University of Oulu

Benchmarking configurations for web-testing : Selenium versus Watir

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Author: Kuutila, Miikka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Pages: 66
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : M. Kuutila, 2016
Publish Date: 2016-05-25
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Mäntylä, Mika
Reviewer: Mäntylä, Mika
Raulamo-Jurvanen, Päivi
Benefits of testing automation according to current literature are reusability, repeatability and effort saved in test execution, while some of the current difficulties lie in maintainability, initial investment and test case creation. This thesis presents a brief literature review on the state of testing automation and a larger literature review on the use of Selenium and Watir in web context. Literature review on the use of Selenium and Watir contains an introduction to the history and use of the tools, as well as a look on the academic literature and blogosphere on the subject. The aim of this research is to identify differences on performance of configurations used by open source testing tools Selenium and Watir in web context. This thesis presents a quantitative controlled experiment measuring and comparing execution times, memory use and lines of code used by different testing configurations used by Selenium and Watir. Tools used are Watir and C#, Java, Python and Ruby bindings for Selenium. These tools are paired with browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera for a total of 20 benchmarked configurations. Results of this study show that by selecting efficient pieces to the configuration in the form of tools, language bindings and web browsers, increased performance can be achieved as shorter execution times, less used memory and more concise code. Even for the purposes of cross-browser testing, the selection of tool affects the performance of testing configuration.
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