Selenium C# Tutorial: Introduction

Posted by Himanshu Sheth | May 19, 2020
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Selenium Csharp Tutorial Introduction

As per, Stack Overflow Annual Developer Survey 2019, C# is one of the most loved programming languages with 67% and is also deemed to be one of the most popular languages with 31% votes from all the respondents.

Another detailed survey State of Testing Report 2020, mentioned that around 75% of the testers spend their time on testing web applications. It is only natural to rely on test automation frameworks such as Selenium to reduce the overall turn around time for test cycles.

Selenium is an open-source test automation framework that is widely used for automated browser testing. Selenium offers compatibility with almost every programming language. This makes it a great fit for C# fans as they can automate their cross browser testing efforts using Selenium with C#. This is why I have come up with a Selenium C# tutorial series to help you go from a beginner to a Selenium automation expert.

If you already know how awesome C# is as a programming language then you can scroll to the bottom and kick start your Selenium C# tutorial. However, if you’re wondering whether you should be transit to C# for test automation then let me make that clear for you.

What Makes C# A Great Choice For Test Automation?

C# is a programming language that is widely used for both development and testing purposes. C# was developed by Microsoft and is based on the .NET framework. Currently, the latest version of C# being used is 8.0. Here are a few reasons to choose C# for Selenium Test Automation.

C# Is Object-Oriented Programming Language

Being object-oriented language is one of the reasons why C# behind the great adoption of C#. It allows access to standard OOPS features like encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance.

C# Can Be Used To Test On Multiple OS

Apart from the development of web, desktop & mobile apps, C# is also widely used for test automation with the various testing frameworks it provides. With C# programming language you can perform tests on web applications based on Windows, Android and iOS platforms.

Increasing Popularity For Selenium Test Automation

C# is gradually getting more traction for being used as a programming language for Selenium test automation. With its compatibility with Selenium WebDriver, a lot of automation testers rely on it for performing automated browser testing.

Visual Studio Makes It Easier To Write Tests

C# is being widely used as a language for Selenium Test Automation because you can easily write your test scripts with the help of Visual Studio, which offers access to features like, IntelliSense, debugging, basic refactors, etc. Visual Studio IDE gives a faster development and debugging, ultimately giving a boost to the go-to-market launch of your web application.

Page Object Model Makes It Easier To Maintain Code

By using the POM Design pattern along with Selenium C# test scripts, testers can make the maintenance of the test scripts more efficient.

Numerous Automation Frameworks Are Available Of Selenium C#

With Selenium C#, there is a wide variety of automation frameworks that can be used for automated browser testing. Each framework has its own advantages and disadvantages, they are chosen on the basis of their requirement, compatibility and the kind of solution they’d prefer. These are the most popular Selenium C# frameworks used for test automation.

  • NUnit
  • XUnit
  • Gauge
  • MSTest
  • SpecFlow

In order to know more about Selenium C# testing frameworks, you can visit our article on the topic:

Top Selenium C# Frameworks For Automation Testing In 2020

Selenium C# Tutorials With Examples

This Is The End Of Beginning!

This wraps up the overview to Selenium C# tutorial and brings us to the end of the beginning of your automation journey(I love to sound dramatic! 😜). Anyways, these tutorials will help you become a great test automation expert so you could automate browser testing in a jiffy. From setting up Visual Studio to running scripts for handling frames, alerts, windows, and more, we’ve got it all. I will see you in the next tutorial of this Selenium C# tutorial series where we’ll set up Selenium in Visual Studio. Let’s Automate!!!

Written by Himanshu Sheth

With 7+ years of experience in test automation, BDD, TDD, Himanshu Sheth work as an automation engineer with LambdaTest. He is also an avid blogger.

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