Top-5 Selenium alternatives in 2018

Is there even such a thing as a real Selenium alternative? Ask any tester to recommend one, and with a 99% probability, they’ll name a tool based on Selenium WebDriver. Besides, how many companies using real Selenium WebDriver alternatives can you name? Something tells me the answer is zero.

That said, there’s whole bunch of higher-level WebDriver-based tools that do the job better than Selenium. Available as frameworks, desktop tool, and web platforms, these Selenium competitors address various issues of coding straight to the WebDriver API. And let’s face it, there are quite a few issues. In my experience, the following 5 pain points are near deal-breakers for automation with Selenium.

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AI in software testing

The advent of AI in software testing is imminent. When asked what part of software delivery cycle needs AI the most, most people name software testing. Mainstream media like Forbes herald the future of AI-driven testing. What’s more, associations like AISTA emerge to advance AI in testing automation.

So is it time to panic?:) Are testers going to lose their jobs soon? My guess is there’s still plenty time before Skynet takes over…

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Manual vs automation testing of the UI

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Speaking of manual vs automation testing, which one do you prioritize on the GUI level? Most teams that I’ve seen want automation but start with manual testing in the early stages of product development. Later on, they add the automation of UI/UX happy paths with Selenium, Protractor, or other frameworks, gradually reducing the number of manual tests.

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UI testing automation tools and frameworks

When it comes to UI testing automation tools, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Test automation frameworks, desktop applications, cloud-based platforms — the range of available solutions is broad, to say the least. But which one is right for your application?

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9 regression testing tools for web automation

What regression testing tools will you actually want to use in your future projects? I bet Selenium will remain a go-to solution for many, even though the framework will celebrate its 14th birthday this year. But does this make it the right choice for test automation in 2018? In my opinion, it’s not necessarily the case.

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User acceptance testing (UAT) automation

User acceptance testing is your last line of defence before each release, which sounds like a good reason to take UAT seriously. But is this reason good enough to warrant investing time and effort into UAT automation?

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9 automation testing tools to consider for web applications in 2018

The year 2017 saw an impressive number of important events as far as UI automation testing tools go.

In 2017, we witnessed the end of developer support for Selenium IDE and PhantomJS. We’ve also had a full year to evaluate how the 2016’s acquisition by Micro Focus has influenced UFT. Finally, the releases of Angular 5 and React Fiber have introduced new challenges for QAs, making GUI testing tools even more relevant.

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