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What is Selenium and what is composed of?

Selenium is a suite of tools for automated web testing.  It is composed of

  • Selenium IDE (Integrated Development Environment) :  It is a tool for recording and playing back.  It is a firefox plugin

  • WebDriver and RC:  It provide the APIs for a variety of languages like Java, .NET, PHP, etc. With most of the browsers Webdriver and RC works.

  • Grid: With the help of Grid you can distribute tests on multiple machines so that test can be run parallel which helps in cutting down the time required for running in browser test suites

What is Selenium 2.0 ?

Web testing tools Selenium RC and WebDriver are consolidated in single tool in Selenium 2.0

What is Selenium 3.0?

Selenium 3.0 is the latest version of Selenium. It has released 2 beta versions of selenium 3.0 with few of the below changes:

Here are few new features added to Selenium 3.0

Beta 1 updates Beta 2 updates (Only for Java)

  • Minimum java version is now 8+

  • System property webdriver.firefox.marionette now forces the server in marionette or legacy firefox driver mode, ignoring any related Desired Capability

  • It will support for Firefox Via Mozilla’s geckodriver

  • Grid fixes NPE’s on registration when -browser not specified

  • Support for Edge is provided by MS

  • It now supports Safari on MacOS via Apple’s own Safari driver

  • Update GeckoDriver –port argument in all bindings

How will you find an element using Selenium?

In Selenium every object or control in a web page is referred as an elements, there are different ways to find an element in a web page they are

  • ID

  • Name

  • Tag

  • Attribute

  • CSS

  • Linktext

  • PartialLink Text

  • Xpath etc

List out the test types that are supported by Selenium?

For web based application testing selenium can be used

The test types can be supported are

a) Functional

b) Regression

For post release validation with continuous integration automation tool could be used

a) Jenkins

b) Hudson

c) Quick Build

d) CruiseCont

What is assertion in Selenium and what are the types of assertion?

Assertion is used as a  verification point. It verifies that the state of the application conforms to what is expected.  The types of assertion are “assert” , “verify” and “waifFor”.

What is the use of X-path?

X-Path is used to find the WebElement in web pages. It is also useful in identifying the dynamic elements.

Explain the difference between single and double slash in X-path? Single slash ‘/ ’

  • Single slash ( / ) start selection from the document node

  • It allows you to create ‘absolute’ path expressions

Double Slash ‘// ’

  • Double slash ( // ) start selection matching anywhere in the document

  • It enables to create ‘relative’ path expressions

List out the technical challenges with Selenium?

Technical challenges with Selenium are

  • Selenium supports only web based applications

  • It does not support the Bitmap comparison

  • For any reporting related capabilities have to depend on third party tools

  • No vendor support for tool compared to commercial tools like HP UFT

  • As there is no object repository concept in Selenium, maintainability of objects becomes difficult

What is the difference between type keys and type commands ?

TypeKeys() will trigger JavaScript event in most of the cases whereas .type() won’t. Type key populates the value attribute using JavaScript whereas .typekeys() emulates like actual user typing

What is the difference between verify and assert commands?

Assert:  Assert allows to check whether an element is on the page or not. The test will stop on the step failed, if the asserted element is not available. In other words, the test will terminated at the point where check fails.

Verify: Verify command will check whether the element is on the page, if it is not then the test will carry on executing.  In verification, all the commands are going to run guaranteed even if any of test fails.

What is JUnit Annotations and what are different types of annotations which are useful ?

In JAVA a special form of syntactic meta-data can be added to Java source code, this is know as Annotations.  Variables, parameters, packages, methods and classes are annotated some of the JUnit annotations which can be useful are

  • Test

  • Before

  • After

  • Ignore

  • BeforeClass

  • AfterClass

  • RunWith

While using click command can you use screen coordinate?

To click on specific part of element, you would need to use clickAT command.  ClickAt command accepts element locator and x, y co-ordinates as arguments- clickAt (locator, cordString)

What are the advantages of Selenium?

