Selenium WebDriver Vs JMeter
There are number of tools that can programmatically configure and execute real-browser tests on a website, which can be automated and integrated into QA and continuous integration processes. Selenium is a web application testing system that includes sport for almost major browsers and Watir.
|The general consensus is that UI automation tools such as Selenium are not a good choice for load testing. There are a number of reasons why, but the main one is that it is a LOT slower.||You can easily spin up thousands of concurrent requests in a second in a tool like JMeter which to reproduce in Selenium would take multiples of thousands of servers all orchestrated to give you the same amount of traffic.|
|Use Selenium for your functional tests.||Use JMeter for stress tests, and measure performance.|
|To simulate 200 concurrent users for instance, you would need 200 concurrent browsers with a load testing framework based on Selenium Grid. Even if you use Firefox on Linux (so the most efficient setup) you will probably need at least 10 machines to generate that kind of load.||Quite insane when JMeter/Grinder/httperf can generate the same kind of load with a single machine.|
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