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Understanding Test Automation with Selenium Integration tools

As Automation testing gains popularity, more and more companies are looking forward to investing in the best test automation tools and Selenium becomes the primary choice of testers because of its numerous advantages. In this blog, let us try to understand how Selenium integration can be achieved with Continuous Integration (CI) tools like DevOps, Jenkins, Circle CI, GOCD, Travis CI, Gitlab, etc.

First and foremost, the requirements before discussing the Continuous Integration/ Continuous Development (CI/CD) pipeline, test automation is essential to a successful CI/CD pipeline. Test automation enables:

  • Easy handling of small changes,
  • Faster execution test cycles,
  • Consistently detailed dashboards with extended reports,
  • Agile frameworks, and
  • Configurations.

What is the CI/CD Concept?

CI/CD is an automated process that involves as few human interventions as possible to avoid unnecessary manual work and errors.

CI stands for Continuous Integration. Continuous integration is the process of verifying software after each code commit. As in every development cycle code and functionality intent to grow with every sprint that is taken into a newsprint cycle.

Most web applications require more and more lines of code to add new functions for users and keep up with the market and technological changes. That is why as your team grows, so do the interaction points grow between team members, clients end with reports, and less probability of errors./p>

Get a quick look at various elements of a CI/CD Pipeline

Below is an example of what a continuous flow looks like in a CI/CD pipeline:

  1. Change/update the code
  2. Initiate build
  3. Build
  4. Validate build results
  5. Automated testing
  6. Determine test results
  7. Deploy to the staging environment
  8. QA testing
  9. Deploy to production
  10. Smoke test

At a high level, you can specify >>
Build >> Test >> Releases >> Deploy

The CI/CD pipeline plays a pivotal role in ensuring a flexible development environment. Here are the two biggest CI/CD tools in the market– Jenkins and Azure DevOps

Jenkins

Jenkins is one of the most popular open-source CI solutions in the software industry. The tool requires the webserver to operate as a server-based CI application written in Java. Companies rely on Jenkins because of the software:

  • Operates on various operating systems
  • Employs a simple user-friendly interface
  • Has community-contributed plugin resource
  • Has an easy-to-use environmental configuration
  • Includes distributed builds with master-slave architecture
  • Builds schedules based on expressions
  • Incorporates Windows and shells execution commands for building steps
  • Supports notification on the build status

Azure DevOps

Azure Pipelines formerly known as Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is a Microsoft product. It is a Continuous Integration (CI) server, which automates the build and deploys process of your web applications. By running your Selenium test suite in Azure Pipelines, you also automate testing as part of the build process.

Pros

  • Repository
  • Build Pipelines
  • Release Pipelines
  • Test Plans
  • Work Items Tracking
  • Easier integration with IDE
  • Dashboard Presentation
  • Automated Scripts

Cons

  • License costs
  • Board could be more advanced
  • Merging conflicts tool

Final Thoughts

The benefits of a good CI/CD strategy are felt throughout an organization. In a competitive development environment, having the right CI/CD in place gives any company an edge.

At Beyond Key, we closely work with Microsoft Azure services and experts because the software shortens upon every sprint cycle with automated scripts, increases the visibility of executions, and submits reports via emails setup.

If you are interested in learning more about how we can help your organization with Quality assurance and automation testing services, please contact us today for a free 1-hour consultation.