In an agile business, automation is becoming an essential process. Companies are now taking advantage of automation testing tools to increase their efficiency and productivity. Automation is frequently evangelized as the cure-all of software quality woes. Some of the benefits that accrue from automated tests include test reusability, repeatability and coverage besides the savings on effort, time and cost it takes for execution (compared to manual testing). However it’s NOT the answer for everything. Test automation, while being able to improve numerous aspects of software development, has limitations that developers and quality assurance teams should be aware of from the start. Understanding these limitations of automation testing will help us devise an efficient & effective automation strategy.
Automation testing is a concept that is heavily marketed today. There has been a real convergence of tools and approaches in automation in recent years. It’s increasingly considered as integral to project delivery, rather than something that exists to cover business-as-usual regression testing after project completion. Faster releases, increased test coverage, frequent test execution, faster feedback to development team, just to name a few are being counted as some of the Test automation benefits. Automation is being portrayed as the silver-bullet in testing technology. But everything is not so ideal. Not every organization (or client) is reaping the actual benefits of Test automation. Certain Automation testing myths must be addressed in order to correctly apply it in the most effective & efficient manner. In this article we shall examine some of the most common automation testing myths and how these prevent organizations from succeeding in Test automation.
The overwhelming evolution of the software testing industry is forcing testers to continuously strive to upgrade their skills. In the last couple of years, software testers have seen the writing on the wall: as test operations grow increasingly automated, scripting skills are essential to grow your career in Software Testing. Automation testing is the new ‘necessary’ trade you at least need to know about. Software testers with manual testing skills alone won’t cut it in today’s job market. It all started with Manual Testers, but as the supply grew (it’s really crowded now) the industry needed some measure of Tester’s capability apart from Manual concepts. The easiest was of course – scripting skills – after all IT is all about that ‘lines of code’ 😉 and hence Automation Testing became the new ‘Generic’. The fact remains that automation testing continues to rise.
Every automation tool just provides a way to navigate >> identify >> perform >> repeat. So before moving further on our Selenium series, let’s look at the most common Page elements & User actions to automate.
Let’s take a simple example to understand what is Test Automation Framework. How do you think Indian Democracy, the second largest in the world, is functioning? Is it ad-hoc? Nah! There are basic processes and structures that drive Indian democracy – The constitution of India. What if Constitution wasn’t there? What if people weren’t driven by any guidelines? Yeah! Total Chaos.
Understanding the different offerings – IDE, Library, Framework, API, Software Development Kit for Custom Software Development.
“Objects” are the fundamental Building Blocks for any Test Automation & its necessary that you fully understand the concept.
How many times have we come across the same set of test cases that we need to execute again and again every test cycle? My answer would be – Every now and then. And HP’s answer to this question would be – Never, since we have UFT for Test Automation! Test Automation is a process of reducing human effort. It is a way to play-back the pre-defined set of actions and perform validations.