Automation is everywhere. Automation experts are in high demand. Nah! Not in high demand, ONLY Automation Engineers are in demand. All job descriptions mention a set of automation tools and frameworks. Interviews revolve around Java, Python, C#, Selenium, UFT, Appium, Frameworks, Algorithms, and what not. Literally ‘Everybody’ is looking for an Automation engineer.
Adopting technology is important, but blind adoption is different than logical application of Technology. When I see it – looks like everyone wants to fit the tech-term anywhere in the test process and call it tech-driven QA. But how do you measure the ROI from client perspective? Do you compare Super-Tech.QA vs. Functional QA? Or Super-tech-tools are cheaper than the required man power? Nah! Everyone says “All these are long-term benefits, no short-term advantage”, but then eventually forget to measure the ROI in the long run as well 😛 On the other hand, due to all this fuss we have somewhere neglected the original Tester.
Current competencies are important, but we need to have a long-term vision. It’s important to be aware of the IT industry trends. The industry will change. Choice is yours – up-skill now (relatively easy) OR up-skill when you get stuck (it’s hard, believe me).
Programming is integral to IT, and automation is no different. What interviewers are looking for is if you can think of the correct logic or algorithm. It gives them an idea about your logical thinking prowess.
As mobile applications and software development have become a larger player in modern business, it has become increasingly important for those who don’t have a traditional background in coding to learn basic coding techniques. Simultaneously, because of modern tech advances, it’s possible to begin to learn certain coding practices without having a deep background in the subject.
Selenium Drag and Drop is one of the common scenarios in Automation testing. Let’s say we have a web application where we need to drag an item from one location to another location. These kinds of complex actions are not available in basic element properties. Thankfully Selenium WebDriver has Advanced User Interactions API (Actions class) to perform this kind of advanced user interactions for rich applications.
Agile, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery methodologies have evolved in favor of delivering the software faster. Software Test automation blends perfectly with these methodologies for accelerating the time to market. But achieving a flawless test automation is same as preparing a delicious dish where essential ingredients play a vital role in the success.
Tables are one of the primary design tools for HTML documents. Tables allow for greater control over page layout, allowing creation of more visually interesting pages. Table has rows and columns to store the data. I guess 50% IT industry will come to a halt if Microsoft Excel stops working 😉 that’s the importance of tables in organizing data. Search results on many websites are often displayed in the form of table. E.g. try searching for a flight between X and Y on a travel website, what you get is a table of results. There are times when we need to access elements (usually texts) that are within HTML tables. In this article let’s see how to read data from a Web Table using Selenium.
Test Automation framework plays a vital role in the success or failure of any software automation project. For testers – it forms the foundation to a successful career. Software Testing involves multiple components like application-under-test, test cases, test data, test environment, etc. and a good automation framework needs to take care of all of these. In our pursuit to explore the topic of automation frameworks, let’s get started with collating different aspects of software testing that are to be taken care when designing a Test automation framework.
Experts and Influencers from the Software Testing industry say that – Software Testing is one such process that has no end and it demands for improvement every now and then. Testing teams strive to deliver a well-tested software that can provide a seamless user experience in terms of functionality, performance and security. The ever-evolving scope of improvement in the Software Testing process to deliver a better-quality software compels to adopt new approaches. Manual Testers are finding it hard to stay relevant in today’s evolving technology landscape.
“How comfortable are you designing an Automation Framework from scratch?” – The very first interview question for a QA/Testing job opportunity now-a-days. What should I say? I am really good at Functional Testing? Nah! There is no space for manual testers. You HAVE TO start learning Automation. And it’s not just about Automation scripting, interviews are more driven towards programming & building an automation framework. So here I am penning down my answers to all those automation interviews in a series of Automation Framework focused blogs. It’s high time, really!
From the time I am blogging, it makes sense to me to pen down my sudden thoughts. Many a times you come up with an idea, memory, solution, problem, anything and it is lost since we don’t remember it in future. That’s when I started writing my sudden thoughts about Software Testing and guess what, the ‘Sudden Thoughts of a Software Tester’ is getting a lot of traction on my Social profiles. So thought of sharing it with you all. Here we go…
Selenium WebDriver makes direct calls to the browser using each browser’s native support for automation. It support multiple browsers, operating systems and programming languages. What’s more? It’s FREE, ‘Open Source’ as we call it! Why do you think it’s so popular? 😉 Though Selenium Webdriver is at the epicenter of automated software testing, it is supported by different tools to make Automation Testing easy, effective & efficient – The Automation Galaxy of Selenium Webdriver tools!
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.