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Folks who’ve followed me for any amount of time know the appreciation I have for Selenium WebDriver. It’s a great automation tool, and teams are doing great things with it.

That said, if you’re looking to evaluate Selenium IDE or Selenium WebDriver (please don’t conflate the two!), you must be aware of the costs when you move into either of those tools. We’ve assembled some information to help clear up some of the misconceptions and help you make an informed decision.


For more information, please have a look at our white paper Five Hidden Costs of Selenium. This lays out some specific things to look at between Selenium IDE, Selenium WebDriver, and Test Studio. Signing up to get that white paper will get you hooked up for a series of short videos elaborating on these points. As a teaser, here one on cross-browser testing.

All automation tools have a place, but make sure you understand the full picture when choosing a toolset. Hopefully the whitepaper and videos will help you make an informed decision when you’re considering either of the Selenium tools.

About the author

Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes

is a Developer Advocate at Telerik. He trends to focus on the testing domain, having learned the hard way that organzations don't succeed without figuring out how to bake quality in across the entire deilvery chain. He is co-author of "Windows Developer Power Tools" and is a founder and Past President of the CodeMash Conference. Find him as @aJimHolmes on Twitter.

About the Author

Jim Holmes

Jim is an Executive Consultant at Pillar Technology. He is also the owner of Guidepost Systems. He has been in various corners of the IT world since joining the US Air Force in 1982. He’s spent time in LAN/WAN and server management roles in addition to many years helping teams and customers deliver great systems. Jim has worked with organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies to improve their delivery processes and ship better value to their customers. When not at work you might find Jim in the kitchen with a glass of wine, playing Xbox, hiking with his family, or banished to the garage while trying to practice his guitar.

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