What Is Codeless Automation Testing And Why It Is The Future?
Testing has always been a bane of the product development cycle. In an era where a single software bug can cause massive financial losses, quality assurance testing is paramount for any software product no matter how small or how big.
How Codeless Testing Works
There are multiple approaches to codeless testing. The two most prominent ones involving recording manual tests and playing it back, and creating structured test flow diagrams that are used to run tests. The record and play approach is the most popular one right now and especially favored by web-based products.
The idea behind the approach is that a tester manually performs a test, which the tool records click by click. The tool then creates scripts to automate the test itself. The testers can also edit the scripts, and the testing process to best suit their requirements.
The Future of Codeless Automation; Will It Kill Automation Testing?
For the foreseeable future, the need for automation coders would not diminish. Codeless testing would be a tool for automation testers to fast track their jobs rather than replace their jobs. In the unforeseen future, the tools will become smart enough that they will completely eliminate the need for test script coding, allowing testing instructions to be directly passed on to the system in a complete codeless package. Right now though, automation functional testing is the most important requirement of any agile software development process.
5 Benefits of Codeless Test Automation
1. Match the pace of the development cycle
When automation is designed with visual UI workflows, all code is generated under the hood making automation easy to learn and implement. A tester can start automating cases as soon as UI development is completed without wasting time going through complex coding practices and frameworks. This makes it easier to match the pace of the development cycle with continuous integration.
2. Lower maintenance and scale automation
Automating tests with visual UI workflows, inherently following current business rules and best practices, make it easy to scale and maintain test automation.
Automation relies on native identification of the objects used in test cases. This means that for the most part, it’s not necessary to adjust the automation flows every time the system under test changes.
3. Free up resources for better testing and lower costs
When testers don’t have to spend all their time trying to automate their regression tests by writing code, they have more time for exploratory testing of the application in which they are experts. What’s more, with codeless automation there’s no need to involve developers in the creation of UI tests, which is more cost-effective.
4. Extend the scope of automation
Codeless automation platform is built to support multiple types of applications, including web, desktop, and virtual applications. More specifically, this means that automated tests can involve multiple interfaces across applications as part – or beyond – the given project. With this flexibility, it’s easy to scale the extent of automation from one to several applications, and especially, to include testing the integration between projects.
5. Improve adoption with a shared automation solution
Unlike code-based custom frameworks, Automation Platforms can be used as an all-in-one solution for automation needs across an organization. By combining a shared solution with a Center of Excellence setup, it becomes easy to share knowledge, best practices, and test cases across projects for collaboration. Sharing automation flows and components across projects reduce the time required to initiate new automation projects.