JavaScript Web Test Automation Framework Rankings in JavaScript Rising Stars

My Thoughts on the rankings between 2019–2023.

Zhimin Zhan
6 min readJan 22, 2024


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Early this morning, one mentee sent me this message.

A link to test automation framework ranking on JavaScript Rising Stars.

Compared to 2022 (last year), Cypress dropped from the 3rd to the 5th, with exactly half of the stars.

Before Playwright (the first version was released in February 2020), Puppeteer was the leader.

In 2020 (the same year Playwright was available), Playwright took the crown in Rising Stars, and kept it ever since.

What do we learn from the above data?

1. JS testers keep “trying and dumping” web test automation frameworks.

Too Many Failed JavaScript Test Automation Frameworks!

This behaviour is strange and very wrong, as our target (the web) has stayed the same since 2014 (HTML5 Release date, from a testing perspective, not much changed since HTML 4, 1998). In theory, there is no objective need for automation framework changes.

A real End-to-end Test Automation Engineer just needs to use one Web Test Automation Framework (regardless of language) to test all websites in…



Zhimin Zhan

Test automation & CT coach, author, speaker and award-winning software developer. Help teams succeed with Agile/DevOps by implementing real Continuous Testing.