September Meeting at SQGNE (online)

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Selenium, Puppeteer or Playwright: How to Choose

Speaker: Oren Rubin, CEO of

A phenomenal presentation with many keen "under-the-cover" insights about the operation of the dominant test execution automated tool and two competing alternatives.

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Puppeteer is getting a lot of buzz as a way for JS developers to create E2E/UI tests. But is it better than Selenium? Not to be outdone, Microsoft forked and released a new version of Puppeteer, called Playwright, with added capabilities. What are the distinctions and how do you choose? In this talk, we will compare those test automation platforms, demonstrating the differences. You will learn some of the key limitations and benefits of each platform to better inform your decision. You can also try the playground yourself to verify that tests will meet your needs.

About the Speaker:

Oren Rubin has over 20 years of experience in the software industry building mostly test-related products for developers at IBM, Wix, Cadence, Applitools and In addition, to being a busy entrepreneur, Oren is a community activist and co-organizer of the Selenium Israel meetup and the Israeli Google Developer Group meetup. He has taught at Technion University and mentored at the Google Launchpad Accelerator.

Meetings are held on the *THIRD* Wednesday of each month from September through June, under normal circumstances at the offices of RSA, 174 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730. We want to serve our members as best we can and intend to resume in-person meetings when the CoVid-19 danger subsides. Sorry, we haven't figured out how to distribute free Flatbread pizza through an Internet connection.

Seats are limited. Register at to receive the login link. Thanks to SQGNE Director Mike Arnold for getting us onto Zoom and running our online meetings.

Quality is everyone's job but not everyone's specialty. Whatever your role, SQGNE helps you better understand and apply software quality to improve your job and career performance. Attending monthly meetings, reading and posting on the SQGNE LinkedIn Group, and volunteering in various SQGNE capacities all contribute to your benefit. Welcome and thank you for volunteering to incoming President Darin Kalashian and Clerk Pratik Shah.

We're finalizing this season's monthly presentations schedule. Speakers with exciting important topics have been selected, and now we're resolving conflicts regarding which month they will speak. Because of uncertainty regarding in-person meetings, we'll be conducting online Zoom meetings at least through December, which gives us the opportunity to have outstanding non-local speakers like Oren Rubin. In order to present programs that help you, we need you to recommend monthly presentation topics and hopefully also speakers, including yourself.

SQGNE is initiating economical, convenient online professional training, including “A Practitioner’s Guide To Agile/Scrum Software Development” and “CSQE Exam Prep”. Contact Darin Kalashian at or for more information and to discuss additional topics.

SQGNE relies on sponsors like Checkpoint Technologies, RSA, and Flatbread Pizza of Bedford to enable us to continue our 27th season as an educational and networking forum for promoting software quality and professionals. RSA again may host in-person meetings, but we're not sure when they'll resume. Please help us identify topics, speakers, and additional sponsors. Contact Robin Goldsmith at

Please donate software/quality/testing books for upcoming raffles when live meetings resume. Thanks to member Manny Jasus for donating a bunch and to Director Bill Basinski for arranging to receive some MIT library deaccessions. We can use more, since we're essentially out of what once seemed a never-ending supply.

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