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Is the Selenium IDE mandatory when using Selenium?

ie. is it best practise to always use the firefox add on when using Selenium

Also I'm told that the firefox add on (without the server I presume) has some limitations. What are they?
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No, Selenium-IDE is most certainly not mandatory when using Selenium, nor is it even considered "best practice" to use it.

Selenium-IDE generates Seleneses commands  (click, type, select, etc.). Selenese doesn't support loops, conditionals, functions, and other features of a high-level programming language. So, if one knows how to program, it's much easier to construct tests using either the RC or WebDriver APIs, with one of the supported languages (Python, Java, C#, Ruby).

I am using RC and Python in my present job, but still use Selenium-IDE when I'm starting on a new area of the app for which I'm developing tests. IDE generates the locators (web page addresses) as part of its generation of Selenese code, so I can then copy/paste those locators into my Python/RC code. There are other tools one can use to locate locators ;-) but I find IDE a good starting place.
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Excellent, thanks. Makes perfect sense
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