General Software testing types such as functional testing, regression testing, and integration testing, etc., are being replaced by systematic testing programs using automation tools.
In the contemporary world, Test Automation and automation testing services is adjudged as the best way to achieve enhanced efficiency, coverage, and effectiveness of any product or software.
The Software Industry is brimming with automation tools. The interesting fact is that many organizations that use 3rd party tools to utilize open source technology of some kind (Selenium, Appium, Junit, TestNG, etc.).
In this agile world, organizations look for a tool that provides the best possible features to utilize in the software testing process.
Selenium is one which is most preferred for web Application automation because of several factors.
Now let’s analyze where the current trending tools like Protractor, Jasmine, and Ranorex fit in this Selenium dominated world of test automation. Let’s travel and explore more.
Selenium is an open-source testing tool where it is designed especially for web application automation.
The best part of Selenium is it’s compatibility with different platforms and browsers. It provides API’s to interact with different web browsers.
Selenium Webdriver bindings come with different languages such as- Java, Python, C#, etc..
Test Professionals describe Protractor as an “End-to-end test framework for Angular and AngularJS apps.”
In general, Protractor is a powerful tool for web application testing. The right mix of Selenium WebDriver, NodeJS, Cucumber Jasmine, and Mocha makes it as attractive for web automation.
Though it is intended for AngularJS applications, still it performs well with non AngularJS applications as well.
Originally it was introduced into market by Google developers and became open source in the future.
In this modern world of eCommerce days, every company is interested in making an impact online.
This has actually created a huge market for web developers in market. It’s difficult to think about the development of a contemporary single page application without involving AngularJS.
The fact is it helps developers to build best applications. Thus AngularJS is coined as the next super thing in web application development.
Protractor works in conjunction with selenium webdriver. Where it provides best automated test infrastructure that allows users to test Angular application running in a browser or mobile device.
Protractor is a wrapper around webdriver.js, with extra functionalities and features. To transact with browser, WebDriver utilizes Selenium JSON-Wire- Protocol.
To summarize Protractor provides all the capabilities of Selenium along with many other useful additions such as:
Overall, it is a perfect upgraded tool used to test Angular based Applications. There are numerous NPM packages available out there which can be embedded with framework smoothly. These packages will yield our framework even better.
Ranorex was introduced to market in 2007 with a vision for revolutionizing the automation testing process, It is a commercial GUI based test automation tool used to test desktop, web, and mobile apps.
A data-driven researcher, iDataLabs says Ranorex has close to 1.2 percent of the industry share in the automation Testing Tools category.
Ranorex is a licensed tool, but definitely it will be worth full in the long run of testing. Because of its features, it provides out of the box for automation.
While free tools such as Selenium are backed by a massive community, the Ranorex user base is smaller compared with Open Source tools.
Ranorex Studio is a very powerful tool to automate tests for web, standalone and mobile applications. Even non-programmers will be able to create tests without hurdles. To summarize:
Maintaining the quality of an application and ensuring a bug-free product is crucial for the success of any project.
In Automation testing phase, Tool selection is a vital part. Though each tool is a good player on its own ground.
But considering, project requirements such as project type (Web/Desktop/Mobile), scope of the project, existing team’s strength, tool that integrates seamlessly with their project planning & test management tools, CI/CD , reporting, easy to learn & simple to use and many more. Hence automation team can choose best tool that matches their requirement.
Overall, looking at the unique features of Protractor and Ranorex definitely, these two sets its own image in this Selenium dominated world of test automation.
By Uma Raj
By Uma Raj
By Abishek Balakumar
Balireddy works for Indium software as Test Engineer in the field of Software Test Automation. He has good knowledge in writing Selenium Automation scripts using Java and C#. And has experience working with other frameworks like Cucumber and Protractor.