Test Automation for the 21st Century

Introduction

What is End to End Testing

End to End Testing is a technique used to test whether the flow of an application is performing as designed from start to finish. The of carrying out end-to-end tests is to identify system dependencies and to ensure that the right information is passed between various system components and systems. End to end testing involves shield that that integrated components of an application function as expected. The entire application is tested in a real-world scenario such as communicating with the database, network, hardware and other applications. End to End Testing is Conventionally, executed after functional and system testing. It uses actual production like data and test environment to simulate real time settings.

End-to-End testing is also called Chain Testing.

List of Popular Automated Testing Suites:

Selenium. Selenium is a testing framework to perform web application testing across various browsers and platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Ø TestingWhiz

Ø Unified Functional Testing

Ø TestComplete

Ø Ranorex

Ø Sahi

Ø Watir

Ø Tosca Testsuite

Overview of Popular Testing Suites:

1. Selenium

Selenium is a testing framework to fulfil web application testing across various browsers and platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux. Selenium helps the testers to write tests in various programming languages like Java, PHP, C#, Python, Groovy, Ruby, and Perl.

2. Testing Whiz

Testing Whiz is a test automation tool with the code-less scripting by Cygnet Infotech, a IT solutions Provider. Testing Whiz tool’s Enterprise edition offers a complete package of various automated testing solutions like web testing, software testing, database testing, API testing, mobile app testing, regression test suite maintenance, optimization, and automation, and cross-browser testing.

Testing Whiz offers various important features like:

ü Keyword-driven, data-driven testing, and distributed testing

ü Record and playback test automation framework

ü Object Eye Internal Recorder

ü 290+ inbuilt testing commands in addition to in-built JavaScript

ü Integration with bug tracking tools like Jira, Mantis, and FogBugz

ü Integration with test management tools like HP Quality Center

ü Risk-based testing

ü Continuous Integration and Delivery in Agile cycles

3. HP Unified Functional Testing (HP — UFT formerly QTP)

HP Quick Test Professional was renamed to HP Unified Functional Testing.

Visual Basic Scripting Edition scripting language is used by this tool to register the test processes and operates the various objects and controls in testing the applications.

QTP offers various features like:

ü Integration with Mercury Business Process Testing and Mercury Quality Center

ü Unique Smart Object Recognition

ü Error handling mechanism

ü Creation of parameters for objects, checkpoints, and data-driven tables

ü Automated documentation

4. Test Complete

Test Complete is a functional testing platform that offers various solutions to automate testing for desktop, web, and mobile applications by Smart Bear Software.

Test Complete offers the following features:

ü GUI testing

ü Scripting Language Support — JavaScript, Python, VBScript, JScript, Delphi Script, C++Script & C#Script

ü Test visualizer

ü Scripted testing

ü Test recording and playback

5. Ranorex

Ranorex Studio offers various testing automation tools that cover testing all desktop, web, and mobile applications.

Ranorex offers following features:

ü GUI recognition

ü Reusable test codes

ü Bug detection

ü Integration with various tools

ü Record and playback

6. Sahi

Sahi is a testing automation tool to automate web applications testing. The open source Sahi is written in Java and JavaScript programming languages.

Sahi provides following features:

ü Performs multi-browser testing

ü Supports ExtJS, ZK, Dojo, YUI, etc. frameworks

ü Record and playback on browser testing

7. Watir

Watir is an open source testing tool made up of Ruby libraries to automate web application testing. It is pronounced as “water.”

Watir offers following features:

ü Tests any language-based web application

ü Cross-browser testing

ü Compatible with business-driven development tools like RSpec, Cucumber, and Test/Unit

ü Tests web page’s buttons, forms, links, and their responses

8. Tosca Testsuite

Tosca Testsuite by Tricentis using model-based test automation to automate software testing.

Tosca Testsuite comes with following capabilities:

ü Plan and design test case

ü Test data provisioning

ü Service virtualization network

ü Tests mobile apps

ü Integration management

ü Risk coverage

9. Telerik Test Studio

Telerik Test Studio offers one solution to automate desktop, web, and mobile application testing including UI, load, and performance testing.

Telerik Test Studio offers various compatibilities like:

ü Telerik Test Studio will Support programming languages like HTML, AJAX, ASP.NET, JavaScript, Silverlight, WPF, and MVC

ü Integration with Visual Basic Studio 2010 and 2012

ü Record and playback

ü Cross-browser testing

ü Manual testing

ü Integration with bug tracking tools

10. WatiN

WatiN is an open-source, C#-developed web application testing tool that was inspired by Watir. WatiN supports web application testing for .Net programming languages. It is licensed under Apache 2.0.

WatiN consists of following features:

ü Supports HTML and AJAX website testing

ü Integration with unit testing tools

ü Automate browser testing on IE and Firefox

ü Generates web page screenshots

ü Native support for Page and Control model

Automated Test Framework :

A “Test Automation Framework” is scaffolding that is laid to provide an execution environment for the automation test scripts. The framework produce the user with various benefits that helps them to develop, execute and report the automation test scripts efficiently.

Advantage of Test Automation framework :

ü Reusability of code

ü Maximum coverage

ü Recovery scenario

ü Low cost maintenance

ü Minimal manual intervention

ü Easy Reporting

In summary, a combination of end-to-end lifecycle test automation tool along with an experienced team of individuals from the relevant domain remains critical for an efficient implementation of automation testing.

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