  • It supports C#, PHP, Java, Perl, Phython

  • It supports different OS like Windows, Linux and Mac OS

  • It has got powerful methods to locate elements (Xpath, DOM , CSS)

  • It has highly developer community supported by Google

Why testers should opt for Selenium and not QTP?

Selenium is more popular than QTP as

  • Selenium is an open source whereas QTP is a commercial tool

  • Selenium is used specially for testing web based applications while QTP can be used for testing client server application also

  • Selenium supports Firefox, IE, Opera, Safari  on operating systems like Windows, Mac, linux etc. however QTP is limited to Internet Explorer on Windows.

  • Selenium supports many programming languages like Ruby, Perl, Python whereas QTP supports only VB script

What are the four parameter you have to pass in Selenium? Four parameters that

you have to pass in Selenium are

  • Host

  • Port Number

  • Browser

  • URL

What is the difference between setSpeed() and sleep() methods?

Both will delay the speed of execution.

Thread.sleep () :  It will stop the current (java) thread for the specified period of time.  Its done only once

  • It takes a single argument in integer format

Ex: thread.sleep(2000)- It will wait for 2 seconds

  • It waits only once at the command given at sleep

SetSpeed () :  For specific amount of time it will stop the execution for every selenium command.

  • It takes a single argument in integer format

Ex: selenium.setSpeed(“2000”)- It will wait for 2 seconds

  • Runs each command  after setSpeed delay by the number of milliseconds mentioned in set Speed

This command is useful for  demonstration purpose or if you are using a slow web application

What is same origin policy? How you can avoid same origin policy?

The “Same Origin Policy” is introduced for security reason, and it ensures that content of your site will never be accessible by a script from another site.  As per the policy, any code loaded within the browser can only operate within that website’s domain.

To avoid “Same Origin Policy” proxy injection method is used, in proxy injection mode the Selenium Server acts as a client configured HTTP proxy , which sits between the browser and application under test and then masks the AUT under a fictional URL

What is heightened privileges browsers?

The purpose of heightened privileges is similar to Proxy Injection, allows websites to do something that are not commonly permitted.  The key difference is that the browsers are launced in a special mode called heightened privileges.  By using these browser mode, Selenium core can open the AUT directly and also read/write its content without passing the whole AUT through the Selenium RC server.

How you can use “submit” a form using Selenium ?

You can use “submit” method on element to submit form-

element.submit () ;

Alternatively you can use click method on the element which does form submission

What are the features of TestNG and list some of the functionality in TestNG which makes it more effective?

TestNG is a testing framework based on JUnit and NUnit to simplify a broad range of testing needs, from unit testing to integration testing. And the functionality which makes it efficient testing framework are

  • Support for annotations

  • Support for data-driven testing

  • Flexible test configuration

  • Ability to re-execute failed test cases

What is the difference between Implicit wait and Explicit wait?

Implicit Wait: Sets a timeout for all successive Web Element searches. For the specified amount of time it will try looking for element again and again before throwing a NoSuchElementException.  It waits for elements to show up.

Explicit Wait :  It is a one-timer, used for a particular search.

Which attribute you should consider throughout the script in frame for “if no frame Id as well as no frame name”?

You can use…..driver.findElements(By.xpath(“//iframe”))….

This will return list of frames.

You will ned to  switch to each and every frame and search for locator which we want.

Then break the loop

What is the difference between find elements () and find element () ?

find element ():

It finds the first element within the current page using the given “locating mechanism”.  It returns a single WebElement

findElements () : Using the given “locating mechanism” find all the elements within the current page.  It returns a list of web elements.

What are the JUnits annotation linked with Selenium?

The JUnits annotation linked with Selenium are

  • @Before public void method() – It will perform the method () before each test, this method can prepare the test

  • @Test public void method() – Annotations @Test identifies that this method is a test method environment

  • @After public void method()- To execute a method before this annotation is used, test method must start with test@Before

What is Datadriven framework and Keyword driven?

