What is GEB-Groover Browser Functional Testing?

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GEBIf we really look at the functional testing audiences,
we can see the major stake holders are
Top level Management.
Development Team
QA Team itself 
Automation Team

With first development model like agile,it is always seen
that QA team takes additional responsibilities and
automate few flows. Again developers do xUnit testing
to test their features. Now there is one more sub group
 of QA or development named as Automation Test
Engineers, they do automate,flows given by QA.
With traditional Waterfall model it is ok to have N
number of

developers,M number of Test engineers. But in agile mode it is always good to have N+M testers. What I mean is it is not a good idea to duplicate efforts. Rather It is best to have a common platform for developers and QA engineers to share the testing tool,language so that asset and efforts are not duplicated.
Now coming back to the test audiences, the very first level like Top level management,they hardly get 

  • Time to read the test code
  • Go through Individual test
  • Chance to dig into detailed statistics
  • Latest update

Again the Second level –Managers hardly get

  • Chance to look into individual test cases
  • Go through the test code

They mostly want to get information about Milestone,Dates,Pending,Backlogs,Reports and a bit detailed statistics.
Next comes the developers, They always look for the tests available around them. [Mostly automated].They try to run the automatic test code against their build and checks the hygiene of the build.Most interested to learn the test failures[When,Why,How,Which environment].For them tests should be unit and self explanatory. If tests are not available they try to create XUnit tests for their feature and test.
QA Team is most likely to drill down the failures testcases after developers have delivered the feature. Most of the cases,QA creates test data,learns the system,tries to crack the code in different environments.
Now comes the automation team,they are here to support QA, They create tests which are reproducible.They make sure that tests run smoothly in unattained mode in a neutral system.For that they try to find out the perfect tool.It can be of free or licensed.They create small code that has come unique goal with setup and Tear down method. Update the testcase periodically.
With so much of activities going on in all these areas, We need a common system that can reduce the effort duplication.Here is answer for such issues.
GEB is perfect browser automation tool written in Groovy language.Due to its expressiveness and dynamic nature, test developers need to code less.It follows Write less and get more approach. Since It is easy pluggable with webDriver, It supports the Cross Browser testing.

GEB Spock
GEB Features:

  • InBuilt DSLs,They are pretty simple keywords
  • Supports out of the box Page Object pattern
  • Easy integration with Spock,JUnit or Test NG framework
  • Wait Clause for Search Pattern
  • Easy Integration with Gradel or Maven like build tool
  • Under laying language is Groovy so less code to develop testcase.
  • Since the test is built on Java and Groovy, we will have complete command on it.
  • With Webdriver, it supports cross browser Testing.
  • JQuery Like APIs and supports data parameterization
  • Easy Search Pattern
  • Simple Four Phase test architecture
  • supports Mocking and stubbing

Browsers and Platform Supported:

  • Internet Explorer.
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Opera
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Blackberry
  • Windows
  • Phantom JS(ghost Driver)


  • Best solution for for browsers
  • Very active development
  • Stable APIs
  • Clean Test code
  • Smaller in nature
  • Easy configuration.


  • No proper IDE
  • Mostly trial and error method for CSS locator selector
  • Need extensive debugging and evaluation of expression.
  • Mostly verbose
  • Not a complete test solution

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