Breaking down the barriers: Testing desktop apps with Selenium

Selenium was born for web-application testing. But have you ever thought it could be a great tool for testing Windows desktop apps too?

Today, more and more desktop apps use a web-like approach to implement their UI. The methods vary from basic HTMLayout environment to complex designs in CEF (Chromium Embedded Framework). However traditional GUI automation tools seem to be a step behind or ignoring the trend completely. This situation calls for finding new ways of testing.

In our talk we shall introduce to you a new way of utilizing Selenium for automated testing of desktop applications. No matter whether the HTML UI content is completely offline or loaded and updated dynamically, Selenium is able to access and navigate it just like in a web page. We’ll also show you how to build a small framework around it and plug it into your Continuous Integration process. All of this will be demonstrated using a real-life instance of Avast Antivirus for Windows.

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction to the problem
  • Connecting Selenium to a desktop app
  • Navigating the app’s UI and reading the DOM
  • Different approaches - in app, UI without the app itself
  • Putting it all together
  • Demo

Learning Outcome

  • Testing web-based desktop apps is possible
  • Demonstrating several approaches how to do it
  • Reusing the same tests in different scenarios
  • Making it run on a Continuous Integration environment

Target Audience

Test Automation Engineers, Test Managers, Web and Desktop Developers, Product Managers, Software Testers

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  • Raju Pillai
    By Raju Pillai  ~  1 year ago
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    Awesome one , Can i get more details on this 


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