Datadriven framework:  In this framework, the test data is separated and kept outside the Test Scripts, while test case logic resides in Test Scripts.  Test data is read from the external files ( Excel Files) and are loaded into the variables inside the Test Script.  Variables are used for both for input values and for verification values.

Keyworddriven framework: The keyword driven frameworks requires the development of data tables and keywords, independent of the test automation.  In a keyword driven test, the functionality of the application under test is documented in a table as well as step by step instructions for each test.

How you can login into any site if it’s showing any authentication popup for password and username?

Pass the username and password with url

  • Syntax-http://username:password@url

  • ex-

How to assert text of webpage using selenium 2.0 ?

WebElement el = driver.findElement(“ElementID”))

//get test from element and stored in text variable

String text = el.getText();

//assert text from expected

Assert.assertEquals(“Element Text”, text);

What is the difference between Borland Silk and Selenium?

                        Silk Test Tool                         Selenium Test Tool

  • Borland Silk test is not a free testing tool

  • Selenium is completely free test automation tool

  • Silk test supports only Internet Explorer and Firefox

  • Selenium supports many browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and so on

  • Silk test uses test scripting language

  • Selenium suite has the flexibility to use many languages like Java, Ruby,Perl and so on

  • Silk test can be used for client server applications

  • Selenium can be used for only web application

What is Object Repository ?

An object repository is an essential entity in any UI automations which allows a tester to store all object that will be used in the scripts in one or more centralized locations rather than scattered all over the test scripts.

How Selenium Grid works?

Selenium Grid sent the tests to the hub. These tests are redirected to Selenium Webdriver, which launch the browser and run the test.  With entire test suite, it allows for running tests in parallel.

Can we use Selenium grid for performance testing?

Yes. But not as effectively as a dedicated performance testing tool like Loadrunner.

While injecting capabilities in webdriver to perform tests on a browser which is not supported by a webdriver what is the limitation that one can come across?

Major limitation of injecting capabilities is that “findElement” command may not work as expected.

List the advantages of Webdriver over Selenium Server?

  • If you are using Selenium-WebDriver, you don’t need the Selenium Server as it is using totally different technology

  • Selenium Server provides Selenium RC functionality which is used for Selenium 1.0 backwards compatibility

  • Selenium Web driver makes direct calls to browser using each browsers native support for automation, while Selenium RC requires selenium server to inject Javascript into the browser

How you can find broken images in a page using Selenium Web driver ?

To find the broken images in a page using Selenium web driver is

  • Get Xpath and get all the links in the page using tag name

  • In the page click on each and every link

  • Look for 404/500 in the target page title

What are the capabilities of Selenium WebDriver or Selenium 2.0 ?

WebDriver should be used when requiring improvement support for

  • Handling multiple frames, pop ups , multiple browser windows and alerts

  • Page navigation and drag & drop

  • Ajax based UI elements

  • Multi browser testing including improved functionality for browser not well supported by Selenium 1.0

How you can handle colors in web driver?

To handle colors in web driver you can use

Use getCssValue(arg0) function to get the colors by sending ‘color’ string as an argument

Using web driver how you can store a value which is text box?

You can use following command to store a value which is text box using web driver

driver.findElement(“your Textbox”)).sendKeys(“your keyword”);

How you can switch between frames?

To switch between frames webdrivers [ driver.switchTo().frame() ] method takes one of the three possible arguments

  • A number:  It selects the number by its (zero-based) index

  • A number or ID: Select a frame by its name or ID

  • Previously found WebElement: Using its previously located WebElement select a frame

Mention 5 different exceptions you had in Selenium web driver?

The 5 different exceptions you had in Selenium web drivers are

  • WebDriverException

  • NoAlertPresentException

  • NoSuchWindowException

  • NoSuchElementException

  • TimeoutException

Explain using Webdriver how you can perform double click ?

You can perform double click by using

  • Syntax- Actions act = new Actions (driver);

  • act.doubleClick(webelement);


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