In the current age of Agile and DevOps, in order to keep up with the dynamics, traditional Quality Assurance methodologies have transformed themselves and equipped to Quality Engineering. Software Testing and Automation relate each other and instead of targeting to join at the end before the acceptance phase, it has started to travel along from the beginning.
A good framework is key for any successful test automation. Organizations invest more time and money to create a customizable framework with multi-specialized features. It is the need of the hour for an organization to standardize their process of test automation, use the full potential of available test tool and extract best results.
Turning ideas into solutions, Indium Software’s has developed a ‘DevOps Ready’ test automation framework ‘Indium Software Automation Framework Enhanced (iSAFE)’. This test automation solution focuses on transforming Quality Assurance to Quality Engineering. It is an advanced customizable framework designed for both web and windows application. Here are the 11 ways that increase the efficiency of automation scripts using the iSAFE framework.
1. The world is Open Source!
Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp says “Once open source gets good enough, competing with it would be insane”. The evolution of Selenium has been phenomenal, and it has conquered the world of test automation extensively. It is the next-gen tool with its powerful and robust quality. iSAFE is efficient with its support system for Selenium. Automation with Selenium through iSAFE framework is a windfall for modern testers.
2. Target Mobile users
Testing in the mobile platform is a real challenge in the current state as numerous devices, OS and updates are released every day and in order to keep up the challenge, iSAFE has the inbuilt capability that allows code to run across any mobile devices.
3. Parallel Execution
A major key evaluation of high quality is the compatibility of the product and with extensive capability for compatibility testing, iSAFE allows parallel test execution across different browsers, mobile devices and OS platforms. The software can be verified for both forward and backward compatibility thus ensuring thorough testing and stability of the product.
4. Continuous Integration(CI)
Continuous Integration sets a stage for continuous delivery because build and sanity are now expected to be automated. CI spotlights failure, enables factual decision making and improves efficiency therefore allows transparency. Jenkins is a front runner in Continuous Integration widening the scope for automation. iSAFE supports Jenkins integration in which required tests can be scheduled and test insights are indicated. This considerably saves the tester’s time.
5. API Testing
Application Programming Interface (API) might be valued as coding shortcuts for some but it is the key for hybrid integration capabilities. iSAFE provides facility to perform API testing thus ensuring seamless communication between applications, systems, databases and networks. API testing should always be included in the scope for test automation as testers can discover issues early in the cycle.
6.Continuous Test Run
iSAFE potentially reduces test run downtime with its continuous uninterrupted test process. By which even during a test failure the framework allows the scripts to continuously run and report till the end. Using this framework increases productivity to a greater extent.
The data-driven testing framework is much needed for better error handling and test completeness. iSAFE is primarily based on a data-driven test approach where data set can be separated and fed from an external source. Modification to the test is possible without applying any major changes to the code.
Reusability is a complex term and is necessary when looking for cost-effectiveness and high Return on Investment (ROI). With the iSAFE framework, reusability can be initiated at various levels handling repeatable functionalities efficiently. The framework allows the user to optimize the test within the code and test data level thus removing bottlenecks during the test process.
9.Page Object Model (POM)
Page Object Model (POM) is a popular design pattern, used to enhance the test maintenance and reduce duplication in the codes. With UI constantly changing in the Agile world, this next level design process helps in changing the code within the page object rather than changing the test completely. iSAFE supports POM which separates tests and element locators and intact keeping the code easy and more understandable.
Maintenance is a good practice in test automation where tests are reviewed, stable areas are identified and longer tests are broken down into smaller tests. By this maintenance becomes simpler and thus easier to identify and categorize issues. iSAFE framework is flexible to maintain test scripts and ensures code is structured in the right way.
Email and SMS alert notification are significant features of the iSAFE framework. Notifications can be set for any failures, performance deviations, etc. The alert feature keeps everyone in sync with the project thus resulting in effective collaboration within the team.
iSAFE performs intelligent data analytics and reports with interactive visualizations. Based on the end users requirements, custom HTML reports can be generated. Performance monitoring and historical data can be tracked through the framework which is essential for business intelligence.
Aishwarya LV is a Senior Test Engineer with 4+ years of experience in the field of Software Test Automation. She is an expert in Selenium Automation scripting with JAVA and worked on different automation tools like Selenium, JAVA, Thucydides, JBehave, Silk4J, Python, Appium, Jenkins, Maven.