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Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook by Unmesh Gundecha

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Synchronizing a test with an implicit wait

The Selenium WebDriver provides an implicit wait for synchronizing tests. When an implicit wait is implemented in tests, if WebDriver cannot find an element in the Document Object Model (DOM), it will wait for a defined amount of time for the element to appear in the DOM.

In other terms, an implicit wait polls the DOM for a certain amount of time when trying to find an element or elements if they are not immediately available. The default setting is 0.

Once set, the implicit wait is set for the life of the WebDriver object's instance. However, an implicit wait may slow down your tests when an application responds normally, as it will wait for each element appearing in the DOM and increase the overall execution ...

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