Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have never been a fan of open source UI test automation tools due to the annoying issues of majority of them. Most of the tools provides you with a good first user experience however fails when try to use in advanced use cases. At WSO2, we have been looking for a test automation tool during the last few years. Due to the tight release schedules, we were not able to focus much on researches.
At the end of 2008, WSO2 started to build its SOA product suite based on revolutionary Carbon platform and a new JSP based UI framework has been designed. When I got the initial builds of new WSO2 carbon products, I was curious about the possibility of automating user interface. I tried with one of the tools which we have tried once but never got a chance to continue working on. That is, Selenium! For me, it is the best open source tool I have used so far in my career.
After the releases of WSO2 carbon based products, we have started to automate UI and functional use cases using Selenium. We are making a rapid and steady progress so far with this great tool.
We use Selenium RC with Junit. All the test are written using Junit. WSO2 products are built using maven2 and eventually our test framework will be integrated to build system. We have already used maven selenium plugin and surefire plugin to integrate our tests with maven. With the power and high flexibility of Selenium we are in a good position of cross browser testing.
While automating the product UIs with selenium, we had to overcome some blocking issues but thanks for the materials available in openQA forums and some nice blogs, we were able to resolve most of them. I'd appreciate Selenium team for their great vision and innovativeness of developing such a helpful free web automation tool.