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Intensify your Test Automation Efforts with Record and Playback Testing

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Developing any software product or web application is impossible without conducting tests for the purpose of the quality assurance. Testing is critical in the success of any software or web application. However, there are certain stages of testing that consumes a lot of time and efforts and therefore, automation of the testing process has become imperative in order to overcome such issues while improving the quality of the software or web application.

Record Playback

Unfortunately, learning any new automation tool or scripting language is a time consuming process. Also, not all the projects require a robust testing too and that’s where Record and Playback framework comes into the picture. Even though record and playback is one of the best methods that help testers to understand an application code, it is one of the most under-rated testing methods in test automation. In this post, we’re going to cover some of the rock-solid points that will help you know how Record and Playback testing would help you intensify your test automation efforts.

  • No need to run each and every test case multiple times! In record and playback, the testers have to run each and every test case only once and each manual test is recorded. However, if it is required to run the test case again, the generated scripts requires to be loaded and run and then results will be verified against the expected results. This way it ensures that the application delivers for which it is designed for.
  • In test automation, scripts are created and utilized for a short time span in order to avoid increased script maintenance. No one likes to use scripts for a longer period of time as it will increase the script maintenance. Utilizing record and playback would be quite handy in such scenarios as scripts are created and used only for a short period of time, which will help testers to reduce the overall script maintenance overhead in test automation process.
  • Not all the testers have expertise in test automation tools or methods. However, sometimes it becomes critical to use test automation tools or methods in order to test any specific application. Record and playback testing comes handy at this moment as it does not require any special automation expertise to perform testing.
  • If you’re testing any web applications or online applications, record and playback testing could help you intensify your test automation efforts greatly by recording user actions or interactions. An actual file is created to record the various keystrokes made by the end users and this information is associated with timing information too.
  • Once you’ve all the different keystrokes stored in your file, you can easily use this file against an application in order to test it out. Also, a log file is created whenever you test the application for user interaction (UI). This at the end helps you determine the performance of the application.
  • Record and playback speeds up the test automation process! As you’ve already recorded the testing steps, all you have to do is to repeat the whole process in order to perform the testing. This at the end speeds up the entire test automation process, which is crucial in today’s agile environment.
  • Keyword tests are quite speedy and simple! As compared to any other method, record and playback simplifies keyword tests as they’re recorded as a sequence of operations that simulate user actions on the test application. This at the end makes it pretty faster to create them rather than writing script code. Also, there is no need to know any scripting language in order to create the keyword tests.
  • It helps testers to get coordinates or names of the objects (low-level). While testing applications, sometimes it becomes to get through the properties of an object. For example, a drop down box disappears when you click somewhere else on the screen. In such scenario, record and playback testing helps you get the properties of the objects.

Apart from all these, record and playback testing also helps testers to know and understand the application code. Also, there are certain automation tools that allow testers to record actions performed on the application in the form of script code, low-level procedures and keyword tests.

So, record and playback testing definitely make sense to invest time and money in order to intensify your test automation efforts. What’s your stand on this? Do you think record and playback testing still make sense to go for? Share your thoughts in the comments…!

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