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Automated testing: the evolved & mechanized version of manual testing

 

In order to understand the concept of automated testing, one needs to understand the concept of software testing altogether. Almost all of us have seen those little pointers saying “fixed bugs and updated new features” while updating the apps on our smartphones. Now, the method that those apps use to test the productivity, efficiency and security of their product is called software testing. It verifies whether the actual software product matches the expected outcome and requirements.  

 

Fixing software bugs is important because it can cause some serious damage to people and their lives, both financially and personally. History provides us with many such examples. Did you know? 

  • Starbucks had to close down about 60 percent of its outlets in U.S. and Canada due to a software failure in its POS System. So much so, that they had to serve free coffee to their customers as they were unable to process the transaction. 
  • Nissan cars pulled back over 1 million cars from the market due to a software failure in their air-bag sensory detectors. Reportedly, there had been two fatal accidents due to this failure.  

 

This process of detection of anomalies in the software is executed through two simple broad systems: manual and automated. 

 

Manual testing

As obsolete as it may sound, considering the fact that software engineering has developed manifolds in the last decade, we still owe it to manual testing methods for focused attention and handling complex and nuanced test cases. 

Manual testing is still used when the applications under test, changes frequently. This mostly occurs before an app or software goes live, one time test cases, and random testing (ad-hoc) cases.  

 

Automated testing

Automated testing is much easier for you to understand now, isn’t it? It is the same process of testing software products with the help of tools and coding instead of a test engineer (human). Automated testing is the evolved and mechanized version of manual testing. The primary goal here is to cover more test executions in lesser time.  

 

Automated testing key pros

  • Allows execution of repetitive tasks without any manual tester that may have required step by step testing otherwise 
  • Although automated testing requires initial manual efforts to create the testing scripts and coding, it performs automatically in due course
  • Automated testing is dramatically faster than manual, hence has higher test coverage 
  • Reduces business expenses overall, thereby fetching higher ROI in the long term
  • Better, quicker and quality software testing leads to better user experience


Infanion and automated testing 

With so much insight and knowledge about testing, Infanion chooses the nothing but quality for its own automated testing.  

  • Selenium (MAVEN, POM) and Cypress are the automated testing tools used for testing web applications across various platforms and browsers.  
  • Selenium WebDriver is one of the pivotal components of the Selenium suite that we use and it lets us drive the browser natively (either on local machines or remote machines).  Frameworks used for validation are TestNG, Data Driven and Hybrid.  

 

Why Cypress works for us? 

It is relatively much more efficient, smooth, and non-confined than Selenium. Cypress.io is the tool that we use for web applications with modern Javascript frameworks. 

  • It is faster because Cypress allows scripts to be executed within the browser unlike Selenium.  
  • It allows the teams to perform end to end tests, integration tests and unit tests.  
  • It allows multiple test cases and performs majority of actions with very few lines of script 
  • It automatically waits for commands and assertions before moving further
  • It allows easy debugging and provides consistent test results 

 

It’s all been laid out for you; you can pick and choose for yourself which testing works better for your applications.  

Hit us up @ info@infanion.com and let us know if you’d like to know more about automated testing at Infanion and how it can help your business cut unnecessary costs and grow simultaneously. 

 

Saniya Baranwal
IPLS consultant CRS @ Infanion