Growing requirement for frequent product release (Accelerated Time to Market), and use of software development frameworks such as Scrum and continuous delivery, results in growing product portfolio. This outcome stresses the importance of testing and quality assurance of software applications.
Continuous delivery accelerates Time to Market. By letting an organization deliver the business value inherent in new software releases to customers more quickly, the company stay a step ahead of the competition.
However, frequent software deliveries requires profound system testing and regression testing, where manual testing is often not enough to hold a deadline and in general is very time consuming.
Therefore, there is a growing use of automated test tools, which helps covering a large number of tests within a short time.
The main challenge these automation tools puts on a QA engineer is that these applications requires good knowledge in programming or scripting language, something that not all QA people possess or good at.
Therefore, I was happy to be introduced to a codeless test automation tool at the Eurostar testing conference in Stockholm last November.
Most tools in the market requires the QA engineer to program the tests itself or to cooperate with a developer (which is not always easy to coordinate in real life). The major advantage of the codeless test automation tool – LEAPTEST, is that everyone can build codeless test automation cases, by connecting easy-to-use building blocks into flowcharts.
The product works on image and text recognition, it supports all technologies and has a third party integration.
LEAPTEST founder understood an important principle. Testers should focus on testing the software and not spend valuable time (which is allocate for testing), on programming the tests!
Another thing to look forward to is the product next release (at the end of Feb. 2017). This release will include selenium building blocks. Selenium is one of the most used open source tool for web automation. It supports different platforms and different browsers. Selenium building block has the benefit of capturing real text instead of text recognition. Text recognition has weakness across different web browsers and different technologies.
Selenium libraries are packed in LEAPTEST web building blocks. Just to mention some: Strat web browser, Click web element, type web text and find web element.
Having the ability to create automated tests by simply connecting different web (selenium) building blocks into flowcharts is highly innovative in this area. Coding automation tests in selenium are time consuming even for a skilled programmer. Creating an automated test with a web building block is much faster.
The best way is to start with simple tests or just monitoring tests every night and expand gradually.
Compare to other products in the market, LEAPTEST is not pricy either. For 99 dollar a month for a single user license, one gets access to all features.
For more information about the product and 14 days free trail, visit https://leaptest.com/
Irit Kristoffersen er testleder, har en Master i Informatikk, spesialisering i ‘Design av Informasjonssystemer’ fra Universitet i Oslo og er ISTQB Advanced Test Manager og ISTQB Agile Testing sertifisert. Irit har lang erfaring innenfor IT prosjekter. Siden 2000 har hun hatt tekniske roller med utvikling, vedlikehold og testing.