As technology in software products evolved, it was inevitable that GUI test automation had to progress in tandem to keep pace with the rapid pace of development. Automation started with the Record and Play method. With constant innovation, methods such as control wrappers and UI object mapping are being used. Automation has a certain cost associated with it. The need for automation needs to be carefully weighed against the possibility of manual testing before a decision is made to choose one or the other approach. In addition to this, the product maturity, impact of changes in product, need to be kept in mind. If this is done properly, the maintenance cost will not overshadow the benefits of test automation.
Whether you use waterfall or Agile for Continuous delivery, test scripts need to be developed after test cases are identified. Writing scripts is not too different from writing code although it does not bear absolute similarity to scripting in a particular computer language. In fact, the art and science of building test scripts can be easily undervalued or misunderstood. Besides, time, talent, and effort is required to build effective scripts. So, scripts can be valuable when they are carefully constructed. However, this also means that the cost of developing good quality scripts is high, a luxury that may not be available in today’s competitive world. Also, scripts being code, need testing to make sure they are predictive and effective.
This brings into focus the need for a script-less automation, which can help you expand test coverage enormously due to the inherent speed and scalability. The advantage of such automation practices is that deep knowledge of the underlying tool is not required.
Advantages of Script-less test Automation:
Time taken to automate is reduced by 60%
The faster you automate, the quicker is the product’s time-to-market, which gives you a big advantage against competitors.
Your testing team understands the application under test far better than the automation experts. When you adopt the script-less approach, you make use of your entire testing team to build test automation in the shortest possible time. The coding time that is thus saved can be invested in achieving the highest possible test coverage. Also, defects can now be caught at earlier stages of product development. This ensures that a superior quality product is built at never-before-seen speeds.
Enter the Domain Champions
How many times have we seen domain experts complain that the coding required for automation is alien to them? Well, let’s just say, many times. Now, with the new approach, domain experts can pitch in and provide their valuable insights by participating at all levels. They can even build entire suites to ensure that the product can be tested for optimum quality release after release. If they are innovative enough, even user stories or business rules can be directly converted into test cases or test case suites.
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The tedious training sessions on how to use test automation tools can be a thing of the past. For example, using Qualitia, you can now focus on building the framework, solid test cases and suites instead of spending time on the automation tool. The framework that you create can be easily used by manual testers to create automated tests.
All in all, test automation is evolving rapidly and will continue to reduce repetitive testing and accelerate regression testing. Now, by using script-less automation, you can reach your testing goals much more efficiently and consistently.
Time to drop the scripts and take automation to the next level, away from the test tool language!