The goal of every IT organization is to deliver a quality software to their clientele, and to complement their goal they give the highest priority to Software Testing. Automation testing acts as an accelerator to their time to market by saving time and effort, and manual testing will remain as the core for quality software delivery. In today’s changing technology landscape, Manual testers are being pushed to learn automation skills. But how? How to empower Manual Testers to do Automation Testing?
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.
How does automation script identify different elements on an application page? We call it Element Locators in Selenium Webdriver – The Eyes (Senses)!
Let’s learn how a webpage is rendered in a browser OR the HTML coding basics OR how can Selenium identify the elements on a webpage, uniquely!
Checkpoints refer to a validation point that compares the current value with the expected value for specified properties of an object.
Encountering a gecko driver error as you start scripting for Mozilla Firefox using the latest Selenium 3.0.0 Beta release? Know what has changed now!
Parameterization tells UFT how & from where to fetch the Test Data for running the Test cases. One of the simplest method – using the Data Table!
Now that you have downloaded Java, Eclipse and Selenium Webdriver – let’s see how to configure Eclipse with Selenium WebDriver.
In UFT context, View is the GUI representation to facilitate automation scripting. Apart from the code editor UFT offers a Keyword view for non-programmers.
Selenium supports multiple languages, by using language-specific client driver. Since we will be using Java, let’s download WebDriver Java Client.
Eclipse is the most widely used Java IDE in the programming world. It contains a base workspace and an extensible plug-in system for customizing the environment. Eclipse itself is written mostly in Java and its primary use is for developing Java applications, but it may also be used to develop applications in other programming languages through the use of plugins. Continuing on our zeal to learn automation via Selenium, let’s learn how to download and start Eclipse IDE.
What are the pre-requisites to writing automation scripts in Selenium? Obviously, you need the tools first. Additionally you need to finalize the programming language you will be using to write test scripts and install the associated IDE. As ‘Java’ is the most popular & widely used programming language across the world (both for development & automation testing) – we will be focusing on writing scripts in Java using Selenium. For that first you need to have the ‘Java Development Kit’, Eclipse IDE and Selenium WebDriver. Let’s start with installing ‘Java Development Kit’, popularly known as JDK.