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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)

Next steps

As a beginner to Selenium WebDriver, you will face many initial challenges. To overcome these, I recommend the following steps:

  1. Be up to date with the Selenium documentation.
  2. If you find the command pattern difficult to comprehend, create a simple driver script with an ActionKeyword class. Two classes should be more than enough.
  1. Fillo is a great API but still has some limitations. If your company has a database that you can use, go ahead and implement the framework in a database. This will give you more power over joins and complex queries, which can help in retrieving information.
  2. Read books on other frameworks, such as the Page Object Model.
  3. Read Selenium blogs.