What is Selenium?

“Selenium” as it’s official site says, automates browser. Literally, that’s it. A tool that helps programmers to replicate user actions on web applications.

Why use Selenium?

It helps users to automate browsers, which means it does not automate any desktop application. Then why does selenium still hold its ground so still for so long? The answer lies in the statistics, as per recent statics report there are about 3.74 billion Internet users in the world as at of March 2017 and around over 330.6 million registered domain names as at the first quarter of 2017, which may have increased by the time you are reading this. With so much happening in the web application world, fundamental lies in having a stable web application for the rapid growing net business, which leads us to testing. Obviously, we have manual testers to make sure the web applications are working as desired and that the business is not impacted. Manual testing cannot be entirely replaced but it has its own down fall, where automation testing pitches in and the best as well as the most stable way to automate testing of web applications is Selenium. Hence Selenium.

License Cost of Selenium?

“Zero”. Selenium is an open source tool that supports multiple OS and languages.

What are the advantages of selenium?

  • Platform Portability: Selenium is a highly portable tool that runs on multiple platforms as well as browsers. It therefore allows automation engineers the ease to write code without worrying about the platform on which it will run. It gives the testers the portability to run the test scripts on different environments like Dev, QA, UAT etc. without re-writing the scripts.
  • Language Support: Selenium has its bindings for Java, .NET, Ruby, Perl, Python, PHP, Groovy and JavaScript providing language flexibility to the users.
  • Multiple browser support: Selenium provides support to almost all the most commonly used browsers helping the automation tester to replicate user experiences. It supports Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari. It also supports head less browsers like HtmlUnitDriver allowing the test to run on the development environments like Unix.
  • Integration with testing frameworks: Selenium can be easily integrated with testing frameworks like JUnit, TestNg, NUnit, Jbehave and many more, helping to leverage best of both the worlds.
  • Trend is moving outwards Selenium: Licensed tool like LeanFT (HP Product) are providing integration with Selenium.
  • Different flavours: Selenium provides different flavours as per user’s needs, Selenium IDE, Selenium Grid, Selenium WebDriver

Why should I learn Selenium?

If the above points do not encourage you to learn then the following statistics should.  Search for Selenium jobs on any Job site and the numbers will clearly tell you.

  • LinkedIn displays approx. 2,500+ Selenium jobs, careers, employment in India as of current time.
  • displays approx. 3,500+ Selenium Jobs as of current time.
  • PayScale ranges annual pay from 355,017 to up to 774,987 for Selenium.

Plus, Selenium do not restrict itself to a testing profile, it has also now become a necessity for Web Application Developers as well which helps then to give an edge over the average profile. And lastly it can also help in repeated web-based administration tasks to be automated.

So, the question now is, what is stopping you to learn one of the most demanding technology?



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