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Unlocking the limitations of Selenium in Oracle Cloud Testing

March 12, 2021
Dimpy Sharma

While researching test automation tools for Oracle Cloud Apps, “Selenium” comes as a top contender due to its strong technology support and availability as open-source. However, the million-dollar question, “Is Selenium the right-fit test automation tool for Oracle Cloud Apps?” To get the answer to this question, we need to analyze different aspects of Oracle Cloud Apps.

Uniqueness of Oracle Cloud Applications

  • Oracle Cloud Applications contain dynamic web elements that have no fixed attributes like ID, Name, Class, or CSS.
  • Oracle Cloud Applications are highly Ajaxified. So, controls load independently of the page.
  • Oracle Applications are database driven. It means rows and columns are created dynamically at the run-time and are based on user privileges. 
  • Oracle Cloud Apps are updated quarterly. Every time functional and technical analysis for release need to be performed to understand the impact on the environment.
  • Oracle Cloud Applications can be seamlessly integrated with third-party applications.

How does Selenium test automate applications?

Selenium uses element properties like ID, name, class, XPath, Tagname, CSS, etc to identify a control on the web page and to perform action on it. If the elements’ properties don’t change in your application, Selenium can easily identify the controls and offer stable test results.  

However, the case is different with respect to Oracle Cloud Apps

  • Since, Oracle Cloud Apps don’t have these fixed attributes, it is not possible to hard code the locator of element using Selenium.
  • Though Implicit & Explicit waits are there in the Selenium, it is really tough to automate highly ajaxified application like Oracle Cloud Apps with it. It requires expert level programming skills to do this.
  • Coding elements under frames and iframes can be possible with Selenium. However, it again requires expert level programming skills. Moreover, it will also consume lot of time.
  • Due to Oracle Cloud quarterly updates, test stability gets hurt because of dynamic elements. So, maintaining Selenium-based test scripts for Oracle Cloud Apps requires lot of effort.
  • Oracle Cloud Apps have some interfaces like Web Application, WebADI, Telnet and Intellium. These interfaces require web and desktop automation. Selenium just work with web.
  • Since Oracle Cloud Apps can be integrated seamlessly with range of third-party applications, it is really tough to perform end-to-end testing across ecosystem of apps using Selenium due to technical complexity and incompatibility with Java applet technology (Oracle forms).

Proposed solution should be

A better alternative would be a zero-code test automation platform, backed by an AI-driven change impact analysis engine and self-healing capabilities. Zero code test automation enables every team member to set up and execute test cases using a "Keyword-driven framework" and smart test recorders. AI-based change impact analysis highlights the application changes during updates while self-healing capability fixes the test scripts based on changes in dynamic elements to deliver stable test cases.

OpKey – The Right Fit Test Automation Platform for Oracle Cloud Apps

OpKey is the industry’s leading Autonomous Continuous Test Automation Platform for Oracle Cloud Apps. Leveraging intelligent pre-built test components, Risk-based Test Automation, AI-driven Impact Analysis, and autonomous self-healing capabilities, OpKey accelerates test creation 3x-5x for Oracle customers and makes maintenance a breeze. By supporting End-to-End testing across multiple technologies including API, UI, Custom & Third-party Apps, OpKey ensures that enterprise business processes are working as intended after Oracle quarterly updates. 

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Dimpy Sharma
VP of Product Solutions, Opkey
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