Evolution in automation didn’t start just few years ago.
It’s been around for decades and here’s a crude synopsis:
> 1980’s: computers found their way into businesses.
> 1985: First wave of automation tools started.
> 1990’s – Advent of GUI bases OS like Windows 3.0, UI based automation tools start to pop up.
> 1995 onwards: In the race to dominate the UI automation market, eventually WinRunner dominated.
> Around 2000: New technologies like Java jump in; web takes off. New paradigm shift, from desktop to web.
> Around 2004: First version of Selenium RC introduced.
> Around 2005: WinRunner becomes QTP after the acquisition by HP.
> Web has built a lot of momentum, big push to support web UI automation started.
> 2007: Selenium Webdriver’s first version launched.
> 2007 – 2008: iOS v1.0.x released, Android v1.0 released, Mobile is born.
> 2008: Cucumber is introduced.
> 2009: Mike Cohn introduces the Automation Pyramid.
> 2014: Appium v1.0 is launched.
> Meanwhile mobile has taken off, cloud computing is picking momentum and CI/CD is spreading in the backdrop.
> 2016: Jenkins 2.0 released.
> 2018: Docker CE is launched.
* Dates are BALLPARK VALUES, just to give a crude timeline
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