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"It can support both web applications and mobile applications, and in certain cases, it can also support testing of desktop applications or software-based applications. You can write web applications, mobile applications, and software-based applications."

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"The most valuable features of Selenium HQ are it is open-source, has a good interface, and integrates well.""Selenium HQ lets you create your customized functions with whatever language you want to use, like Python, Java, .NET, etc. You can integrate with Selenium and write.""The most valuable features of Selenium HQ are it is open source and has multiple languages and browser support. It's very useful.""The stability and performance are good.""What I like about Selenium HQ is that we wrote it ourselves. I think it's perfect. It's a framework that you can use to devise your own products, which is nice.""The most valuable features are ExpectedConditions, actions, assertions, verifications, flexible rates, and third-party integrations.""I like its simplicity.""It is compatible with and supports multiple languages, such as Java and Python. It is open source, and it is widely used."

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"There are some features that Micro Focus LoadRunner provides, but they are not available in IBM Rational Performance Tester. They should include such features. It can also have more reports similar to what HP provides. It might also need some improvement in terms of the tools and support for other technology areas. Certain technologies are not supported by every tool. They need to support all sorts of technologies and platforms on which web applications and mobile applications are built. They need complete support for all sorts of technologies."

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"It takes such a long time to use this solution that it may be worth looking into other free solutions such as TestProject or Katalon Studio, or paid solutions to replace it.""Sometimes we face challenges with Selenium HQ. There are third party tools that we use, for example for reading the images, that are not easy to plug in. The third party add-ons are difficult to get good configuration and do not have good support. I would like to see better integration with other products.""For people that don't know about technology, maybe it's difficult to use.""I don't have that much experience with it, but I know that Selenium is more used for websites. It is not for testing desktop applications, which is a downside of it. It can support desktop applications more.""Selenium uses a layer-based approach that is somewhat slower than Eggplant when it comes to executing code.""For now, I guess Selenium could add some other features like object communications for easy expansion.""We use X path for our selectors, and sometimes, it is difficult to create locators for elements. It is very time-consuming because they're embedded deeply. A lot of that comes from the way that you architect your page. If devs are putting the IDs on their elements, it is great, and it allows you to get those elements super fast, but that's not necessarily the case. So, Selenium should be able to get your elements a lot quicker. Currently, it is time-consuming to get your selectors, locate your locators, and get to the elements.""We do not have enough resources or enough people to employ and hire. So, I'm hiring whoever I find, and they don't always have enough technical knowledge to operate Selenium."

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  • "It is much cheaper than Micro Focus LoadRunner. We need perpetual licenses. Support is included in the first sale. After that, you need to renew support every year."
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  • "We are satisfied with the pricing."
  • "It's an open-source tool that you can work with at any time without any cost."
  • "This is an open-source product so there is no cost other than manpower."
  • "It is all free."
  • "Selenium is an open-source solution, and It's free."
  • "Selenium is open-source."
  • "Selenium is a free tool."
  • "Selenium HQ is open source and our use of it in our company is provided for free."
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    Top Answer:It can support both web applications and mobile applications, and in certain cases, it can also support testing of desktop applications or software-based applications. You can write web applications… more »
    Top Answer:There are some features that Micro Focus LoadRunner provides, but they are not available in IBM Rational Performance Tester. They should include such features. It can also have more reports similar to… more »
    Top Answer:I strongly recommend this solution to others. They can use IBM Rational Performance Tester without any problems for their web applications, mobile application, or software-based applications. I would… more »
    Top Answer:Selenium HQ’s biggest advantage is that it is customizable. Its other most valuable feature is that the driver interface is really helpful and user-friendly; Selenium HQ makes it easy to navigate… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is very easy to implement.
    Top Answer:The solution is open-source and free to use. There are no licensing costs.
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    Overview
    IBM Rational Performance Tester is a performance testing solution that validates the scalability of web and server applications. Rational Performance Tester identifies the presence and cause of system performance bottlenecks and reduces load testing complexity.

    Selenium HQ is a suite of tools to automate web browsers across many platforms. Selenium runs in many browsers and operating systems and can be controlled by many programming languages and testing frameworks. Selenium consist of two types:

    1. Selenium WebDriver - create robust, browser-based regression automation suites & tests and scale & distribute scripts across many environments.
    2. Selenium IDE - create quick bug reproduction scripts and create scripts to aid in automation-aided exploratory testing.
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    Sample Customers
    andagon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
    BrowserStack, Sauce Labs, experitest, Tricentis GmbH, SmartBear Software
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company39%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm26%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Retailer10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise41%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    IBM Rational Performance Tester is ranked 16th in Test Management Tools with 1 review while Selenium HQ is ranked 4th in Functional Testing Tools with 33 reviews. IBM Rational Performance Tester is rated 0.0, while Selenium HQ is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM Rational Performance Tester writes "Supports web and mobile applications, very scalable, very stable, and wonderful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Selenium HQ writes "Highly customizable and the best tool out there to do automated testing". IBM Rational Performance Tester is most compared with Apache JMeter, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, IBM Rational Test Workbench, Tricentis NeoLoad and Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud, whereas Selenium HQ is most compared with Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence, Tricentis Tosca, Worksoft Certify, Appium and IBM Rational Functional Tester.

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