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    Narayan Raman - A Tale of Two Automation Tools

    45 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Selenium and Sahi started as open source tools around the same time and from the same company. Both tried to solve the problem of UI automation and both have been successful in their own ways. But the resemblance ends there. Selenium became Webdriver and became one of the most popular free tools in testing. Sahi became commercial Sahi Pro and is successfully used in various organizations to automate complex UI's spanning web, desktop and mobile applications. Right from who the user of the tool is to whether the tool should be open source or commercial, there are various philosophical, technical and commercial junctures where Selenium and Sahi have diverged. Based on our journey of over 10 years, this talk reflects on those divergent decision points, the philosophy behind those and what their outcomes have been.

1. What got you started/interested in Testing?

I am a developer. I like delivering fast. So I wrote my own tests and tools to ensure faster delivery. Right now I run my own test automation product (Sahi Pro) company.

2. What has been your best moment/highlight working with Selenium?

I don't work with Selenium. In Sahi, we chose a different path to solving UI automation.

3. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by Software Testers today?

Unnecessary emphasis and celebration of code. Many testers are just wannabe developers, which is sad. Businesses gain immensely from good QA folks. But what they get mostly in the market are inferior developers.

4. What is your advice to testers, who are new to automation?

Become a good tester first, before learning automation. Automation is a great tool for a good tester. Automation can be achieved without much programming. Don't believe what others say.

5. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

A Tale of Two Automation Tools: Selenium and Sahi started as open source tools around the same time and from the same company. Both tried to solve the problem of UI automation and both have been successful in their own ways. But the resemblance ends there. Selenium became Webdriver and became one of the most popular free tools in testing. Sahi became commercial Sahi Pro and is successfully used in various organizations to automate complex UI's spanning web, desktop and mobile applications. Right from who the user of the tool is to whether the tool should be open source or commercial, there are various philosophical, technical and commercial junctures where Selenium and Sahi have diverged. Based on our journey of over 10 years, this talk reflects on those divergent decision points, the philosophy behind those and what their outcomes have been.

6. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s)?

The talk provides alternative viewpoints on UI automation which should help testers understand the landscape, alternatives and key points when choosing tools and technologies.

7. Any personal message/remarks you want to share with the Testing community in Asia?

Testers are valuable. Don't try to be someone else. Add value to the business; don't crave for the developer's appreciation.

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