The Benefits of Selenium Automation Testing

Mar 28, 2023 | Product Insights, Test Automation Insights

Ranorex Selenium tool comparison

Developers can benefit from utilizing Ranorex Studio & Selenium together through the use of our Selenium WebDriver integration. In fact, to ensure that you get the most out of your Selenium automation testing, Selenium has recently undergone updates to provide an even better user experience.

What Is Selenium Used For?

Selenium is an open-source automation testing framework that is used for automation testing on web applications across varying browsers and platforms. It can utilize a number of programming languages including C#, Java, and Python, among others.

Because developers often do not have the time to run manual tests on their web applications, tools like Selenium offer automated testing, avoiding time-consuming or repetitive tasks. In this sense, it is a significant time saver for teams that have a limited window for testing. They can prioritize more complex testing for developers to execute manually and save time-consuming tests for Selenium to run without the need for developers’ manual input.

Selenium Testing Tools Simplify Automated Testing

Selenium has four main components that make up its suite. These are Selenium Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Selenium Remote Control (RC), WebDriver, and Selenium Grid. These tools make it easy for you to perform automated testing more effectively.

  • Selenium IDE: A Chrome and Firefox plugin that logs natural interactions in the browsers and generates code for programming languages like C#, Java, Python, and Ruby as well as Selenese (Selenium’s own scripting language)
  • Selenium RC: A testing framework that allows QA or developers to write test cases regardless of programming language so as to automate user interface tests for web applications against any HTTP website
  • Selenium WebDriver: A web framework that permits developers to execute cross-browser tests and is used to automate web-based application testing, thus verifying that it is performing as it is supposed to
  • Selenium Grid: A smart server that can route test commands to browser instances using remote devices and has two main components, ”Hub” and “Node” 

Open Source Availability

Open source availability is one of the many advantages of using Selenium. This means that Selenium is publicly accessible and free. It also means that Selenium is open to the community to continue helping developers by allowing them to customize their code for enhanced code management and functionality of predefined functions and classes. As such, Selenium is one of the most reliable web automation tools.

Support for Major Languages

A common question that comes up when you’re testing an application is whether or not the application supports the language that you are utilizing. With Selenium, you are free to work in any number of programming languages.

Flexible Test Management

It is important to be able to efficiently manage your testing during the lifecycle of your software. Selenium allows you to make rapid changes in the code, reduce duplication, minimize complications, and improve the overall readability of the code. 

Multi-Browser Use

Something that makes Selenium incredibly useful for developers is that you do not have to rewrite scripts for each individual browser that you test. In fact, all you have to do is create one script to run on several browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Edge. 

Easy Cross-Device Testing

Selenium doesn’t just support multiple browsers. It can also function across multiple operating systems. Namely, Selenium can be used on Windows, Linux, MacOS, UNIX, and a variety of others. Just as you don’t need to create multiple scripts to test across browsers, you also do not need to create multiple scripts to test across operating systems. 

Reusable Automation Test Suites

Selenium automated testing is reusable, meaning that you don’t have to start anew each time you want to conduct testing. You can simply create one script and run it as many times as you need to to ensure that your application doesn’t have any errors.

Simple Framework for Users

Selenium is user-friendly by providing an interface that helps you to create and execute test scripts easily and effectively. It also allows you to watch the tests as they are running, and it provides detailed reports to take subsequent action. 

The Many Advantages of Selenium Testing with Ranorex

Using Ranorex Studio & Selenium is optimal for developers because it can give you all the advantages of both softwares.

Enhanced Collaboration

Features like reusable code modules and shareable object repositories make Ranorex Studio well-equipped for collaboration. Collaborators can use the built-in support for source control to manage their automated tests and then use Ranorex Magic Merger to reduce merger conflicts.

Reliable Object Recognition

Ranorex Spy helps you create a more streamlined testing environment by analyzing and identifying UI elements with a single click. The RanoreXPath generated for each UI element allows for your objects to be stored in the shareable object repository to then be used in your automated tests. 

Single Point of Maintenance

With Ranorex, your tests are easy to maintain. Web elements are stored as objects in the object repository. You can make changes to all your automated tests at once by updating the definition once instead of having to change all individual tests.

Fast Feedback

With fully-customizable test run reports, you can jump into tests directly from the failed test step to complete quick debugging, all without any additional work.

Support for all Platforms & Browsers

While Selenium is designed primarily for web testing, Ranorex Studio allows you to test across desktop platforms, mixed-technology web applications, and native mobile apps on both iOS and Android.

Scalable Testing

With Ranorex Studio, you can scale your cross-browser web tests by running them concurrently on multiple WebDriver endpoints to a local Selenium grid or to cloud-based providers.

Start Selenium Testing with Ranorex

Ranorex’s Selenium WebDriver integration is a powerful tool for developers to implement automated testing on their web applications. To test it out for yourself, contact us today for your free trial of Ranorex Studio.

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