Learning how to work Selenium is the key to mastering test automation and writing suites that will provide valuable insights for your team. However, becoming fully acclimated with the ins-and-outs of Selenium takes time, and there will always be certain limitations of what the open source tool can help you do.
While Selenium has its many challenges, you don’t have to go it alone. Cloud testing tools like CrossBrowserTesting provide additional abilities to help make the most of your testing and integrate more automation throughout the software development lifecycle.
Take a look at the following ways that CrossBrowserTesting enhances your Selenium suite (besides, of course, maintaining a Selenium grid infrastructure with over 1,500 real desktop and mobile browsers):
- Parallel Testing – Parallel testing allows you to test multiple browser and OS combinations at the same time rather than sequentially. This allows you to radically shorten test execution time by running long cross-browser tests at the same point in time across different environments instead of one after the other. Even just testing two browsers in parallel means that you’re testing twice as much, being two times and productive, and finding double the bugs in the same amount of time — just imagine what you could get accomplished with 5, 10, or 15 tests running in parallel.
- Out-of-the-Box Integrations – Automation gives teams the opportunity to insert more testing into the CI/CD workflow. CrossBrowserTesting further enables faster deployments through out-of-the-box integrations like Jenkins and TeamCity, allowing you to improve test coverage and application quality every build. Additionally, integrations like Slack, HipChat, and Jira make it even more simple to integrate CrossBrowserTesting into your current practices and communicate results with your teammates.
- Automatic Translation – As discussed, learning Selenium takes a lot of time and patience, but learning Appium presents a whole different set of obstacles. Fortunately, CrossBrowserTesting has automatic Selenium to Appium translation that allows you to easily use the scripts you’ve already written to perform mobile web testing across different devices and browsers. With mobile testing taking center stage as users adopt more devices, you can’t afford to skip testing on a selection of Androids and iPhones. CrossBrowserTesting makes it possible for you to automate across these devices without learning Appium, which means you can just focus on making sure your web app is mobile friendly.
Once you understand how to leverage Selenium tools like CrossBrowserTesting to enhance your automation efforts, your quickly begin to notice how much more testing you can get done.
Familiarizing yourself with these capabilities will make automation more practical for you and more productive for your team as you’re able to increase the speed of testing cycles and spend more time on finding new bugs rather than manually executing tests.