Cruxes of Selenium - Selenium Basics - Selenium for Beginners


  • Selenium is a suite of several automated testing tools, each of them catering to different testing needs.
  • Basics and advantages of Selenium - All these tools fall under the same umbrella of open source category and supports only web based testing.
  • Selenium suite is comprised of 4 basic components; Selenium IDE, Selenium RC, WebDriver, SeleniumGrid.
  • User is expected to choose wisely the right Selenium tool for his/her needs - Here is the Good News for Selenium Testers.
  • Selenium IDE is distributed as a Firefox plug-in. It is easier to install and use. User is not required to possess prior programming knowledge. Selenium IDE is an ideal tool for a naive user.
  • Selenium RC is a server that allows user to create test scripts in a desired programming language. It also allows executing test scripts within the large spectrum of browsers. "Top 4 Difference between Selenium RC & WebDriver"
  • Selenium Grid brings out an additional feature to Selenium RC by distributing its test script on different platforms and browsers at the same time for execution, thus implementing the master slave architecture.
  • WebDriver is a different tool altogether that has various advantages over Selenium RC. The fusion of Selenium RC and WebDriver is also known as Selenium 2. WebDriver directly communicates with the web browser and uses its native compatibility to automate.
  • Selenium 3 is the most anticipated inclusion in the Selenium suite which is yet to be launched in the market. Selenium 3 strongly encourages mobile testing.

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