Testing with Selenium WebDriver
A Blog from Mike Irving, Software Developer
By Mike Irving - Published: 8/9/2017
Recently I began looking at using Selenium WebDriver to write automated tests for Web Applications.
All sounded great in theory. I was content with using Java to write the tests, and the syntax for the Selenium functionality looked fine.
However, I found the proces of setting up a test machine somewhat clumsy, with conflicting guides.
This is how I sorted it in the end.
Download JDK (Java Development Kit)
Download an IDE
I have been using Eclipse IDE, though IntelliJ or Visual Studio would be fine.
Install it somewhere i.e. c:\eclipse (on Windows)
You want the Selenium Client Driver, for your chosen language, Java in this case.
Extract the JAR files
Put these, and the libs folder, in a folder, i.e. c:\selenium
Create a new project
Open your IDE.
Add External JARs to your project.
All from the c:\selenium folder AND the 'libs' folder.
Download the WebDriver for your browser.
This is where I slipped up for a while, wondering why it wouldn't build.
There is a driver from each browser maker, i.e. for Chrome
Download and extract the appropriate one for your platform, and put somewhere, i.e. c:\selenium\chromedriver.exe
Reference in the first line of your Java program.
Write some tests!
Need any help? Just ask.
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