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Re: [ljc] Web Selenium

From: Gareth W.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:22 AM

SauceLabs has a nice little CSS selector reference card:


On 04/07/12 12:19, Alan Parkinson wrote:
I would be careful using HTMLUnit or HtmlUnitDriver when Javascript is involved. HTMLUnit uses the Rhino JavaScript engine and no major Web Browser uses it.

If your going to learn Selenium I would focus on the learning the WebDriver API (Selenium 2.0+) as this is where all the development effort is going within the project.

I would recommend avoiding xpath where possible for finding "elements" within a web page for two reasons:
 1) xpath lookup performance using IE is very very bad
 2) xpath lookups can be very brittle, just adding a single additional html element to page can often be enough to the stop the xpath lookup

Looking at the Groupon page they use a good amount of element id's and CSS classes within their HTML, so using CSS selectors to find elements should work well.

One tip I always give people new to Selenium is to learn about the page object pattern It saves you a lot of pain in the long run when you have to maintain a suite of tests



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