GUI based Test Automation since its inception has come a long way from being a Record and Playback tool used to robotize the human test engineer. With time, application technologies matured and so did the test automation tools and its approaches.
Today teams use several different approaches based on the application under test, available tool expertise and unfortunately the most pressing factor of all, time to automate.
As most Functional Test Automation is used in regression the effects of change are felt only once the developers have delivered. Though requirement changes might be well known they are of less importance to the Automation developer as compared to the changes made by the developers to implement the requirement.
This leaves the Automation tester very less time to adapt to the changes made. So its imperative for the Automation approach to be ready for any change in the application (more so in the development lifecyle).
To cater to some of these challenges, teams use different approaches/frameworks like functional decomposition, Keyword driven, data driven, hybrid, etc... Secondly, these frameworks are developed by Tool experts to bring in more efficiency by code, object and data re-use. One thing that does not change is that still users of these frameworks need to create test scripts in the corresponding tool.
Scripts being code will always need testing without which its very vulnerable. A test system is preferred to be more predictable than vulnerable.
All of this demands time, resources, and skills on the desired tool which is not a luxury we might be in a position to have always
The answer lies in how easy, quick and scalable can you make test automation without scripting or without any knowledge of the underlying tool which is also known as Scriptless Test Automation
We decide to explore this in detail further.
Time-to-automate shortens by almost 60%
The faster you automate, the faster the products can go to market. The equation is simple. Going scritpless ensures your testing team(s) can automate large test suites 1.6 times faster than ever before. And this holds true when the product undergoes change with each major release
Let the testing team do what it is best at
Your QA team understands the application under test much better than automation experts. Going scriptless empowers your organization to leverage your complete testing team in building test automation in shortest possible time.
With no coding to do, they can now invest their time in achieving highest test coverage. This ensures your testing team can catch bugs at an early stage of product development and you build superior quality product at speeds that you have never experienced before.
Visibility into test automation for the domain champs
Now this is the biggest benefit. Till date, business analysts and subject matter experts could not participate in the test automation process, as the coding world was Greek and Latin to them. Now with this approach, they can actually establish the working of entire test automation suite or even an individual test case to ensure the product is tested for its optimum quality - not only once, or twice, but release after release.
Stay focused and Save money on building in-house scripting skills
Yes, now no more long training sessions on how to use test automation tools! Going scriptless will ensure building test automation is just a few clicks away.
Scriptless Test Automation is an approach where the key is to remove the dependancy on a scripting language and with its dependency of Automation test engineers to create scripts. Using this approach you still continue to use your best Test automation tools but now in a more thorough approach that allows your Test Automation Experts to create sophisticated framework that can be easily used by your manual testers to create automated tests.
Test automation will continue to deliver what it promises: reduced repetitive testing efforts and accelerated regression testing. But, going scriptless will ensure you achieve these results consistently and much faster than by a script based approach
Here are some strong reasons why you should drop the scripts and take your test automation as far away from the test tool language as possible. It’s time to cut the umbilical cord!