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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)

A Sample application using JQuery

In this section, we will create a very simple JQuery application that will pull data from a text file on the server. We are using Tomcat 6 as the web server. You are free to use a later version, if you wish.

Tomcat setup

Tomcat can be downloaded from Once Tomcat is downloaded, go through the following the steps:

  1. Extract the ZIP file to a convenient folder
  2. Go to the bin directory in the Tomcat installation and double-click startup.bat

A console window similar to the one shown in the following screenshot will pop up:

  1. When the text INFO: Server startup in ... ms is displayed, it means that Tomcat has started successfully. To verify the Tomcat server, simply go...