Automation Testing


Automation testing focuses primarily on adopting automated tools to execute pre-scripted tests on software applications and websites, reducing the possibilities of human error while increasing efficiency and consistency.

The scope of automation testing extends across various dimensions and can incorporate aspects such as functionality, performance, load, and security testing. It facilitates the ability to run repetitive tests at any given time, thereby streamlining the evaluation process and often enhancing the speed of deployment.

The importance of automation testing lies in its potential to bolster the resilience of software applications and websites, ensuring their robustness and reliability and helping to improve a users experience.

What is Automation Testing?

Automation testing is a software testing approach that involves the utilisation of specific pre-programmed testing tools to execute tests and then compare the actual outcomes with the expected results. It's designed to simplify as much of the testing effort as possible with minimal manual intervention.

Key Features of Automation Testing:

  1. Time-Efficient: Through its capacity to expedite the execution of repetitive tasks, automation testing significantly reduces testing time.
  2. Reusability: Automated test scripts are reusable and hence can be utilised through different phases of the testing process, making it more cost-efficient.
  3. Reliable: It eliminates the possibility of human error, enhancing the accuracy and reliability of the test outputs.
  4. Simulating Thousands of Virtual Users: It is possible to simulate tens of thousands of virtual users interacting with a network, software, or web-based application, offering an in-depth insight into the performance and effectiveness of the system.

Advantages of Automation Testing:

  1. Cost-Effective: Over time, it proves more cost-effective as automated test scripts need to be created only once and can be used repeatedly, although ongoing maintenance of those test scripts is required.
  2. Increased Coverage: Automation testing allows for extensive test coverage, which would be otherwise challenging with manual testing due to time constraints of having a real person perform those tests.
  3. Quick Feedback: It provides fast and comprehensive feedback to assist in accelerating the decision-making process.
  4. High Accuracy: This approach permits a high degree of accuracy, minimising the risk of errors occurring during the entire process.

In conclusion, automation testing is a vital component in software testing, owing to its capacity to enhance both the efficiency and effectiveness of a software application.

Where Can Automation Testing Be Used?

The main areas where WebDepend utilises Automation Testing are:

Automated Regression Testing

By automating regression tests, we can quickly verify that the newly developed features are not interfering with the existing functionality of the web application or website. This results in quicker and more accurate feedback, minimises the risk of errors, and speeds up the overall delivery process.

Automated User Journey Monitoring

Automation testing plays a pivotal role in ongoing monitoring of specific and important user journeys. The automated tests can be scheduled to run daily, weekly or on a custom schedule, to not only elevate accuracy but also improve detection and resolution times.

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Automated user journey monitoring for ecommerce sites
Automated regression testing for site launches