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Enabling reliable end-to-end testing for enterprise Web Apps using Playwright

Introduction:

End-to-end testing is a process used to test an application’s behaviour on different platforms and browsers. End-to-end testing helps ensure that an application works as expected across all platforms, browsers, and devices. It can also be used to validate changes made during development so that they’re not lost during deployment.

Introduction to end-to-end test automation

End-to-end testing is the process of testing a Web App from start to finish. It involves running all the code, in order, and making sure that it works as expected across different browsers, platforms and devices.

Cross browser testing ensures that your app works on all browsers without any errors or issues. This includes mobile devices like smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers with different operating systems (OS).

End-to-end tests require you to write code for every device and OS that your users will use when they access your site or app online. This can be difficult because it involves coding each test separately depending on which platform/device you want to test against; however with Playwright we’re able to automate these tasks so they are done automatically!

Challenges with existing solutions

  • The current testing solutions available to enterprises are not flexible enough to support the needs of today’s enterprise web apps. They’re too rigid and inflexible, making it difficult for teams to implement them in a way that works best for their particular project.
  • These existing solutions aren’t easy to use or understand: they require multiple tools, which can be confusing and time-consuming. That makes them hard for nontechnical users like business analysts or product managers who need access immediately after launch—they’ll have no idea how much time has passed since then before getting started on something else!
  • Existing solutions aren’t cost effective: if you’re paying $100-$200 per test run with no guarantee that it will pass all tests successfully every time (and there is), then why do something so inefficient? Plus there are other costs associated with implementation such as maintenance costs down the road when things go wrong due solely because of poor testing practices by developers instead of any technical issues along those lines.”

 Playwright for enterprise web apps

Playwright is a browser test automation framework that enables developers to write tests for web applications. Playwright supports cross browser testing and can run tests in multiple browsers and platforms.

Playwright is built on top of Selenium Webdriver, which makes it easy to write automated tests for your app or other web application.

Benefits of Playwright for enterprise Web Apps

Playwright is an easy to use, cloud-based solution that allows you to test your enterprise web applications from a single product. You can use it for all types of testing: functional, performance and security testing.

Playwright has the following features:

  • Single platform – The Playwright platform is the only one you need to deploy on any environment (Dev/Test/Prod). This means that you don’t have to worry about different tools or platforms for each stage in your project lifecycle. All tests are executed in parallel so there are no bottlenecks caused by slow running tests as they run on separate instances of Amazon Web Services.
  • Flexible license terms – Our licensing model allows companies with varying budgets and needs access to our premium features at different price points based on their level of investment into quality assurance efforts.
  • Access via DevOps toolsets such as Chef or Ansible – Make sure all your developers have access without managing servers yourself!

Is Playwright right for your enterprise Web App?

Playwright is a solution for end-to-end testing of enterprise web applications. It supports all browsers and platforms, including Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox 5+, Chrome 29+, Safari 6+.

Playwright is easy to get started with because it provides you with everything you need to write your first test in minutes:

  • A fast and intuitive API for creating tests (no guesswork!)
  • A toolset that makes it easy to run your tests on real devices or emulators
  • A library of functionalities that can be used by developers without having any programming experience

The evolution of web applications

Web applications have evolved from simple static websites to complex, dynamic applications that are used by millions of people. The evolution of web applications has been led by the introduction of new technologies like AJAX and HTML5.

The changes in these technologies have created an environment where it is now possible for developers to build rich user experiences using client-side frameworks like AngularJS or ReactJS. These frameworks allow you to write code once but run it on multiple browsers at once!

Web applications today are much more powerful than ever before.

Before you can start building your next web app, you need to understand how the end-to-end testing process works.

Web applications today are much more complex than ever before. They’re also much more powerful and interactive than they were even a few years ago—and they’re getting even better at handling large amounts of data and responding quickly to user requests. This makes it difficult for developers and testers alike to determine whether their apps are working correctly across various devices and browsers (or even multiple versions).

End-to-end testing is essential for these apps to ensure that they work as expected across all browsers on every platform.

End-to-end testing ensures that the application works as expected across all browsers on every platform.

Need for cross browser support for testing and development

We need cross browser support for testing and development. Most developers use multiple browsers to test their applications, but end users also use different browsers depending on what device they’re using (e.g., desktop vs mobile). Also, some browsers are more popular than others in some regions or countries.

There are many factors that can affect whether a browser has good support for features like HTML5 or CSS3:

  • Popularity of the platform as measured by market share or usage on devices;
  • The level of support from vendors like Microsoft, Apple and Google;
  • Whether the vendor provides proprietary extensions for web standards such as Safari’s built-in WebKit engine which adds features not found in other browsers

As the complexity of web applications increases so does the need for end-to-end testing.

End-to-end testing is essential for these apps to ensure that they work as expected across all browsers on every platform. Cross browser support for testing and development is also a big challenge, especially when it comes to testing mobile apps which are not supported by all browsers out there. Testing should be an integral part of your development process; it’s crucial because you can’t know if your app will work correctly until you actually try it on different devices or operating systems!

Comparison: Selenium vs Playwright

Sr. #FeaturesSeleniumPlaywright
1Prerequisitesselenium server or Client Language Bindings and browser drivers NodeJS
2Languages supportedPython, Java, JavaScript, C#, Ruby, and PhpJavaScript, TypeScript, Java, Python, and .NET
3LocatorsId, Name, Class, Link Text, Partial link text, Xpath, and CSSLocator API like page.getByText(), page.getByLabel(), page.getByTitle()
4Test Runner Selenium IDE is used to create tests and Selenium Command Line Runner or Selenium SIDE runner for running the testOwn test runner and third party test runner like Jest-playwright, AVA, Mocha, etc.
5Assrtionsbuilt-in assert keywordJEST, expect library
6Test Reportingthird-party extensions like TestNG reporter, Allure reporter, etc. built-in reporters
7WaitImplicitly wait and explicitly waitbuilt-in auto-wait strategy
8Ease of InstallationEasy to installEasy to install
9Operating Systems SupportedWindows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OSWindows, Linux and Mac OS
10Visual Testing external tools or libraries like Java imageIO, aShot, Applitools EyesPlaywright Test auto-detects the content type and uses the appropriate comparison algorithm.
11LicencingOpen Source and FreeOpen Source and Free
12API Automationlibraries and respective classes in-built API support
13Community SupportSelenium community and many self-support documentscommunity support and documentation are limited
14Browser SupportedChromium, Firefox ,IE ,Edge ,Opera ,Safari and MoreChromium, Firefox  and  WebKit
15Real Device SupportSupport  real device clouds and remote serversDoes not Support  real devices but supports emulators

Conclusion

End-to-end testing is the process of testing a Web App from start to finish. It is important to  test your application on different browsers and platforms to ensure that it functions properly in all the environments where it will be used.

Playwright supports for browser automation and React-Native, as well as its ability to run all tests in parallel across multiple browsers makes it an ideal choice for modern Web Apps.

If you’re interested in learning more about Playwright’s capabilities for enterprise Web Apps, check out the  documentation for Playwright Enterprise Edition at  https://playwright.dev/

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