Script-less or codeless test automation is an approach that enables users to automate their tests without writing code, thereby eliminating the need to know programming. While software testing demands functional knowledge, automation demands core technical capabilities. Before script-less test automation came to existence, test automation was driven by automation experts. The issue here was that even though they had technical expertise, they lacked functional knowledge about the application under test. To bridge this gap, script-less test automation was introduced.
Script-less test automation creates a symphonic blend of functional and technical expertise as it allows manual testers to automate without writing code. It ensures the success of test automation by having domain experts use their functional knowledge to automate tests. It also allows automation engineers to use their technical expertise to strategize, lead, plan, troubleshoot, and write extension scripts if required. However, there are a few myths associated with script-less test automation. Let’s find out more about them.
Myth 1: Script-Less Means Script-Free
Script-less is an approach to make test automation scalable without increasing people, tools, technology, and infrastructure costs. This approach uses readily available code assets termed as ‘Keywords’ or ‘Constructors’ to build and maintain automated test cases. These keywords and constructors are nothing but user-based actions such as ‘Click’, ‘Edit’, ‘Select’ or any other action that one needs to perform on an application’s user interface.
Myth 2: Script-less Test Automation is Not Maintainable
Script-less test automation eliminates the complexities of test automation tools by allowing functional users to automate. It maintains complete traceability of all reusable components and maps dependencies throughout the test automation life cycle. Therefore, script-less test automation allows easier change adoption and reduced maintenance efforts.
Myth 3: It is Just a Buzzword
Sales and marketing usually publicize and create hype about all new technologies entering the market. However, it is vital to observe that enterprise software is not bought just because of successful advertisement campaigns and marketing gimmicks. Each company that invests in an enterprise software does the needed research and conducts demo, proof of concepts, and carefully analyses the success stories, etc.
Myth 4: Automation Experts Are Not Needed
Even though script-less test automation empowers manual testers to automate test cases, automation experts are still needed to decide what to automate and what not to. They are also required to create strategies for object learning, test data planning and to extend the script-less framework by writing custom scripts as and when needed. Automation engineers lead the way and are the owners of the test automation suites.
By enabling domain experts to build automation, script-less test automation bridges the gap between domain/application expertise and technical automation knowledge. It is mainly convenient because it allows companies to leverage their existing teams. The script-less approach is also highly effective when it comes to agile test automation.
Over the years, script-less test automation has come a long way in proving its worth by making test automation faster, more reliable and scalable. It can achieve higher levels of maintainability allowing users to efficiently change workflows and data while being in absolute control of the impact on overall automation.