Mastering Playwright Automation with AI with Joe Colantonio

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About This Episode:

In this episode, we dive into a major shift in the automation testing world: Playwright has surpassed Cypress in weekly downloads, marking a significant milestone in its journey.

We delve into what this means for testers, offering insights into why Playwright is gaining such rapid popularity and how it compares to Cypress. We also shine a spotlight on the crucial role of the community, including a notable LinkedIn post by Filip Hric and comments from Diego Molina, which put this achievement into context with Selenium's continued dominance.

You'll discover why now is the perfect time to supercharge your web automation skills with Playwright and get a glimpse of our new course, “Automation with Playwright: Mastering Web Automation with AI.” This episode also delves into the broader implications of Playwright's rise, including potential challenges and opportunities for the testing community. Listen to the end for a sneak peek at the course content and find out how to stay ahead in the ever-evolving field of web automation.

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About Joe Colantonio

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Joe Colantonio has over 25 years of experience in software automation testing and is thefounder of Test Guild–a dedicated independent resource for actionable and real-worldtechnical advice from industry experts (blog, video tutorials, podcasts, and online conferences)to help improve your DevOps automation, performance, and security testing efforts. He is thehost ofthe longest-running podcast on automation testing. He has interviewed over 400 industryleaders and is the creator of Automation Guild, the premium, annual online event for testautomation engineers. Joe has also hosted over 500 hours of live online events for some of thebiggest companies in the software testing space. Joe's company, Test Guild, also providesservices to software companies to help them reach a community of highly engaged, growth-oriented, and ambitious audience of 40k+ software testing professionals.

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[00:00:35] Joe Colantonio Hey, it's Joe, and welcome to another episode of the Test Guild Automation podcast. Not sure if you've all heard it, but it finally happened. What? Well, Playwright has surpassed Cypress in weekly downloads. So what does it mean to you? Well, that's what this episode is going to be all about. So listen all the way to the end to find out the quickest way to get up to speed with Playwright for free. Check it out. So I first saw this on Filip Hric's LinkedIn post that got 987 likes about Playwrights surpassing Cypress, and he had a chart there in the post, had over 987 likes on it. So I figured this is something that you all would be interested in. So is this accurate? I don't know. Let me know if you're listening to the podcast at Well, let me know in the comments below if you're watching the video version of this episode. But based on GitHub stars I predicted in my New Year's Trend report in January that Playwright would eventually become the number one browser automation testing tool for this year. I think this is one key indicator that this is actually taking place. One interesting comment on Filip's LinkedIn post was from Diego Molina, who is one of the key contributors to Selenium, and it showed that Selenium Java downloads were at 98.5 million downloads in May, whereas Playwright was at around 6 million. To give you a little context. So it still has a little ways to go before it truly takes over Selenium. But anecdotally, I want to say most testers I speak to have or plan to moving to Playwright. So it's like the famous Wayne Gretzky quote, I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been. And that's why the Playwright has a lot more potential. It kind of reminds me of when WinRunner and QTP with the number one automation tool, and Selenium was just gaining popularity. No one, trust me, no one thought Selenium would ever overtake them. But eventually they did. And that is good and bad. Remember, Playwright is owned by Microsoft, the same folks that gave us Internet Explorer. So is anyone else here old enough to remember the browser wars of the 90s? If you don't, the U.S Department of Justice and 20 state attorney general has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in 1998, alleging the company's bundling of its Internet Explorer browser with windows gave it an unfair advantage over competitors. So could they essentially do this with Playwright? Playwright really gains in popularity to their competitors? I don't know. I personally don't get necessarily a lot of warm and fuzzy thinking of what Microsoft will eventually do if Playwright becomes the de facto standard. Also, once again, anecdotally, when Playwright first came out in 2020, I was able to get the program manager of Playwright at Microsoft on my podcast a few times. But since he left, I have like no contact or interaction with anyone on that team. And it's unlike Selenium and Cypress which I'm able to get information directly from either the main contributors or the creators. It feels like Playwright is a little more. It just feels a little more corporate to me, a little more like you have to go over barriers to get in contact with some of these folks, or it's more like, hey, look at me with Microsoft. I don't know, that's just my vibe. I'm getting off. It could just be me. It's not really community based as I think it's like the other tools. Like if you go to Selenium Cypress, those owners, those creators are very, very interested to speak with you to share more. But like I said, I haven't felt that I'm a Playwright yet. But maybe it's just me. But regardless of how I feel, what does it mean to you? Well, I think this is a great time now for you to increase your web automation skills with what is the hottest testing tool on the market right now. So that's why I'm really excited to announce that we just released a new free course called automation with Playwright Mastering Web Automation with AI, and this course is really going to help you stay ahead of the curve and what is in demand right now. So if you're listening, all you need to do to register is go to Or if you're watching this video on any of those platforms, all you need to do is check out that link in the comment below. What's great about this course as well it's hands on. You'll gain hands on experience with real world scenarios. That's going to allow you to apply your newfound knowledge immediately. And what's even better? I got the top experts in this field in genius to be the instructors for this course in their approach is really cool. They ditched the boring textbook lectures you may be familiar with, and built the content around automation testing for a real app called, so you can start being productive from day one. And also with all the rage around AI, they also drew in how you can leverage cutting edge AI tools like ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot to really accelerate your learning and overcome a lot of coding obstacles they see people face in the real world, and our expert instructors have over 20 years of combined experience in web automation, so they really know what they're doing. They're going to guide you every step of the way during this course. So if you're convinced. Definitely reach to now. If you're not, I'd like to give you a quick sneak peek of some of the content you would get from this course when you register now. Check it out.

