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Unlocking the limitations of Selenium in Oracle Cloud Testing

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Testing teams always prefer open source and zero license cost tools like Selenium ahead of commercial automation solutions, presuming that open source test automation solutions will cost them low. Undoubtedly, Selenium is free and you can download it without paying anything. However, when it comes to test Oracle Cloud Applications, neither Selenium appears affordable nor technically fits for it.

How much does Selenium cost?

To get an answer to the following question, you need to analyse given below points.

  • The very first thing you should keep in your mind is that Selenium needs an infrastructure to operate. Organizations that think Selenium doesn’t require upfront cost should understand that they need to invest in servers, racks, etc. Since, hardware needs to be maintained, you also need to invest in resources like system admin to maintain your servers. Though, Selenium is open source, yet significant test infrastructure cost is involved with it.
  • Selenium is not a tool but a programming library which cannot be plugged to your existing ecosystem. Furthermore, you need developers to work with the scripting language to create test cases. Employing developers is a costly affair. Moreover, whenever the scripts change, Selenium tests will break. So, maintenance of tests will also cost you.
  • Selenium is non-scalable. For small web applications, Selenium is a great tool. But for big applications like ERP software, it will end up taking months.
  • Modern applications need to function well in any browser. Browser specific Selenium scripts need to be created. However, managing different combinations can prove to be costly.  

These are some points that reflect the costs associated with Selenium. Now, another question is whether Selenium is the right technology to test Oracle Cloud applications. The unique challenge related to testing of Oracle Cloud Applications is that Oracle releases quarterly/ monthly updates to improve functionality and to fix bugs. With every release, you need to test the applications and critical business processes since new releases can break your existing integration or can introduce new bugs. Since Selenium has its own limitations to test Oracle cloud, it cannot be considered as the best-fit test automation solution.

Limitations of Selenium in testing Oracle Cloud Applications

  • Oracle Cloud Applications have dynamic web elements. It means that there are no fixed attributes like ID, Name, Class, or CSS. Since Selenium uses element properties like ID, Name, CSS Selectors, etc to identify controls, it offers certain limitations when it comes to testing Oracle Cloud Applications.
  • Since Oracle Cloud Applications are highly Ajaxified and controls in these applications load independently of the page. So, handling synchronization issues with Selenium is a tough task. Furthermore, frames and iframes handling with Selenium requires high-level coding knowledge.
  • Quarterly updates in Oracle bring functional and structural changes that can break Selenium scripts. So, every time, developers need to diagnose the code and fix the test for rerun. It is time consuming as well as expensive.
  • Often, enterprises use multiple systems to operate business processes. Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications can be seamlessly integrated with third-party applications. Creating tests scripts with Selenium to test these integration points is difficult. Furthermore, maintenance of these test scripts is not easy as quarterly updates can break these.
  • When it comes to Oracle Cloud quarterly updates testing, Selenium can prove to be expensive due to high initial set up (because of technical complexity) and high maintenance (due to frequent Quarterly / monthly updates).

A better alternative

OpKey is the continuous testing platform for Oracle Cloud that accelerates test creation while making maintenance a breeze with its self-healing technology. For Oracle Cloud, the tests created in OpKey are 60% more robust as compared to selenium-based tests. OpKey perfectly addresses the limitations of Selenium in handling the dynamic elements, changing Ids, complex tables and custom controls. The tests created in OpKey are more maintainable as it uses context and metadata of Oracle Cloud.

OpKey overcomes the limitations of Selenium with respect to end-to-end integration and multi browser testing by offering 150+ OS Browser and mobile device combinations. OpKey offers support for multiple technologies including web, mobile, APIs, Desktop, Citrix, Mainframes and other legacy applications, making test automation a breeze for Oracle Cloud Applications. AI-based self-healing technology in OpKey automatically heals up the scripts for the valid change, bringing up to 90% reduction in test maintenance. Unlike Selenium, OpKey’s test infrastructure can be scaled, enabling testers to run thousands of tests parallel. Also, read our blog on OpKey vs Selenium to know how OpKey can easily fit into test automation of Oracle Cloud updates.  

With OpKey, organizations can perfectly handle Oracle Cloud updates. OpKey is the only Oracle aware test automation tool that uses Real Time Change Impact Analysis engine to identify the impacted processes within few hours of updating test scripts within 1 Day. The test scripts in OpKey updates continuously to ensure that tests are in sync with latest Oracle Cloud updates. By reducing test cycle executions to few days, OpKey makes Oracle Cloud quarterly update affordable.   


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