Why Migrate to Selenium

why migrate to selenium

Leverage Cigniti’s Automated Test Assets Migration Expertise to Selenium and adopt the best of open-source practices

For enterprises already using existing test automation tools, it has been found that building automated tests for web applications has been challenging as the user interface of the applications might change regularly due to certain incompatibilities between browsers and  the underlying need to support various server or client platforms. Moreover, the time and effort spent in choosing a suitable test automation framework ensure successful test execution. Test Automation using Selenium is the option as it  has a portable software testing framework for web applications and is available as open source. More reasons have been stated below.

Why choose Selenium as the ideal solution for Test Automation?

Selenium has many advantages for being chosen as an effective test automation tool for functional testing and some of the major reasons are listed below:

  • Selenium is a feature rich test automation tool; its entire suite of tools results in rich testing functions and is most suitable for all types of web applications when compared to existing commercial tools
  • Selenium supports many languages like Java, C#, Ruby, Python and supports all browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Html Unit. It has the support of largest browser vendors that have made it to be a part of their browser
  • The Selenium environment support includes Windows, Linux, Solaris OS X and others (where browser support is available)
  • By using the Selenium Integrated Development Environment, it will be easy to create simple tests very quickly. It can also be used as a Unit testing tool for JavaScript
  • The test automation advantages include the test repeatability and the speed of test execution that is possible. Selenium Tests can be executed on multiple browser platforms
  • Facilitates debugging test cases by toggling breakpoints through the commands
  • Selenium can integrate with anything to to give a robust framework such as Maven or Ant for source code compilation and Continuous integration is possible through Jenkins/Hudson/Cruise Control
  • It is more cohesive and has an easy to use interface for developing automated tests compared to other existing tools
  • Due to its integration with Jenkins, it can give very good reporting and dashboard structures
  • Last but not the least, due to its Open source nature, does not have any licensing costs as it is freeware, unlike other commercial tools

In view of the above features and functionalities it supports, today, many enterprises have started preferring Selenium. Thus, Selenium is emerging as one of the most robust web application testing frameworks. Selenium’s open source licensing and its support for multiple browsers, languages, and platforms make it the core engine for various browser automation tools. Selenium, and Selenium WebDriver are advanced test automation tools available. For enterprises using existing tools, manual migration to Selenium could be quite costly and time consuming and below are stated some issues.

Issues with Manual Migration to Selenium

There are many aspects one has to consider when performing manual migration to Selenium.

  1. Impact on business: Manual migration to Selenium may lead to Downtime issues and also have an impact on carrying on business as usual.
  2. Training & Knowledge Transfer: One of the major concerns while manually migrating to Selenium is lack of training and knowledge for performing the migration. A parallel issue is the fact that insufficient efforts are made towards providing training on Selenium and building a capable selenium automation team.
  3. Prior Exposure to Migration: An expert knowledge of the tool is very important for migration. Resources should know some of the details of a migration like data mapping of source to target, backup plan, managing downtime, how & what to test post a migration.
  4. Change from Existing tool to New Tool: There is every fear for enterprises & others, that whether all their existing test assets can be migrated easily or not.
  5. Migration Cost Intricacies: This includes the one time costs of the actual acquisition costs of hardware, software, installation, packaged software customization, site preparation and other automated migration costs, etc. Thus, when the migration is done manually, more costs will be incurred as it involves the rebuilding of the entire test suite from scratch.

Using an automated tool that can provide seamless migration to Selenium seems to be the apt solution to overcome the issues listed above