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We performed a comparison between Parasoft SOAtest and Selenium HQ based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"Good write and read files which save execution inputs and outputs and can be stored locally."

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"Selenium HQ's most valuable feature is picking up and entering values from web pages.""I like the record and playback features. We also appreciate that it's not just writing on a script that we create. While we were browsing our web application, it automatically records all the clicks and movements of points. We also appreciate the fact that it provides screenshots of everything in the output.""The most valuable features are the ability to test and debug.""The plugins, the components, and the method of the library with Selenium is very user defined.""The most valuable features of this solution are its flexibility, being open source, and it has close to no limits when it comes to integrating with any language, or browser you are using.""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.""It is a good automation tool.""It's easy for new people to get trained on this solution. If we are hiring new people, the resource pool in the market in test automation is largely around Selenium."

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"From an automation point of view, it should have better clarity and be more user friendly."

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"One limitation of Selenium is that it is purely focused on web application testing.""The installation could be simplified, it is a bit difficult to install.""For people that don't know about technology, maybe it's difficult to use.""The latest versions are often unstable.""I continuously see failures in threads when it is running in parallel.""We can only use Selenium HQ for desktop applications which would be helpful. We are only able to do online based applications.""It would be better if it accommodated non-techy end-users. I think it's still a product for developers. That's why it's not common for end-users, and especially for RPA activities or tasks. It's hard to automate tasks for end-users. If it will be easier, more user-friendly, and so on, perhaps it can be more interesting for this kind of user.""Shadow DOM could be improved and the handling of single page applications. Right now, it's a bit complicated and there are a lot of additional scripts required if you want to handle a single page application in a neat way."

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  • "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."
  • "Selenium is free software so we do not pay licensing costs."
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "It's open-source, so it's free."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:From an automation point of view, it should have better clarity and be more user friendly. Some aspects were difficult and therefore less useful for us, perhaps we lack the coding knowledge on that.
    Top Answer:We are a large company based in India. The primary use case of this solution is for our REST architecture. Parasoft uses different languages like JSON, XML and SORBS. It's like an API testing tool and… more »
    Top Answer:In general, this is a hassle free, user friendly tool and it doesn't require much knowledge if you're using the manual testing. Automated testing is also good but requires some knowledge in that… 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
    Parasoft SOAtest is widely recognized as the leading enterprise-grade solution for API testing and API integrity. Thoroughly test composite applications with robust support for REST and web services, plus an industry-leading 120+ protocols/message types.

    Selenium HQ is an umbrella project that includes a number of tools and frameworks that allow for web browser automation. In particular, Selenium offers a framework for the W3C WebDriver specification, a platform- and language-neutral coding interface that works with all of the main web browsers.

    Selenium is a toolset for automating web browsers that uses the best methods available to remotely control browser instances and simulate a user's interaction with the browser. It enables users to mimic typical end-user actions, such as typing text into forms, choosing options from drop-down menus, checking boxes, and clicking links in documents. Additionally, it offers a wide range of other controls, including mouse movement, arbitrary JavaScript execution, and much more.

    Although Selenium HQ is generally used for front-end website testing, it is also a browser user agent library. The interfaces are universal in their use, which enables composition with other libraries to serve your purpose.

    The source code for Selenium is accessible under the Apache 2.0 license. The project is made possible by volunteers who have kindly committed hundreds of hours to the development and maintenance of the code.

    Selenium HQ Tools

    These three main Selenium HQ tools have powerful capabilities:

    • WebDriver: If you are just starting out with desktop or mobile website test automation, you will be using WebDriver APIs. WebDriver controls the browser and executes tests using the automation APIs that browser vendors provide. This gives the impression that a real person is using the browser. Because WebDriver's API does not need to be compiled alongside application code, it is not intrusive. As a result, you can test the same application that you push live.

    • IDE: Develop your Selenium test cases using an IDE (integrated development environment). The most effective way to create test cases is to utilize this simple Chrome and Firefox extension. IDE uses Selenium commands that are already in use to record user activity in the browser with parameters set by the context of the element. This is an excellent approach to learning Selenium script syntax and will save you time.

    • Grid: You can run test cases on several machines and operating systems with Selenium Grid. The local end controls how the test cases are triggered, and the remote end automatically runs the test cases after they are triggered.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Selenium HQ stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its driver interface and its speed. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:


    Avijit B., an automation tester at a tech services company, writes of the solution, “The driver interface is really useful. When we implement the Selenium driver interface, we can easily navigate through all of the pages and sections of an app, including performing things like clicking, putting through SendKeys, scrolling down, tagging, and all the other actions we need to test for in an application.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a software engineer at a financial services firm, notes, “Selenium is the fastest tool compared to other competitors. It can run on any language, like Java, Python, C++, and .NET. So we can test any application on Selenium, whether it's mobile or desktop."

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    Lufthansa, Siemens, DirecTV, NZ Bank
    BrowserStack, Sauce Labs, experitest, Tricentis GmbH, SmartBear Software
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    Financial Services Firm46%
    Government15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Retailer11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Parasoft SOAtest is ranked 23rd in Functional Testing Tools with 1 review while Selenium HQ is ranked 2nd in Functional Testing Tools with 43 reviews. Parasoft SOAtest is rated 7.0, while Selenium HQ is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Parasoft SOAtest writes "Good API testing and RIT feature; clarity could be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Selenium HQ writes "Highly customizable and the best tool out there to do automated testing". Parasoft SOAtest is most compared with Postman, SonarQube, ReadyAPI Test, Coverity and Veracode, whereas Selenium HQ is most compared with Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence, Tricentis Tosca, Worksoft Certify, Micro Focus UFT One and IBM Rational Functional Tester.

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