September 23, 2020

5 Benefits of Cypress Automation for Web Testing

Continuous Testing

Cypress is a front-end dev friendly end-to-end testing framework for web app test automation. The framework was built by developers and is for a developer audience. While this framework is relatively new, it’s already building traction.

Complementing the leading Selenium WebDriver framework that has various language bindings and is built on a grid architecture, Cypress benefits its users in various other ways from the creation phase through the execution abilities.

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Keep reading to learn more about Cypress automation, and some of the benefits you can expect when using this framework.

5 Benefits of Cypress Automation

Selenium has long been the de facto framework for web testing. But Selenium is not your only option for web testing. Interest is growing for the emerging framework, Cypress. Here are the key benefits of using Cypress for automated web app testing.

1. Cypress Is More Universal

When compared to other automation frameworks, Cypress is more universal. That’s because it is written in Javascript and based on Mocha and Chai. It also uses Node.js when running in browsers. So, why does that matter? JavaScript is the main language used by developers to develop websites. Hence, testing is created in the same language. .

With Cypress, you can run cross-browser testing. Execute tests with Cypress on Firefox and browsers within the Chrome family, such as Edge and Electron.

2. Cypress Is Simple to Set Up

It’s easy to get started with Cypress automation for web testing. If you’ve worked with Selenium, you know that before you start testing, you need to select all the dependencies and libraries needed for that suite of tests. But you don’t have to worry about those things with Cypress. They’re already set in place, with no configuration needed.

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And unlike Selenium, where you have to download a relevant driver and set up a grid to get started testing, Cypress comes bundled with a Chrome browser, so there is no complex environment to set up. In addition, any other browser that is installed on your local machine can be used for testing with Cypress (as the below image shows).


3. Cypress Has Debugging Capabilities

You can debug your web apps from Cypress quickly and easily. When tests fail, you get suggestions for how to fix the defect. From there, you can debug directly from Chrome DevTools. Also, Cypress supports capabilities like Time Travel and real-time reload so developers can examine their website code during test execution and after.

And because Cypress has access to every object, it simplifies and streamlines error analysis. Cypress also can provide screenshots of test failures, which makes finding defects and debugging apps quick and simple.


4. Cypress Offers Fast Test Execution

Cypress is known for its speed of execution — with a response time of less than 20 MS. Cypress has automatic waiting built into the framework, which means that you don’t need to define implicit and explicit waits. The framework automatically waits for things like DOM loading, animation, elements, and more.

And the framework also automatically runs tests after completion of another. This eliminates downtime and the need to manually trigger the next test.

5. Cypress Has an Active Community

Cypress is a free and open source framework. It operates on a freemium model, where you can use the free version or paid version. The paid version includes advanced features, such as a dashboard with artifacts, such as DOM snapshots, which are helpful for debugging, as well as video storage.

Interest is growing in Cypress, and it boasts an active community on GitHub, Gitter, and StackOverflow. Plus, Cypress offers robust documentation.

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