UI Unit Testing with Selenium – Part 1

So, I’m making it through the Selenium Pluralsight course slowly but surely and I’m learning quite a bit so far.

The first part covers a browser plug-in called Selenium IDE.  Available only for Firefox, it’s essentially a session recording tool,  It records what we do in the browser then parses those into commands and then can be played back to act as tests.  To take this out for a spin, I went ahead and installed the plug-in and watched the demo on the course.  Now, we’ll need to find something suitable to test it on.


There’s a SaaS platform called ServiceNow that I’ve been spending a great deal of time in this year.  Automating testing against this platform from a central host is one of my goals for this experiment.  To test this out, I’ve created a test instance of ServiceNow and a test user.  Also, I’ve installed the Selenium IDE on Firefox so that I can record my session in the platform.

My demo is basically automating a login for my test user.  First I’ll need to create a fresh test case in Selenium.


Then, I’ll record the steps to the login to get a complete test.


Then I’ll run the test and see if it logs me into the system, which it does.


This is just scratching the surface of Selenium and I have more modules in the course to cover.  Next post, I’ll have some additional content from the next module (Selenium Web Driver) and possibly a little more.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them here or address them to john@benedettitech.com.

Thanks for looking in!