Test automation is the use of software to control the execution of tests, the comparison of actual outcomes to predicted outcomes, the setting up of test preconditions, and other test control and test reporting functions. Commonly, test automation involves automating a manual process already in place that uses a formalized testing process (wikipedia.org).
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For more than a decade now, cautionary tales have been written about the costs, perils, and complexities of automating UI tests, and yet we, on the business and development sides, still seek the promise land. It often starts with a familiar story...
Every time when I write code, I remember that my customer (and the users of the application) trust me. They expect that the application provides correct information to them. They expect that the information entered to the application is safe, and it cannot be accessed by unauthorized persons.
It's a fluent automation API that supports Selenium as well as WatiN along with all their flavors and drivers. Since Fluient supports Selenium, that means you can use the Selenium ChromeDriver, IEDriver, Remote Web Driver or even the headless PhantomJS.
If you only start thinking about testing a few days before the app hits the market, it’s too late. You’ll need to test a wealth of elements, data and functionality from day one. Here are some things to consider in making testing a part of your development process.
I’ve been wanting to talk to you for a while now, but words don’t always come easy. We’ve had some really fun times together. I still remember the first time I warned you about a minor bug in your code, and how happy you were for having me in your life! Do you remember it? I also remember the first time you refactored me to make me more efficient and how well-written I felt afterwards... ah, great times!
An area of constant debate in the software industry revolves around automation of tests and who takes part in their design, creation and maintenance. There are many blogs on the subject about who within the team should do this, and different scenarios have varying degrees of success for the team, product and company.
When I first started to learn about accessibility I wanted to write automated tests to ensure that assistive technology devices, like screen readers, were interpreting my pages correctly. This idea, testing a screen reader, proved much harder than I thought. It's actually a bit of a holy grail in the accessibility space. Something that many have dreamed of, but few—if any—have achieved.