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Selenium WebDriver Quick Start Guide

By : Pinakin Chaubal
Book Image

Selenium WebDriver Quick Start Guide

By: Pinakin Chaubal

Overview of this book

Selenium WebDriver is a platform-independent API for automating the testing of both browser and mobile applications. It is also a core technology in many other browser automation tools, APIs, and frameworks. This book will guide you through the WebDriver APIs that are used in automation tests. Chapter by chapter, we will construct the building blocks of a page object model framework as you learn about the required Java and Selenium methods and terminology. The book starts with an introduction to the same-origin policy, cross-site scripting dangers, and the Document Object Model (DOM). Moving ahead, we'll learn about XPath, which allows us to select items on a page, and how to design a customized XPath. After that, we will be creating singleton patterns and drivers. Then you will learn about synchronization and handling pop-up windows. You will see how to create a factory for browsers and understand command design patterns applicable to this area. At the end of the book, we tie all this together by creating a framework and implementing multi-browser testing with Selenium Grid.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Introducing Selenium WebDriver and Environment Setup

Welcome to the exciting world of test automation using Java 8 and Selenium WebDriver 3.x. Throughout this book, we will get up to speed with Selenium and its surrounding technologies. Selenium is a browser automation tool that has progressed tenfold since its initial inception. Along with tools such as AutoIt, it can be used for automating desktop applications. Selenium is getting used extensively in mobile automation nowadays. The most important point is that it is open source, has a vast developer community, and is constantly evolving. With Selenium Grid, we can simulate different browsers on a single machine.

First, we will start with understanding the basics. This chapter is a gentle introduction to Selenium, and we will be covering the following topics:

  • The need for test automation and its advantages
  • Java 8 (briefly)
  • Selenium RC
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • Various drivers in Selenium
  • Preparing for the first script