June 9, 2016
Oops! This code isn’t working in production!
Phew! The button is linked incorrectly!
Psst! The app isn’t working anymore on the selected browser!
Being into software testing, you must be experiencing these kinds of software bugs day in and out. Well, this doesn’t mean that you are not a good tester or your enterprise does not invest appropriate time and resources in testing. Many times the culprit lies in loosely-coupled codes, complex application workflow and integrations. Additionally, the cycle of continuous integration drags significant efforts and time to ensure that the apps function accurately across different environments. This makes it really difficult to perform web test automation correctly and get optimum results of the efforts.
All these difficulties certainly call for best practices to ensure that the web test automation is performed accurately and the efforts are paid-off well.
Listed here are 7 hacks to perform web test automation rightly and make the most of your test automation investments:
1. Plan and execute web test automation against real scenarios
It is highly important to know the real scenarios beforehand to execute tests. This helps in planning and prioritizing the web test automation process accordingly. Rather than testing against dummy scenarios or running mock sessions, testing based on real scenario can help identify the actual result and improve the application performance at the right space.
2. Run test automation after daily code commits
Well, this may sound tedious, but can be really of help for enterprises that roll updates and changes to their software frequently. Testing codes on a daily basis reduces chances of errors cropping up at a later stage. This also helps save time and effort of large scale testing and also keep track of application performance, thereby avoiding any negative impacts in the long run.
3. Reduce test execution time and improve test coverage
This is quite difficult to achieve, but done correctly, can help attain the desired coverage and outcome. By using the right software testing tools, frameworks and methodology, you can definitely reduce the time to execute tests. Certainly, this depends on whether you are testing the front-end - UI testing of web applications or back-end since the front-end is comparatively quick and easy to test while back-end testing takes more time. However, by employing tactics like headless testing, one can really make up to test automation quickly.
4. Check browsers & platform compatibility
Another important step is to ensure the application functioning across different browsers and platforms. No matter, how accurately it performs on one environment, chances are it might not show up the same way on another browser or platform which may result in loss of users and in turn can significantly affect the test automation efforts. Hence, ideally cross-browser and cross-environment testing should be done before releasing the app in the market to rest assured about the application performance and avoid spending time and money at a later stage.
5. Find, report & fix bugs early in the process
Finding, reporting and fixing bugs as and when they are caught can help save a lot of time and resultant working of the application. Instead of keeping a list of bugs and reporting them all together for resolution, it is beneficial to report and resolve them as they keep appearing since it will avoid the increasing number of bugs in a given application and also helps avoid last minute rushes
6. Repurpose test scripts
Repurposing of test scripts is one of the best ways for optimizing test automation investments. Right from the beginning of the test project, it is preferable to create flexible test scripts for better reusability. This not only help save time and effort for test script creation, but also help in regression testing and meeting release deadlines in agile cycles.
7. Report regularly
Lastly, it is also important to report the stakeholders about the test automation progress and identify crucial areas and action items for further workaround. This will help direct test automation appropriately and devise a solid strategy as per requirements to make the most of your test automation investments and efforts.
With these hacks, it is also important to employ right testing automation tool and resources to yield the desired outcome of your test automation project.
We know, most of these hacks are theoretical and you may find difficult to implement few or all of them. Hence, to ease your way, TestingWhiz has organized a webinar on similar lines titled ‘7 Essentials to Pragmatic Web Test Automation’ that will take you through all the essentials to performing test automation rightly.
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