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Discussion on: Protractor is dead, long live Cypress! - Part 1

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StanislavKharchenko

"First, Cypress does not use WebDriver but runs its tests directly in the browser. These make the tests stable and reliable. Exactly what we wanted in the first place."

This is a bad argument. The selenium webdriver is now as w3c fully compliant standard. What will be with devtools in 2-3-4 years? What will be with cypress?
For me is to rely on stable solutions based on selenium, but non something that could die very quickly.
I can't find something that looks better in cypress in opposite to Protractor.
Regarding Angular decisions about Protractor - if you carefully read their RFC, you can find a latest comment from Angular member, that project will be continued. Sure, Angular team demonstrated instability in decisions, and I personally don't suggest to rely on it.
But I think that frameworks should raised together with w3c, and selenium is a best choice for this.

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Rainer Hahnekamp Author • Edited

Hi Stanislav,

Cypress gives you more reliable tests than Selenium. This has nothing to do with how long Selenium already exists and that it is a W3C standard. If the stability of Cypress and Selenium were on par, I would support your argument, but that's not the case.

The development for Protractor ends in December 2022. Although this seems like a long time, you have to be aware that Angular is heavily used for enterprise applications. So, for their dimensions, December 2022 is just "around the corner."

Best wishes,
Rainer