Why to use WebDriver instead of Selenium IDE?

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Why can't we just record all of our test cases in Selenium IDE and export it to Java/WebDriver and run it in WebDriver using Eclipse?

I want to understand this clearly as I am very much confused about using WebDriver.

Please explain why IDE recorded scripts fail in WebDriver?
Jul 11, 2018 in Selenium by QueenBee
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Selenium IDE is a Record and Playback tool, but it is not reliable. As web applications are frequently changed, the IDE is not a good solution for a production environment.

Suppose you record your test, and you find an element with a dynamic ID. Sure we can import it into eclipse, but what happens when that test starts failing? why not simply make your test agile and independent to catch these in the first place.

So IDE is designed to be a quick solution to automation, but it is not a solution to a full regression suite.
answered Jul 11, 2018 by Meci Matt
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