Automated Testing for Web Applications
AscentialTest provides automated testing support for web-based applications running on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chromium and Electron, along with broad support for popular web technologies.
Unlike other testing solutions, AscentialTest does not rely on xPath to locate objects. We’ve developed a much more powerful object recognition engine that ignores the html hierarchy. As a result, objects are consistently recognized as the target application is modified over time regardless of changes to the object hierarchy or dynamically generated IDs.
AscentialTest provides built-in synchronization so that you don’t have to worry about whether the browser is in a loading or ready state, but if you want to wait for an object to appear or disappear, we’ve got that covered too with easy to use drag and drop synchronization actions.
AscentialTest also includes built-in support for unexpected popups and drag and drop validations for an array of attributes.
All tests are cross-browser. No adjustments are needed to successfully execute tests across all supported browsers. Just pick any browser, build your tests and then run them against the other browsers.
Web Table Recognition Wizard
AscentialTest provides a table recognition wizard to help users define web tables by drag and drop.
The table, row class and all of the columns that contain the table objects are automatically defined.
Web Table Support:
AscentialTest provides a special feature called a ‘selector’, which makes it easy to locate a row in a table based on a target value. In the example to the right, the selector ‘SelectByFrom’ has located the fifth row in the table because it contains the test value ‘Seshi Reddy’
Selectors make it easy to get and set values to table objects. The ‘Test Value’ field provides a way for the user to test the selector and ensure that it has been correctly defined. Selectors are used in automated tests to set and get values from application objects. The example below shows two test actions. The first checks the ‘Msgid’ checkbox in the row that has been identified with the selector value ‘Reddy’.
The second action gets the value of the ‘Subject’ field in the row that has been identified with the selector value ‘Reddy’. Selectors make it easy to interact with objects contained in a complex object like a table or grid.
AscentialTest vs Selenium Comparison
There is no denying that Selenium is widely used for testing web-based applications, at least in part because it is open source. While the set of tools that comprise Selenium are free of charge, it is debated just as widely whether or not ‘free’ is really ‘free’. Consider that in any test automation project, the fee for the tool is only a small part of the overall budget when compared with the cost of building the tests. So if you pay $10,000.00 for a testing tool and $100,000.00 in labor costs, have you saved money for your organization by selecting an open source tool, when it costs many times more to build and maintain the tests?
Because Selenium is open source, supporters tend to focus on the highlights and overlook the limitations. No where will you read that Selenium is an awesome testing tool. You won’t read that it is easy to use or that the tests are easy to maintain. If there were a charge for Selenium, it is unlikely that it would be selected at all when compared to tools like AscentialTest that have been designed to promote productivity and provide a substantial return on investment in the first year of usage.
Here are some of the factors that we would like for you to consider when choosing between an open-source tool like Selenium and a for-fee tool like AscentialTest: