What is Automated Testing and How Does it Work?
By Ambab Infotech
Software development is getting popular day by day since the ease of work and productivity-boosting advantages to the firm. Organizations are using software to automate daily compliance tasks and using employee intelligence towards solving actual problems. But it is not that simple, and you as a business owner, do not want any compromises while automating daily tasks too. To ensure that you do not encounter such issues, software testing came into the picture.
Software testing is an integral part of the software development cycle. In this phase, you check for bugs, errors, working, and everything else that software is not supposed to do. It can be as simple as checking a password field on the form to see if it follows the conditions of a secure password.
We will discuss automation testing and how can you make it work to test the software or a web app for your organization.
What is Automated Testing?
Automated testing is a process that validates the outcome of the software with the expected software before it reaches the client or the customer. This software testing method uses scripted sequences that can be executed using different tools. It basically compares the actual outcome with the expected output so that there is no gap in fulfilling the client’s requirements.
Automated testing is used to automate repetitive tasks and other testing tasks that may or may not be difficult to perform manually.
There are various testing tools that can help you get the job done and one of the most popular automated testing tools is Selenium.
What is Selenium?
Selenium is one of the best tools to perform QA Automation for your software. Selenium is an open-source tool that is used to automate web applications and custom software. It handles black box, white box, and gray box testing too, effortlessly. You can also perform regression testing and re-testing on this tool. Plus, UAT testing can also be performed using Selenium.
Selenium for automated testing can be integrated with any tools like the test link (test case management tools), and Redmine (bug tracking tools).
How Does Automation Testing Works?
Selenium works well with most IDEs and Eclipse is one of the oldest IDEs in software development. If you are using Eclipse for software development too, you can directly test your application in it, using the Maven framework.
You can install the Maven framework plugin in eclipse and go ahead with your project. Let us see how it works:
- Eclipse develops the Maven Framework according to the project requirements and Selenium Framework.
- Based on the test cases and test scenarios, a full-fledged test script is developed.
- A batch file is created by the automation tester to run it with windows scheduler and Jenkins.
Jenkins is an open-source Continuous Integration server that automates the build and deployment process of your web applications.
- Your client will get an email notification if a test case fails through Jenkins. Also, a screenshot will be saved in the system at a user-defined location.
- Clients can also schedule the task as per a defined time.
- Clients will get the reports on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis in HTML format along with log reports and custom reports too.
There is one more thing that you can do with Selenium and that is integration. Integrations help you further expand the functionality of any tool. That is exactly what Selenium offers. Once you integrate selenium with Redline and TestLink, you can do more than just testing. All the executed test cases will be added to TestLink automatically and failed test cases will add new bugs in Redmine along with the screenshots after integration.
If you are not aware of automated testing or don’t know much about how to perform one, you can always hire a QA agency that will do the job for you. They have a team of experts waiting to help you out with the best possible resources.
Automated testing is one of the best things that can happen to any software developer. It automates the routine tests and makes sure that everything happens smoothly. Test scripts are automatically generated as per the project using Maven Framework. Therefore, go ahead and get your custom software tested with one of the most efficient testing methods.