• Jyoti Gupta

Why you should integrate Jenkins and Maven with Selenium?

Automation testing has indeed taken the technological world by storm. After all, who wouldn’t love the machination that drastically reduces the chances of errors and bugs which are a nightmare for software development? Automation testing increases the depth and the scope of the test cases while permitting an innumerable number of iterations without any grimaces and sighs.


Selenium


Selenium is an open-source automation testing framework built especially for web applications. Yes, you heard it right. Selenium cannot be used to test mobile applications and desktop software. Not to worry, we have other frameworks to take care of that area.

With Selenium Framework, you can use any of the languages like Java, Python, C#, PHP, Ruby, Perl & .Net to write test scripts. Also, the tests can be carried out in all Windows, Mac, and Linux OS in any browser: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera.


Jenkins


Jenkins is an open-source automation tool built with Java to facilitate Continuous Integration (CI) with the help of plugins. CI requires the developer to integrate the changes to the main code in a shared repository frequently. The codes are checked with every sign in, allowing the team to detect problems much earlier.

Jenkins integrates the development of life-cycle processes like build, document, test, deploy, and much more. CI, when it comes to Jenkins, is achieved with the help of plugins that also assist in various stages of the process like configuration management, continuous deployment, version control, continuous monitoring, etc.


Advantages of Integrating Jenkins with Selenium


· After every addition of new codes, the source code is built and tested for possible malfunctions. This enables the developers to verify just the new set of codes, instead of reverting the entire source code to cater to the errors.

· Only thing which Jenkins asks of a developer is to commit changes to the source code, for Jenkins take action of the rest.

· Test results are readily available for the developers on the run. They don’t have to wait for long hours to get their hands on the report that clarifies how error-free their work is. It further speeds up the error correction and increases the speed of the delivery.

· Jenkins has more than 900 plugins to ease the work and the process.


Maven


Maven is an automation and development tool based on Project Object Model (POM), an XML file that contains project and configuration information such as dependencies and plugins. Built with Java, Maven can also be used to build and manage projects in other languages like C#, Ruby, Scala, etc.

It is primarily used to manage builds, documentation, dependencies, software configuration management, and distribution. Maven’s assistance endows the developers to handle all java-based projects efficiently with ease.


Advantages of Integrating Maven with Selenium


· Building a project is made easy with the inception of Maven as it cuts the redundant and unnecessary details. The standard build system also doesn’t require the developers to learn out-of-the-blue contexts to build every project; it has a clean format.

· Once the project comes out unscathed from the testing and is able to build, it can then be rebuilt on different machines.

· By default, Maven builds the modules in sequential order, but you can speed it up with the parallel building. You can also establish the speed by setting the number of threads with respect to your computing power.

· Maven allows the developers to reuse JARs and eliminates the need to work on the same things repetitively. Storehouses further allow artefact source codes to be distributed along the respective JARs to allow the developers an understanding of the underlying code.

Maven & Jenkins substantiate the utilities and effectiveness of Selenium lending their strength, without which the automation framework might feel underpowered. Although not a must for Selenium, integrating Maven and Jenkins lifts a huge weight off the chest of the developers. We have an arsenal of tools to choose from apart from Maven and Jenkins to amplify the effectiveness of testing.


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