Selenium and JMeter framework are two unique tools with different scopes in the context of modern testing. In this blog, we will focus on the advantage and disadvantages of each of the tools and conclude which tool is best for different scenarios.
- Well Documented as well as simple to learn.
- Released as an open source with the mandatory Apache License.
- Developed for Web Application Testing.
- Developed in Java Language.
Selenium vs. JMeter – Which to choose and why | The comparison What is Selenium? Selenium is a functional and open source testing framework which is developed to automate browsers. Selenium offers varieties of facilities for web application testing beyond different platforms and browsers. It is not a single tool, but a suite of software and two essential parts of this includes Selenium IDE and Selenium Webdriver. Selenium IDE is a chrome/Firefox extension which offers a “record and replies” feature whereas WebDriver is a set of language-specific APIs for automating browsers. Most of the Selenium scripts are codes to derive maximum benefits of the WebDriver API, and this has bindings on different programming languages. Each operating system and browser couple needs an individual driver implementation. The user will be able to write in any of the supported languages to Webdriver API, and this helps in automating any supporting browsers or driver.
What is JMeter? JMeter is an open source functional and load testing tool used for different network protocols, and also runs with a graphical interface as a Java Desktop application. Few supported network protocols include FTP, JDBC Database connections, Web Services, LDAP, HTTP, Generic TCP connections, JMS and RTE. JMeter is created as an extensible and pluggable tool suite with JMeter plugins that enable advanced validation and sampling.JMeter’s functionalities are systematized in components, and each of the components belongs to the particular category which has a unique role and is used in the test script hierarchically. JMeter scripts are created in the form of a component tree in the JMeter GUI and Non-GUI Mode(in some scripts). Selenium should be used to test the application functionality as recognized by the end user and to carry out any relentless and ongoing regression testing and cross browsers.JMeter is used to add server load and check out how it scales, to check if the change has enhanced or degraded the performance of the load and more.
Regardless of your responsibilities in Test Development and Automation, both Selenium and JMeter are useful and significant tools to be used while test project analyzing and execution. So have you decided the right tool for you and make sure you choose them based on your project goals. Any other queries on the topic can be discussed below in the comment section.