I am writing a s/w testing framework using ruby, it needs to be fast.
The amount taking by a browser to start, then shift control to another
component and closing is really slow, I was thinking, is there any
equivalent fast way to do the same with the same level of confidence, I
mean same level of trust/test. As i have heard/studied that the real
browser testing is must, it gives the real testing environment. please
suggest some faster way, but I dont want to negotiate in the quality of
testing as browser gives.

One more thing I would like to know, closing a browser and again
starting it for a new test is faster or using the same browser for next
test is wise? in terms of times consumption.

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