Most software applications nowadays are web-based - they need to work, and work well, and on different operating systems and Internet browsers. Just think - you download an app and the page is slow to load, or there are a few glitches in the app - chances are, you are quick to uninstall it and look for a faster, smoother alternative. In the face of ever increasing user demand for faster, smoother apps, the tech industry needs cutting-edge software development tools. Hence, the use of automated testing tools for software quality assurance has become vital. So, which testing automation tool will you choose for your project requirements?
In this article, let’s see how Selenium WebDriver and TestCafe measure up.
Both Selenium WebDriver and TestCafe are tools for test automation - one is open-source, while the other is licensed. Obviously, they have their own unique selling points. Selenium WebDriver has been around for a while now. It has long been tried and tested, and is considered flexible and reliable for software quality assurance testing.
Testcafe is newer. It will obviously have better features and claim to provide a smoother, faster testing experience. Let’s see what each has to offer.
So, considering what TestCafe and Selenium WebDriver have to offer, which tool would you choose for your project? TestCafe definitely seems to be more compact than Selenium WebDriver, as it creates a layer between the test code and you with its visual editor. On the other hand, Selenium WebDriver has been very popular as a testing framework until now. It has a loyal following in the testing community - even with its assorted package of plugins and other testing frameworks like Appium and TestNG.
There is the question of mobile app testing, though. As I stated above, Selenium WebDriver needs to be supported by Appium or Selendroid for mobile app testing. On the other hand, TestCafe is more than capable of providing mobile app testing support by itself - no plugins required. Still, and I am sure that you will be surprised by my observation, the fact that Selenium WebDriver is more flexible is reason enough for me to recommend it to my business manager, even for testing mobile apps. For more on Selenium WebDriver, read here.
Unified Functional Testing (UFT), earlier known as Quick Test Professional (QTP), is also a test automation tool; it supports web-based and mobile app testing. It manages exception handling using recovery scenarios, and also supports data-driven testing. However, UFT is Windows-based only and does not support all browser versions; so you might want to go with Selenium WebDriver. Besides, UFT is available commercially and every user needs a license. Using a collaborative approach aligned with the Agile methodology may prove to be costly for your enterprise.
Among these two automated testing tools, industry loyalty to Selenium WebDriver seems to be hard to shake, mainly because of its flexibility in terms of multi-language support. Still, that is no reason not to try TestCafe for your testing needs. It might be the next best thing in this fast-evolving software development industry. And if you have already tried it, I would love to read your feedback!