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March 21, 2011

Selenium 2.0b3: The Next Gen Browser Release

Filed under: Uncategorized — shs96c @ 7:22 pm GMT+0000

It’s been about 5 weeks since the release of beta 2, so we’re very pleased to announce that Selenium 2.0b3 has just been released simultaneously for Java, .Net, Ruby and Python. You can download it from Selenium HQ or from the Google Code site. This release focused on providing excellent support for the next generation of browsers, particularly IE 9 and Firefox 4, and we think you’ll like what you’ll find.

  • Restructured documentation at Selenium HQ
  • An improved user interaction API
    • Including experimental IME support on Windows.
  • Alerts and prompts handling for IE.
  • Marked the following APIs as obsolete in .Net:
    • IRenderedWebElement.Hover()
    • IOptions.Speed
  • Even more improvements to the Java webdriver-backed selenium
    • We’ll document the migration path before 2.0b4 is out!
  • A significantly faster Android Driver

As well as these changes, there’s also the regular clutch of bug fixes and tweaks. For the number crunchers, there were a total of 331 changes that landed in the 5 weeks since the last release, with the 5 most active contributors working on each of the different languages supported by Selenium.

In addition to the enormous thanks that go to the developers, I’d like to add a big thank you to the Mozilla engineers who chipped in on the IRC channel at the last minute to help us work through some issues with Core. We’d not have been able to get this release out when we did without their help. Thank you Mozilla!

The next release will be focused on stabilization work, reducing our bug count and adding support for Grid 2.0.


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  3. I am using webdriver tool for automation and browsers are IE 8 and Firefox 10.3.15. I have upgraded the webdriver from 2.0b2 to 2.0b3. The problem now I am facing is that hover method from RenderedWebElement not working in both browsers and has been removed. And by using mousemove method , IE works fine but not Firefox.
    Any suggestion would be appreciated.

    Comment by AF — March 22, 2011 @ 7:22 am GMT+0000 | Reply

  4. Well done guys!

    I will try it right now!

    Comment by martino — March 22, 2011 @ 10:48 am GMT+0000 | Reply

  5. When do you plan on providing an updated IDE for Firefox 4?

    Comment by D F — March 22, 2011 @ 7:34 pm GMT+0000 | Reply

    • As soon as possible. The maintainer is currently on the road, but once he’s back I’m sure a release will be following shortly after.

      Comment by shs96c — March 24, 2011 @ 3:07 pm GMT+0000 | Reply

  6. What’s happening on the Perl side of selenium? It’s been included in the IDE for quite sometime and the test library Test::WWW::Selenium is typically kept up to date. Is there something lacking? Is there anything individuals can do to ensure Perl gets support in future versions of Selenium? How can I or others help?

    Comment by Casey — March 23, 2011 @ 2:48 am GMT+0000 | Reply

  7. Could you provide detail on ‘Grid 2.0’? We’ve actually had to replace grid with a custom built client/server application to manage load and other issues. I’d be interested to see its planned features, possibly give feedback?

    Comment by Chris Trimper — March 24, 2011 @ 2:50 am GMT+0000 | Reply

  8. Hmmmm, appears to show 2.0b2 as the latest Java client drivers, and Server shows as 2.0b1 (although the download file is named 2.0b2).

    Comment by Mark — March 24, 2011 @ 3:03 pm GMT+0000 | Reply

  9. Hello,

    will Selenium 2 support the Record and playback tests for IE?

    Comment by Alexander Fedtke — April 4, 2011 @ 2:28 pm GMT+0000 | Reply

    • The current IDE is implemented as a Firefox extension, and these cannot be used with IE.

      Comment by shs96c — June 1, 2011 @ 5:11 pm GMT+0000 | Reply

  10. Still can’t handle basic authentication with the Beta 3 version with Firefox 3.6.13 on Windows OS.

    Using the following
    FirefoxProfile profile = new FirefoxProfile();
    profile.setPreference(“network.http.phishy-userpass-length”, 255);
    driver = new FirefoxDriver(profile);

    I am still getting an “Authentication Required” dialog window.

    Is there a better way to solve this.

    Thanks for any hints!

    Comment by Willie — May 4, 2011 @ 3:28 pm GMT+0000 | Reply

  11. Do you still on the way to update the IDE to support FF4? JAVA formatter cannot be installed to FF5 because of the compatibility.

    Comment by doss — May 19, 2011 @ 7:50 am GMT+0000 | Reply

  12. selenium-server-standalone-2.0b3.jar is not getting extracted and showing
    > version.txt is already existed twice in the jar file with 104bytes & 20bytes
    > selenium-server-standalone-2.0b3.jar: Cannot create license for the following files while extracting
    and saying “The system cannot find the path specified.”

    Comment by Sridhar — June 1, 2011 @ 8:54 am GMT+0000 | Reply

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