Author : Vrushank Salaskar
Date : May 05, 2023
Going scriptless makes sense in general. Will it make sense for your organization? Answering that questions would require us to take a closer look at various aspects of scriptless test automation. We will also need to understand how going scriptless will positively impact the already existing processes and functions. This article is aimed at giving an introduction to scriptless and then highlight multiple benefits under different categories like cost, time, maintenance etc.
Over the last decade, we have seen the speed of digital transformation increasing manifolds. Starting from most obvious functions like storing and managing data, today, every business process is digitized. For big corporations, digital is not just a strategy but the very core of their existence. Accelerated digitization of business process led to companies launching a large number of digital products like desktop, web or mobile applications and interconnected with APIs. With increasing number of products and their frequent releases, quality became a bottleneck and quality assurance evolved as a domain in itself. Test engineers were deployed to carry out extensive testing before every release.
Software testing is a very ideal use case for automation. It is human resource intensive and repetitive to a certain extent. This led to the emergence of scriptless test automation. There is a lot of content out there talking about why everyone should go ‘scriptless’. Going scriptless is not a decision that one can make based on just the generalized facts.
Going scriptless makes sense in general. Will it make sense for your organization? If you have already invested your time and resources in Selenium and have come halfway, will it still make sense to go scriptless? Answering that questions would require us to take a closer look at various aspects of scriptless test automation (also known as no code test automation). Let’s do that!
What is scriptless test automation?
The heart of test automation are various test automation frameworks. Typically, a framework is a set of rules and tools which lay out the basic ground for automation. Frameworks enable automation but there is a lot of human involvement – writing scripts, maintaining test data, updating scripts, reporting etc. Scriptless test automation lets you do all these activities without writing a script. To simplify scriptless automation tools add another layer in-between the framework and the users and eliminate the most dreaded part of the process – writing scripts.
A large number of organizations, after trying to work with the frameworks, realize the pain involved in the process and start exploring scriptless test automation tools. Here are some multilayered benefits of scriptless automation which might help you to arrive at a decision.
A] Benefits of scriptless test automation
B] Enhanced user experience
The core purpose of testing is not writing and maintaining scripts. Testing should enable better user adoption and user experience. When scripts are written manually, non technical stakeholders or business stakeholders cannot share their ideas, inputs and feedback on the work in progress. Scriptless automation eliminates this barrier. Scripts and errors are no longer the topic of conversation. This encourages participation from UI/UX experts, business analysts and domain experts in the overall process. While putting a number to the benefits out of this co-creation is difficult, one can immediately sense the infinite possibilities!
C] Reduced time
Time is the costliest resource. When it comes to saving time, no one can beat scriptless test automation. Look at the various levels on which going scriptless can save time:
D] Enhanced confidence
Imagine a release without being sure of it being flawless. With testing automation, if one relies on scripts, being completely confident is nearly impossible. There can always be an error neglected or a bug slipping through the eyes of an engineer. There are multiple factors which lead to testing errors.:
E] Reduced maintenance
Maintenance plays a critical role in the overall quality assurance process. Maintaining scripts and test data is resource intensive. Scriptless test automation can bring down the cost of maintenance substantially.
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