protractor vs selenium
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Protractor vs Selenium

Protractor vs Selenium

Today, Automated software testing is considered as one of the most trending term in the field of software testing, as it is considered as one of the efficient as well as effective software methodology, making the overall software development/testing life cycle better and taking it to some different level.

Protractor

  • Protractor is a test framework for Angular JS applications which uses Selenium to automate the browser behaviour .
  • If your Web application is developed using angular/react/ember js then it is wise to go with protractor. But it doesn’t mean that Selenium should not be used for js built websites. Both Selenium and Protractor are built on top of web driver but here are the factors you should consider.
  • Protracter uses JS however it communicates with Selenium using WebDriverJS
  • If your application is written using Angular, and you are writing your test execution code in JavaScript and you don’t have much experiencing automating web applications then this might be a good choice because of the default synchronisation and the documentation is based around Angular applications.
  • If you want to use the most up to date version of WebDriverJS then you have a dependency on Protractor updating to use it.
  • All angular js web apps are asynchronous in nature and that is one reason protractor which handles asynchronous calls very well is said to help you automating the application more effectively.
  • Protractor offers new locator strategies and functions that automate the testing of AngularJS applications.
  • Protractor is basically used for AngularJS applications. AngularJS applications are Web Applications which uses extended HTML’s syntax to express web application components if person has good knowledge of JavaScript and application’s front end is purely angular than protractor should be preferred.
  • Protractor is new in market and has less resources as compare to Selenium Webdriver.
  • Protractor uses Selenium to talk to browsers, even when using directConnect to avoid the need for a separate Selenium Server. So, in fact you will be using Selenium under the hood, whether or not you use Protractor “on top” of Selenium.

Selenium

  • Selenium is considered one of the best test automation framework used for testing web applications.
  • Selenium works great even if it’s angular JS website, only we have to deal with synchronization issue if you can handle then no disadvantage.
  • Selenium is very rich in automation, it is in the market for years and very much evolved and its API is almost stable. Even you can work with selenium in almost every popular language.
  • Selenium is one of the best automation tool used for testing web applications either it is Angular or non Angular. Selenium is core framework for many automation tools, Protractor is one of them. If an application has mixed front end environment i.e not purely Angular, then selenium is preferred
  • Selenium older then protractor hence you will get lots of resources to help you with selenium.
  • If your apps are not written in angular, webdriver is highly compatible with many languages.
  • Protractor uses Selenium to talk to browsers, even when using directConnect to avoid the need for a separate Selenium Server. So, in fact you will be using Selenium under the hood, whether or not you use Protractor “on top” of Selenium.
  • Selenium allows you to write your front-end test scripts in a wider variety of languages, including Java, Ruby, JavaScript, .NET and Python.

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