low-code or no-code automation tools like ACCELQ.

How does ACCELQ enhance the power of Selenium?

As an advanced tool powered by Selenium, ACCELQ enhances the power of Selenium for sustainable test automation. ACCELQ’s behavior-driven design delivers a much-needed business process perspective to Selenium capabilities, helping teams automate test design and test case generation.

Being low-code, the tool requires no programming skills and interfaces seamlessly with the Selenium API. Using ACCELQ, teams can:

  • Visually construct the robust ID selector – without having to parse or analyze the DOM
  • Handle dynamic page content and elements with innovative concepts such as Element Family, Anchoring, and neighborhood analysis
  • Enable automation early in the lifecycle – without waiting for the application front-end
  • Leverage powerful abstraction and reconciliation engines to make concurrent progress along with the dev team.
  • Enjoy ACCELQ’s embedded framework to get all the benefits of Selenium – without investing in custom frameworks. 
  • Make the most of reusable and modular business process components to guide test scenario generation. 
  • Enable seamless and effective data-driven testing, driven by business rules, for optimal coverage and results 
  • Enjoy extensions on Selenium core to enable comprehensive testing using the latest technologies such as Angular and React JS. 
  • Get out-of-the-box support for composite controls in UI frameworks such as Kendo, Bootstrap, Google MD, etc. 
  • Achieve high levels of execution reliability with autonomics-based self-healing and exception handling 
  • Convert Selenium exceptions into actionable and troubleshooting steps quickly and effectively 
  • Eliminate complex Selenium utilities and enable test planning with intelligent user stories 
  • Seamlessly generate actionable and functional test reports to enhance Selenium’s reporting further and take it to an enterprise-level
  • Effortlessly integrate Selenium with leading bug tracking tools for one-click defect creation and management.
  • Automate lab management and distribute test executions for quicker and more comprehensive testing outcomes 
  • Automatically collate test results across the automation farm, maintaining the same functional reports even with parallel execution.
  • Enjoy in-built Sauce Labs and BrowserStack integration for infra extensibility.

Conclusion

If you want to carry out exceptional web testing for a combination of devices, Operating Systems, and browsers, an enterprise-grade platform like ACCELQ to run automated test scripts seamlessly and reliably, analyze the results for fast feedback, and prevent bugs from impacting the end-user experience. 

Embrace the ACCELQ tool today to maximize the power of Selenium – without the complexities of investing  in custom frameworks or writing code.

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GEOSLEY ANDRADES

Director, Product Evangelist at ACCELQ.

 

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