4 Ways to Save Time and Money With Automated Testing
By Space Coast Daily // January 16, 2022
Automated testing is a practice of validating the behavior of a software application without actually running the application. In other words, it’s an alternative to manual testing.
Automated testing can help you save time and money by avoiding expensive debugging and rework that would otherwise be necessary had it been done manually, and by getting more thorough coverage of the code than would be possible through manual testing.
The goal of any web development project is to create a product that meets or exceeds the requirements. This can be a time-consuming and costly process, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This post will give you some tips on how to start automating your testing process today!
1) Pick your framework
First, you need to decide which testing framework is right for you. Testing frameworks can be extremely powerful and useful. But they are also very powerful and can be used for all kinds of tasks.
TestProject.io is one of the most popular frameworks out there. It’s highly flexible and allows for customized integration with CI/CD workflows via the RESTful API, which allows for integration with tools like Jenkins and Circle CI. TestProject is a highly-tuned framework built for high quality, automated testing. But in order to use it effectively, you must pick the right tools and implement a testing plan that aligns with your goals.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re not testing at least five different scenarios in your application (e.g. the user accounts, the users, the browsers, the devices, etc.), then you may not need the level of flexibility that the powerful framework provides. There are many other options out there for testing frameworks, so I recommend looking at what your team is already familiar with, and exploring what’s out there.
2) Choose your test runner
The next step is to pick a test runner to help you automate your tests. There are a lot of test runners available for testing, including a few free ones. To make things easier for you, it’s always better to go with a platform that is available as a free trial, as opposed to the full product, since trial users have access to the product version, including all features.
Your choice of test runner will depend on several factors, including the domain you’re testing in, the platform you’re building on (e.g. Android or iOS), and what scenarios you want to cover. For example, are you testing a single-page application, or are you building an application that is integrated with an existing system? Do you want to test against multiple browsers, or do you just want to cover the most popular ones?
When selecting a test runner, always start by looking at the purpose of your tests.
3) Implement continuous integration
Continuous integration (CI) is the practice of incorporating new code changes into an existing product with frequent, predictable updates.
In a traditional, manual testing process, testing is done one component at a time, but CI integrates your application into a continuous integration (CI) pipeline so that you can test more components and features continuously. Test cases are created for each integration and run as the build is finished. The integration results are monitored by your CI server so that your test results can be automatically displayed in an HTML page and notified via email.
Continuous integration is a powerful tool for making the lives of your test engineers easier, especially when it comes to test automation. The beauty of using a CI environment is that you can run the same test script to test different parts of your product and perform different integration scenarios at the same time, without having to re-write each test.
CI is especially helpful for big projects and for agile teams that have test engineers and QA testers. You may think of CI as building new applications, but it is also a great way to implement fully automated testing.
To fully automate your testing in CI, you need to set up a solid test suite that will cover a bunch of test scenarios that match your application’s requirements. You also need to ensure that test cases are deployed automatically, at the correct intervals. You’ll probably need to make sure that you’re using automation as much as possible in your CI pipeline.
4) Optimize the build process and develop test-only code
Once you’re using a continuous integration (CI) environment, the test-only coding mantra becomes quite important. The golden rule of writing test-only code is to never test code that exists in the final version of the product. Test-only code is code that is not created for any particular test scenario.
You write the code only when it’s needed. For example, if your testing scenarios require a particular code change to work properly, you might create that code in a test-only file. In the same way, test-only code is code that is not required for any part of the app.
Test-only code is not easy to write. It requires careful coding, where each test includes the code that is being tested. Test-only code is also hard to test, because the tests are now independent of the other code and dependencies. In addition, test-only code can be hard to maintain. Because it’s not included in the final product, it’s easy to forget to run tests when changes are made, or when features are added. Test-only code also relies heavily on manual maintenance.
While this sounds difficult to maintain, the benefits will make the cost worthwhile in the long run. You’ll be able to test even more features in your application. You’ll be able to ensure that each test runs in a separate environment (like a browser) that ensures it is running correctly. You’ll be able to keep your codebase clean and reduce the time needed to test new features.