Automating for the Future

1 01 2018

When we go about discussing on automation, we talk about frameworks and tools for automating the application or the user’s product. People, who want their applications to be automated, usually start off with taking up an open source tool (or commercially bought tool) and using it for a simple record and play script creation. This then starts the cycle of making those set of scripts more robust and make them work over the application. Finally, the scripts are joined together and the developers of those scripts start calling them frameworks. This is the beginning of the confusion and chaos for test automation.

It is the belief of testing teams that once a “framework” like this is created and it can then complete a regression cycle for a certain release or development, the same is the best piece of work they have created and it would work out for any and all releases they do from that time onwards. What they forget is the basic rule of any software that it evolves. And with it has to evolve the test software also. They create an application specific and tool specific “framework”, which might be just a combination of scripts, which execute the test cases for their application or product and nothing else. Sending out some rudimentary reports, which someone may one day see and realize that everything has been failing for the past 2 weeks 🙂

 

There is a plethora of test tools which are roaming the open source and commercial world of testing these days. They all are good for what they advertise themselves for. But there is an inherent problem with them all. They are generic (catering to out-of-box standards) in nature and require a framework to be developed over them, which will take care of specific needs for the user’s application and/or product.

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