As an automated tester, you have to catch various bugs every day, even in your framework. This does not say anything about your competence or that the company is investing few resources in testing. Most of the problems lie in loosely coupled code, complex processes, and integrations. In addition, the continuous integration process requires a lot of effort and time to ensure that the application works correctly in different environments. In turn, with the use of new technologies in development, it becomes more difficult to write automated tests for web applications.

All this requires a certain amount of experience and practice.

Below are 7 life hacks that are used for automated testing, and which should justify the investment in it.

Executing Real-World Scenarios

It is very important to know the real scenario to properly automate the test case. If possible, avoid mocking and do everything on a live application. In this case, you can be sure of the result of the autotest and that has passed as it should.

Run Autotests Daily After the Last Commit

The situation is twofold. On some projects, commits are merged all day long. And there is no such thing as a “day commit”. In this case, you should choose a time to start autotests. On the one hand, it seems tedious, but on the other hand, it is very useful for frequent application updates. Bugs are caught in the early stages when problem areas have not yet taken root.

Shorter Test Execution Times and Increased Test Coverage

Sometimes this is difficult to achieve, it requires certain experience and technical knowledge. With the correct application of methodologies and optimal use of software tools, it is possible, if not to reduce the run time to a minimum, then at least somehow reduce it. The type of testing also plays an important role: API and end-to-end testing are much faster than UI testing.

Check Browser and Platform Compatibility

The environment in which Autotests a web application must be able to be quickly modified so that we can test the functionality on all potential platforms where the application can be used. Also, the application must be compatible with major browsers.

Create a Report on the Bugs Found at the Very Beginning

Bugs should be documented as soon as they are discovered. In this case, the profit from the use of autotests will not be lost. Information about the presence of defects in the application, provided immediately upon detection of bugs, is very valuable because saves enough resources to fix bugs.

Reusing Test Methods and Scripts

Reusable methods (meaning scripts and component parts of classes in PL) are the basis for optimizing investments in automated testing. In this case, the time and effort required are gradually reduced. The resulting tests are very flexible and easy to modify.

Regular Reporting

Finally, it is also important to communicate to stakeholders on the progress of: 

  • test automation; 
  • identification of critical areas;
  • a plan to resolve this situation. 

This applies not only to found bugs but also to the process of writing and running autotests and the interaction of automated tests with the application. Read more

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Five Levels of Salesforce Testing

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