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From Brent Atkinson <>
Subject Re: Migrating selenium web tests to web driver from remote control
Date Tue, 20 May 2014 14:09:52 GMT
Thanks Brett,

I tried a number of versions myself and found similar results. I didn't
realize that the RC and WebDriver APIs were going through the same code. My
understanding after reading through the documentation was that RC and
WebDriver were completely different implementations: RC using Selenium Core
and the WebDriver implementations using native browser integration. I
thought that was the reason you didn't need selenium server with WebDriver
unless you use the RemoteDriver to proxy. Given that they are just
alternative APIs, I don't understand why people would choose to use the
alternative back-ends.

I agree that if this isn't likely to solve anything, the effort involved in
transitioning doesn't make much sense.


On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM, Brett Porter <> wrote:

> Hi Brent,
> I just tried the latest version (Selenium 2.41.0, with Firefox 29.0.1),
> and the "Invalid Element" error has gone away, though it now appears to be
> getting stuck waiting for an element in the delete build result test. I'll
> take another look, but I'll commit it in case you have a chance to look too.
> The RC code is still using webdriver under the covers, so I don't think
> changing the API is going to help with that specific issue (but I could be
> wrong!).
> Changing the API used and giving them a decent clean up would certainly be
> beneficial, though I think you'd find the other things you're discussing
> more beneficial. Personally, I've used other tools that front-end Selenium
> as well as things like PhantomJS to write web tests recently.
> - Brett
> On 18 May 2014, at 2:37 am, Brent Atkinson <>
> wrote:
> > While trying to work on some issues and experiment, I noticed that the
> web
> > tests no longer work on recent versions of firefox (as you noted in the
> > readme Brett). It seems like there are some incompatibilities between
> > firefox 18+ and recent versions of selenium.
> >
> > I was able to run the suite successfully by downgrading to firefox 17.
> > However, it appears from the changelog that recent versions of selenium
> > should be supported:
> >
> >
> >
> > Since remote control is deprecated, I am wondering if it might make sense
> > to try and migrate the web tests to web driver.
> >
> > One thing I noted is that supporting tests for multiple browsers appears
> to
> > be a bit more difficult with web driver vs remote control (since it used
> > injected JavaScript). At present, how many browsers are we typically
> > running the tests for?
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> > Brent

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