[00:05:48] Igor Dorovskikh Welcome to the Automation with Playwright in this course who will master web automation faster than ever before or with the help of AI. This course was crafted by expert instructors Vasyl, Dan, and myself, bringing together over 20 years of combined experience in web automation. Just like you I struggle to start coding when I was a manual QA. Constant releases and the busiest schedule were always an obstacle. That's why we designed this course with your busy lives in mind. You've probably heard excuse like I never had a chance to try my skills on the real project, or my manager never gave me an opportunity. Well, not anymore. With the power of ChatGPT and GitHub copilot. There are no more excuses. We ditch the boring textbook lectures and build our content around a real website You'll start being productive from day number one. All the lessons are packed with the real world experience from fortune 500 companies and top tier and consulting gigs. Plus, we've got a whole team ready to support you every step on the way. Say good bye to the dupe theory classes. We are all about hands on practical results here. Instead of boring lectures, you've been diving into the automating test cases and learning programing skills. Trust me, it's way more fun than the old school approach. And the best part, this course won't cost you time. It's completely free, so there's absolutely no excuse not to kick start your automation journey right now. Ready to dive in? Let's do it together.

[00:07:37] Igor Dorovskikh Hi there, It's great to see you back. Now let's dive into what you can expect from our course. Let's get straight to the point. First, let's talk about logistics. You won't be alone on this journey for a vibrant discord community where instructors and your peers are ready to help you if you get stuck, we'll cover how to join in this module. If you ever have a trouble pulling out code, don't worry, we uploaded the completed code to the GitHub for your reference and you can find the link in the next video. Now, let's chat about the course requirements. First, no coding background is needed. This course is designed for many old QA professionals with little to no coding experience. Next, you'll set up your automation environment. It's quick and painless, we promise. Then we'll dive into the putting AI ChatGPT to work. Watch as a run your very first test and generate the code without breaking a sweat. After that, we'll tackle a real test cases with the ChatGPT team. We'll show you how it can help you effortlessly debug and improve your test. Plus, we'll share some insights or tricks to maximize your automation journey. And last but not least, setting up GitHub Copilot. This handy tool will be your sidekick as you tackle real world test cases. We'll also include some exercises for you to flex those automation muscles and solidify your skills. By the end of this course, you will have enough basic skills to practice what you've learned on your company's project. Thanks so much for your attention and see you in the next video.

[00:09:17] Joe Colantonio All right. Hopefully that convinced you to register once again. All you need to do is go to check out the link in the comment down below. If you're watching the video version.

[00:09:30] And for everything of value we covered in this episode, head on over to So that's it for this episode of the Test Guild Automation Podcast. I'm Joe, my mission is to help you succeed in creating and full stack automation awesome. As always, test everything and keep to good. Cheers!

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