Software teams have relied on Selenium WebDriver for test automation that can be executed in the most popular languages as well as the most popular browsers.
However, Selenium testing can still benefit from further automation to aid in continuous testing. While Selenium can be used on its own, there are also paid and open source tools that can help take software testing to the next level.
Selenium Automation in a Grid or the Cloud
As mentioned, Selenium allows you to test in a number of browsers, but with Selenium WebDriver, you only have the ability to automate on one machine at a time. In order to run those tests simultaneously, you will have to rely on a Selenium Grid or an automated cloud testing tool.
By using one of these environments to execute tests on different browsers and operating systems at the same time, you can address cross-browser bugs all at once rather than automating tests one after the other.
CrossBrowserTesting has parallel testing capabilities that allow you to do just that, letting you run the same test across 1500 browsers and operating systems concurrently to get more testing done in a tighter window. This means you can run multiple tests in the time it takes to run a single script, so you can expand test coverage without missing deadlines.
Alternatively, you can achieve this by maintaining a costly device lab or virtual machines in a Selenium Grid, but with CrossBrowserTesting, you’re able to execute these tests on a virtually endless number of configurations without high associated costs so no functional bug slips through the cracks to your users.
Continuous Testing and Selenium Automation
In order to test continuously, the ability to schedule Selenium automation is key. With CI tool integrations such as Jenkins, VS Team Services, and TeamCity, teams can integrate more often, test continuously, and deploy faster.
Jenkins is an open source Continuous Integration tool that helps developers, automation engineers, and DevOps engineers build and deploy at an agile pace. The CrossBrowserTesting integration with Jenkins lets you run automated functional tests with Selenium and Appium in addition to visual screenshot tests.
Integrating Jenkins and CrossBrowserTesting means that every time you run your build process, you'll have the confidence that your testing suite ran across thousands of browsers. Plus, you can conduct and report on your automated browser testing right from the Jenkins Build Report
With access to over 1500 browsers, you can run Selenium, Appium, or screenshot tests with every integration, catching bugs earlier in the process. By running parallel tests, you can run through your entire test suite in a fraction of the time.
While Jenkins tends to be the most popular choice for CI and automated test scheduling, CrossBrowserTesting also integrates with TeamCity and VS Team Services, so no matter what tools you’re already using, it’s easy to integrate CrossBrowserTesting into your current workflow.
Alternative Pathways to Automation
For teams that may not be as familiar with automation, there are other pathways to achieving similar outcomes through CrossBrowserTesting without the deep technical knowledge required to navigate Selenium.
With Record and Replay scripting, you can automate against browsers with no code necessary by performing manual tests that are recorded for playback in-app.
Not only does this provide quicker and easier automation for your team, it also gives you a broad selection of browsers in the cloud similar to Selenium testing. And just like with parallel testing in Selenium, once your tests are recorded in Record and Replay, you can run them in parallel to reduce your test execution time and increase your browser coverage.
Additionally, with Record and Replay, you can schedule a test suite to run daily, weekly, or monthly without navigating CI tools. For organizations that have less technical testers, this allows you to achieve continuous testing without requiring the skills to run Selenium and Jenkins or another automation server.
Again, this reinforces that no matter what tools you’re already using, what technical level you’re at, or how far they you are in your test automation journey, there’s options to help every team achieve continuous testing in CrossBrowserTesting.