Selenium - Gateway for Automation
June 13, 2018

Selenium - Gateway for Automation

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Selenium

For one single department, we used Selenium software for our website application implementation. It was helpful in testing software infrastructure without a need to focus resources and time on learning new test scripting languages. We also utilized Selenium in assisting with the creation of automation that was carried out in test browsers. It was also beneficial for generating reports that we required.
  • The efficiency in testing is beneficial with Selenium because without the questioning the potential usefulness of software, we wouldn't really be able to confirm that certain web applications will perform the way we want them to.
  • Quality Assurance has worked better with Selenium since this program helps eliminate manual QA testing, which itself could lead to exponential error, and cost.
  • A strength of Selenium is also the array of tools as well as cross-platform capability. The remotely controlled server acts as a device platform for JavaScript, PHP, Perl, and Ruby.
  • Selenium is pretty user-friendly but sometimes tests tend to flake out. I'd say roughly one out of twenty tests yields a false positive.
  • Selenium software cannot read images. This is a minor negative because a free plug-in is available from alternate sources.
  • Slowness may be a minor factor with Selenium, though this is an issue with basically any testing software since waiting on a site to execute JavaScript requires the browser to wait for a particular action.
  • Generation of detailed finding reports helped in cost savings in regard to direct labor.
  • Quality Assurance technicians found value in repeating mundane duties that they perform daily. It saved mental energy due to the automation process.
  • The value was established in high volume usage in setting up meetings as well as new accounts with A/B testing. Also merely cleaning up old test documents by evaluating them and organization or deletion.
Ghost Inspector, a cloud-based automated web app testing tool, used for recording and playback, a lot like Selenium IDE. Ghost Inspector provides Google Chrome and Firefox plugins to record browser actions and allows users to save the tests on their cloud platform. It allows the ability to configure notifications, schedule tests and generate reports. I'd still go with Selenium based on price points for packaging variants.
Katalon Studio combines the powerful programming of Selenium framework to go along with a well-designed graphic user interface. It's a powerful test automation platform. Built on top of the Selenium and Appium frameworks, Katalon Studio can be used for web application, mobile, and REST services testing. It reaches a bit further than Selenium IDE but mainly it would be utilized by firms that specialize in an array of services.
Ease of use and the intuitive set up of Selenium IDE are both easy positives. Setup is very speedy and almost any employee will be able to grasp the ideas presented. We utilized Selenium for Quality Assurance lab situations but maintained discretion for each member of the firm. It was definitely reliable enough, even given the ratio for false-positive readings, for us to choose it for primary automation in lab functions. The cost to use Selenium was basically in the middle of the road as far as range goes.