An increasing number of enterprises are moving to Selenium for their GUI automation. The focus for most teams is the creation and authoring of automated tests. When automation projects become difficult to maintain or fail all together, people often point the finger to “Selenium”. From experience, Selenium is usually not the problem in getting an enterprise grade test automation solution off the ground.

When looking deeper, the absence of basic software development approaches / best practices and the lack of a solid approach to building / buying and managing the cross browser test execution infrastructure are the main reasons for failure.

This talk showcases:

  • Practical examples of how test automation with Selenium is a software development and infrastructure project, which needs to be treated and staffed as such.
  • The major pitfalls, which can prevent teams from building a scalable and reliable automation solution with the Selenium tool family.
  • How to apply patterns and approaches in making test automation with Selenium a full success.
 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction and definition of the problem space
  • Examples of approaches which often lead to failure down the road
  • Solutions to poor approaches or how failures can be avoided all together
  • Summary

Learning Outcome

The main takeaway from the session is that a Selenium automation project should be treated and staffed as a software project. Participants will learn what to consider and watch out for when building an automation solution with Selenium.

Those topics include:

  • Working with developers to build easy to automate applications
  • Running tests in parallel and the impact on your test (and framework ) design
  • Reduction of maintenance by using Page Objects and good locators
  • Test data: production data, anonymized data or synthetic data. Creation of test data on demand and for each test
  • Deciding on a Selenium browser execution infrastructure (homegrown, cloud, on-premises etc.)
  • Selection of test frameworks and using their built-in features
  • Setting up your tests for cross browser capabilities right from the start
  • Wrapping (or not) of the Selenium API
  • Reporting
  • CI integration
  • What not to automate with Selenium

Target Audience

Architects, Developers, Test Engineers

Prerequisites for Attendees

  • Basic software development skills
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