The software life cycle has undergone drastic changes in the last decade. So much to an extent where the role of the tester has completely changed! With the coming in of the PDO (Product Driven Organization) structure, there are no more testers and developers but only full-stack engineers. Bottom line is testing still needs to be done.
Who does that? How does it fit in the 2-week agile sprint? Is manual testing even possible in such a short time?
To start with, the scope for manual testing has reduced. Agree to it or not. This is what happens in real-life scenarios. Since testing is still a task on our User Stories, it needs to be completed. Most teams take the help of automation tools.
Now here is the challenge, many small and even big companies are going to the open-source automation tools which give them the flexibility to customize as per their need without any investment. There are several tools available for you to choose based on the kind of application you have like a web-based app or a mobile app or a desktop software etc.
Selenium has established itself as the most popular web browser automation tool with support for most of the available browsers including Chrome, Mozilla, Opera, and Safari, etc. with equal ease and flexibility. It also supports scripting in several languages including Java, Python, and C#. This enables even developers to write create and execute automation test cases through Selenium.
This is also an open-source tool that makes it more acceptable to companies. This tool has become so popular because of the flexibility and controls it offers in execution the commands on the browser. Multiple browser support means that we can use it for cross-browser testing as well. There are several other advantages as well when it comes to Selenium.
When it comes to web automation the most commonly used browser is Chrome which is from Google. Now Puppeteer is a node.js library from Google as well, which gives you a high-level API control over Chrome and Chromium using the DevTools protocol. In simpler terms, being from the same parent gives it greater control and flexibility to work with Chrome. With Puppeteer you can take a deep dive into Chrome functionalities easily which could be a challenge when it comes to other open-source automation tools.
Hope you have got a basic understanding of these tools. Now let us see some comparative data for these 3 tools, to help you understand which one to choose for your need.
|Gives you the flexibility to work with most browsers including Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, IE, Opera, etc.||Supported by Google and hence has a maximum support for Chrome||It supports testing in Chrome and Firefox. it can be leveraged for other browsers with some challenges.|
|There are several helpful groups, communities and WhatsApp groups where you can post your questions and concerns to get solutions in quick time.||Apart from some Google groups, you would hardly find any relevant support as this tool is used by a very small testing community||The support community is limited. But you can still find some help online in forums like Quora, StackOverflow, etc. and others.|
|Compared to Puppeteer, Selenium is slower only in Chrome. But it still works at a good speed with respect to any automation tool.||Puppeteer works pretty fast compared to any other automation tool in Chrome while it provides no support to other tools||—|
Ease of Installation
|For someone who is new to tool installations, it can look a bit complex. But there are a lot of help documents and videos available to help you if you get stuck anywhere||The installation is pretty simple and can be easily done by most people. It is a single command installation from NPM||There are several steps included in the installation of chai mocha starting from Node.js and NPM. One-click setup is not available for this framework.|
|Se provides Multi-browser and multi-platform support to make things easier for you.||Does not support multi-platform testing||Supports to some extent.|
|To make it easier for people with no coding background, Se offers recording option to make using the automation tool easy.||No recording options are available||No recording options are available|
|it allows you to take and save screenshots in image format only||it allows you to save screenshots in image and pdf format||A separate package “mochawesome” needs to be installed to get the screenshots|
Let us see how the tools discussed here can help you with your testing tasks.
|Testing Type||Selenium||Puppeteer||Chai Mocha|
|GUI (Black Box)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Hope this data comparison is helpful for you to decide which one to pick up for your team and project. My suggestion, if you are dealing with only Chrome then goes for Puppeteer.
But if you want your application to run across all platforms and you want it to be tested in multiple browsers and platforms Selenium would be the right choice.
With Selenium, the coding and tool expertise required is also limited, which means you can build up your team and competency faster. So our personal choice is Selenium which offers more features and online support forums for guidance as well.
Take your pick.