Do Good Mornings… Introduce yourself. Core Contributor to the Selenium project Own .NET language bindings and IE driver Want to take just a few minutes this morning to chat with you about the Selenium open source project, and what the future holds.
Before we talk about where we’re going, it’s probably a good idea to talk about where we’ve been Selenium has a rich history.
Billions and Billions of years ago… Wait. Had a Carl Sagan moment there. Maybe that’s a little too wide-angle.
Mozilla introduces GeckoDriver as the primary method for automating Firefox Selenium 3.0 makes that the default Talk about the pain of that transition
Which leads us to where we are today
We have a spec It’s at Candidate Recommendation, one step in the W3C spec process away from Recommendation, which means it’s finalized and implementations exist Geckodriver, IE driver implement the spec (next public version will) Transition is tough because there are bugs in protocol translation Talk about 3.4 and how remote is broken (new session command payload)
If you don’t know him, this is Simon Stewart. He’s still one of the main architects of the project, and it’s leader Talk about Selenium IRC channel bot “whobrokeit” One of the reasons that we’re having some challenges is that he just got married. Like two weeks ago. So he’s on his honeymoon and a little preoccupied for a bit from Selenium work
A word about how the Selenium project releases software The project is entirely staffed with volunteers No one is paid to work on Selenium There is no huge corporate entity that employs people specifically to work on Selenium Some companies allow their employees to contribute back, but it’s not their primary role Releases happen when we have time and coordination between all of the people necessary to do so Hence the “by Christmas” story
Near term: Spec goes rec More browser vendors implement (Google, Apple, Microsoft) Selenium defaults to spec-compliant, and Selenium remote server speaks spec dialect of protocol Companion project (Appium) will want to adjust to protocol changes (spec has supported extension points) Cloud vendors will need to adjust to spec compliance, especially in the area of session creation
Things that will continue, but I have no idea what form they’ll take: Docs. Need to improve them from their current state, and to better reflect the state of the art in the industry Record/playback tool. Not a priority for anyone on the current development team. Efforts come in fits and starts (IDE summit after SeConf London, Selenium Builder) Support classes going away/moved to companion projects
The future is bright for Selenium. The project has been around for over 13 years, and is still going strong.
What’s Next For Selenium?
Lead Member of Technical Staff
What’s Next For Selenium?