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Selenium WebDriver

Selenium WebDriver is quickly becoming the preferred tool for testing web applications. I was first introduced to Selenium around 2012 while trying to learn some automation for an application I was testing. I had looked at other open source tools like Sahi, Sikuli, White Framework and a few others at the time but none resonated well with me. However, with Selenium, I was able to write short but effective scripts that had me excited for the future possibilities with the API. As I was back then, I am still excited to be working with Selenium WebDriver but at a much higher level.

I briefly wanted to mention why Selenium WebDriver is such an awesome tool that will only get better.

  • Selenium is open source (Free!).
  • It supports mobile devices.
  • Can execute tests in parallel using Selenium Grid.
  • Can be extended for use with various technologies.
  • Has abilities to execute scripts.

The major limitation to Selenium WebDriver is that it cannot automate Desktop applications, solely web applications.

To learn more about Selenium WebDriver, visit its homepage here: SeleniumHQ. You won’t regret it. Good luck.