Why non-selenium test automation frameworks/tools will die?

By Zhimin Zhan

There are still commercial testing tool vendors trying to get you to purchase their expensive record-n-playback tools, but in my opinion, their days are numbered, Selenium WebDriver (or equivalent) is the way to go in the domain of testing web applications. Here are some hard facts:

  • WebDriver is a W3C standard WebDriver API is a standard at W3C, the organization behind WWW.
  • Support for Cross Browser Testing

    Nowadays testing web applications on IE is not enough, as Chrome and Firefox are also the main stream browsers.

    Google and Mozilla have been supporting Selenium WebDriver for a long time, and looks like Microsoft finally on board by releasing IE WebDriver Tool for Internet Explorer 11. The chances for a proprietary testing from one commerical testing tool to get support from Mozilla, Google and Microsoftwre is very slim.

  • Support for multi-platforms

    There are increasing number of IT professionals using Mac, and some want to run tests in free OSs such as Linux.

  • Job Ads

    The demand for Selenium has already been reflect in the number of job ads. Based on Indeed's job trend, Selenium has overtaken QTP (regarded as the long-time leading automated testing tool) in 2012. Since then, the number of QTP jobs nosedived.

    The Facts: http://www.seek.com.au/

    Selenium: 169

    QTP: 43

    UFT: 8