What is cross-browser testing?
Cross browser testing is a critical piece of strategies to build digital confidence in your organization. Ensuring your applications looks, functions and performs exactly as intended across every browser, operating system and mobile device creates a level of certainty that allows development teams to release software faster, knowing that they aren’t sacrificing quality in the process. Additionally, a sound cross browser testing strategy can unlock new revenue opportunities for digital companies, as you are able to create more routes to market with increased coverage across different browser versions.
Popular cross-browser resources
While this all sounds great, the fact is cross browser testing is a journey for engineering organizations. It requires extensive cultural buy-in, skill sets that understand automation at scale, as well as a number of decisions around frameworks, tooling and ongoing measurement and optimization. Luckily, there are a number of free resources that share best practices in every aspect of building cross browser testing best practices. From cultural factors, to technical tutorials and demos, here is a helpful list of the best free online resources for those who want to learn more about cross browser testing:
Ministry of Test - Also known as MoT, the Ministry of Testing is a global community of quality professionals. They provide education in testing practices through articles, tutorials, podcasts and more in their famous testing Dojo. They also offer a thriving community that hosts a number of online and in person events around the world. And the best part? It’s all completely FREE!
Evil Tester - Run by testing veteran Alan Richardson, Evil Tester provides resources for those who are looking for guidance on Agile Software Testing to help development teams test and develop better. Alan has taught over 17,000 students in Selenium WebDriver, Java and technical testing, and you can find many of his popular courses, along with a library of articles and videos on best practices, in this no-frills website. Google Testing Blog - Recommended by testers and developers alike, the Google Testing Blog provides insights into how one the world’s most notable engineering organizations views testing and quality, and provides insights into the tools they are using, along with approaches and methodologies to ensure that testing is not an afterthought.
UltimateQA - Nikolay Advolodkin is a seasoned test automation expert, and his Selenium training resources on UltimateQA are second to none. Not only does he have endless amounts of original training content in the form of articles and hands-on tutorials, but he also does the difficult work of curating external content, and centralizing it in one place. Don’t spend hours trawling through Google for information on cross browser testing, when Nikolay has already done it for you!
Elemental Selenium - The granddaddy of them all! Elemental Selenium is one of the longest-standing, and most well-regarded resources on Selenium and cross browser testing. Created by Dave Haeffner, an influential figure in the world of testing, this weekly newsletter provides tips and tricks on Selenium and test automation best practices. Along with this, Dave also offers a complete Selenium Guidebook (for cost), including video walkthroughs and cheat sheets to help you on your path to using Selenium successfully.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a great start for anyone who wants to learn more about cross browser testing, and how to put it into practice in your organization.
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