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If your reading this blog, the chances are that you either want to kick-start your career in the IT field or you want to grow from being a manual tester to becoming an automation tester. Either way, you are at the right place because YOU need to learn Selenium. I’m saying this because automation testing has taken the world by storm and industry is looking for selenium certified professionals.
You might also want to know, how to start a career in testing, and if Selenium is the right track to get started. If such questions persist, then don’t worry because in this blog, I will give you 10 convincing reasons why you should learn Selenium.
Top 10 reasons to learn Selenium are:
Let me explain each of those reasons in a more detailed fashion.
Selenium is an open source tool, which means anybody can use it for free. Any organization can use Selenium to test their website or web application and even independent programmers can learn and practice automation testing using Selenium WebDriver.
The problem with other testing tools are that, they are either licensed tools, or their functionality is not as good as Selenium. HP’s QTP, IBM’s RFT, TestComplete, Ranorex are all proprietary (licensed) tools. Feature-wise, Selenium is the clear winner when compared to the others, no second thoughts!
This is another benefit that you get with Selenium. You don’t need a system with 16gb RAM or high HDD. Neither do you need to house a WindowsOS or MacOS or LinuxOS. The OS you use for home purpose is good enough for Selenium testing.
Most importantly, you can test the website on any browser, be it Chrome or Firefox or Safari or Internet Explorer or even Opera for that matter of fact. The simplicity needed to work with Selenium can be related to how easy it is to plugin USB drives to your system for transferring data.
This has to be the single most important factor for any programmer to get into the Automation Testing domain. Most tools in the market need you to be specialized in one particular programming language. Languages such as VBScript, Java, C# are among the common scripting languages required by various tools.
Frameworks are very similar to templates. You can make slight modification to the code as per your requirement for different conditions, instead of making wholesale changes. There are various frameworks like:
Selenium forms an integral part of the DevOps lifecycle because most companies are now replacing Agile or Waterfall approaches with the DevOps approach. Very few testing tools qualify as a DevOps tool because DevOps emphasizes on using open source tools.
Selenium can be easily integrated with other open source tools. Since most of the tools used in DevOps or otherwise are very useful and open source, those tools have a lot of takers. And when these tools are integrated with Selenium, we can achieve automation (Continuous testing in DevOps).
Some of those tool are Jenkins, TestNG, Maven, JUnit, Sikuli & AutoIT.
Multiple Selenium tests cases can be executed in parallel on the same machine or on remote machines. Selenium Grid is used for executing the test cases on remote machines. By performing parallel & distributed testing, you save time to run tests, execute the tests in the same machine, or you can execute the tests on web servers.
In addition, if you are not interested to set Selenium Grid in your systems, you can use online Selenium Grids such as LambdaTest which facilitates access to more than 2000 browser environments over which you can run your tests and truly automate cross-browser testing
This should be an important factor in influencing you to learn Selenium because with other tools, you will miss the luxury of parallel & distributed testing due to system overhead (performance) or lack of functionality. In the industry, it is necessary to execute the tests quickly & efficiently.
Since Selenium tests can be executed without a GUI, the tests can be carried out on web servers and automation can be achieved by scheduling it’s execution by
integrating it with other tools. No GUI, also means the performance of your machines will drastically improve.
For designing test cases in Selenium, you have the flexibility to design it either via programming logic or by record and playback approach. If you do not have the technical knowledge to script WebDriver code, you can use IDE to record your tests and export the programming logic to an equivalent programming language of your choice.
Selenium WebDriver can be used to write your logic using programming languages (which happens most of the time) or you can use Selenium IDE to record your tests and export it later into a programming language of your choice to execute as a WebDriver test.
Last but not the least, Selenium testers have a lot of takers in the market. Since Selenium’s usage is growing consistently, even the demand for Selenium testers is growing proportionately. Take a look at the below graphs to understand what is their demand and how much Selenium testers get paid on an average.
So, that brings an end to this blog on the Top 10 Reasons To Learn Selenium. I hope these reasons make sense to you and convey the importance to learn Selenium (demand & supply). You might also be interested in watching the below video which talks about the 10 Reasons To Learn Selenium.
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