Test Automation Services involves tools to run and execute test cases. The goal of test automation is to reduce the time taken to execute manual test cases but not to eliminate manual testing completely.
To begin with, it may be necessary for a tester to learn new skills. Then, it is necessary to create a testing strategy as well as the tests themselves, and to ensure that everything works flawlessly. And this isn’t the end; in the future, you’ll need to maintain existing tests as well as create new ones. This procedure is virtually limitless.
It is the major misconception that test automation gives more free time. In manual testing, most of the time is spent performing repeated functional and exploratory testing.
Test Automation helps in reducing the time taken for repetitive test case execution. Automation involves coding and periodic improvements and adjustments in the code.
However, these codes can be recycled and reused again to test similar kind of scenario
Initially, automated testing is a bit of prohibitive, but over a period test automation pays for itself.
Automation helps you to concentrate on bigger issues such as end user requirements or functionality improvements.
Automation reduces the cost involved in multiple code revisions.
Now that we have seen enough about manual testing and automated testing, let’s move into a step ahead.
Let’s explore the key features of an effective test automation framework –
In current automated regression testing scenario, test automation framework is becoming an integral component of testing tools.
By following the above-mentioned guidelines, one can create an efficient automation framework to reap immense benefit out of a testing tool.
Test automation methodology is basically determined based on the tools used, approach and the usage.
Here is a list of top test automation tools that can help achieving automation objectives
This is an open source tool used suitable for testing browsers.
Because Selenium is open source, you can also customise the code for better code management and to improve the functionality of predefined functions and classes. Because of the ease with which test scripts can be generated to validate functionality, Selenium has become the most dependable web automation tool.
Appium is a free and open-source tool for automating native, mobile web, and hybrid applications on iOS, Android, and Windows desktop platforms. Appium is “cross-platform,” which means it allows you to write tests for various platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows) using the same API.
This is the most intuitive automation tools available in the market. It offers most robust functional testing, UI testing, exploratory testing, load testing, performance testing, testing visual studio and mobile testing.
QTP is the market leader and is widely used for most of the test environment. The tool is suitable for both web based and client/server based application
It is the most popular tool used to test android apps which supports both native and hybrid apps
It is another popular open source test platform which supports creating reusable test cases for desktop, mobile and web applications.
It is not possible to automation entire testing process hence it is very important to select the test case properly. Few test cases should be given more attention whereas some test cases can be handled manually.
To get most out of Test Automation the following test cases should be considered for automation –
Early and frequent testing helps in detecting bugs in the early stages and reduces the cost of bug fixing.
There are lot of testing automation tools available in the market but choosing the right tool which suites the business requirement is a key for test automation success
A quality test data is extremely important for an efficient test plan. This data is understood by the test tool and iterates the content while performing automation
The automation test controls should be named uniquely named so that the tests are resistant to the UI changes. Doing this will eliminate the automation tool relying on the unstable location coordinates providing a seamless automated testing process flow.
Selenium is a most robust set of open source tool that supports rapid implementation of test automation of web- applications. It provides rich set of testing functionality specific for web application testing.
As we know, automated testing, especially framework-based, offers several benefits. There is a reduction in testing effort, testing schedule, better regression testing, greater test coverage and improved productivity.
However, as the demands of customers for better products increases, the need for constant improvement and innovative ways to speed up the testing process increases.
Test Automation increases the overall efficiency of testing and confirms robust software quality.
There are lot of tools and techniques available in the market to make it a grand success.
These tools and techniques help in executing the tests early, frequently, effectively and efficiently. It also helps us compare the expected and actual result
Let us discuss about the biggest perks of software test automation
A testing tool accompanied by clear-cut measurable objectives, automation readiness, a well thought out framework for test automation, a way of storing & managing test data, and industry best practices & methodologies will lead to success of test automation.
By Uma Raj
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