99x Technology invests heavily in Quality Assurance, and this one of the reasons why the company has been able to carve out a name as a trusted product engineering company. The brunt of the QA work at 99x is achieved using automation, specifically protractor.
The fact that Angular and JS is taking over the web
As a technology invented and backed by Google, it was just a matter of time before AngularJS piggy backed into becoming the dominant web application technology around. Naturally, as Protractor is custom built to test angular apps, it makes sense to use it to test angular apps.
Not having to meddle around with the web drivers
Downloading the latest greatest web driver for each browser being tested and then setting up the driver in code and all the other steps that follow are pains associated with Selenium. As protractor is built as an API encapsulating selenium, it takes care of most of these pains. All you have to do is run the command to update and start the drivers and the API takes care of the rest.
Not having to meddle around browser weights(sort of!)
Unlike Selenium Protractor provides is hard-wired for implicit weights for elements, it also supports explicit waits in the way of actions and browser sleep operations.
The backing of a Healthy community
Personally, i found the protractor community to be more active compared to that of Selenium’s. Maybe this is because its relatively. As protractor is built as an Node.JS package, it benefits from the NPM community. You can easily find extensions like reporters and data providers.
I’ve put together a project that automates a set of test-cases for a banking app put up by way2automation tutorials site. The project uses most features available in protractor as well as some of the main functionality of jasmine and some of its extensions such as the html/screenshot reporter. The project embeds protractor as node module, therefore it can be executed as follows(not the project is expected to be run on windows).
npm run webdriver-update
npm run webdriver-start
npm run start