7 Reasons why we should be Automating Tests
Automation adds another tool to our arsenal to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our testing processes. Test automation can also help in reducing the recurring bugs (regressions) and increase the coverage of our tests.
Even with lots of efforts by our development teams, we often find that bugs creep-in into our released products. Our test teams try to find them and development teams try to fix them before our products reach customer’s hands. Yet, we find that, even with best of our efforts, new bugs land up in our products and old bugs resurface.
Test automation is not a panacea. However, it adds another tool to our arsenal to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our testing processes. Test automation can also help in reducing the recurring bugs (regressions) and increase the coverage of our tests.
Test Automation vs. Manual Testing
Automating Tests Saves Time and Money
Automating tests can help in reducing the efforts needed for this type of testing. Once created, automated tests can be executed across multiple platforms, with different data sets. Automation for regressions is one of major benefits for a development team that saves time and money.
Increase Coverage by Automating Tests
Test Automation allows us to run tests on multiple configurations, with different data sets and without much of human intervention. Scenarios that take long time to complete and skipped during manual testing can be run unattended.
Automated test scripts can look into the application internals, external systems like database and file systems to validate the behaviour of the product.
Test Automation allows you to run thousands of test cases against multiple configurations — that is impossible to perform with manual testing.
Test Automation Removes Drudgery
Early in the career as a tester, the adrenaline rush we get from bug hunting motivates us for many months. The is excitement as good as we get when play video games or go on rides. Learning new things day-in and day-out is one of the great motivation for new testers. But as the learning-curve flattens out – we find that the testing gets very repetitive, monotonous and plain boring.
Even die-hard testers – who love testing for the sake of testing – admit to boredom at some point.
Automation can remove some of the drudgery associated with this phase of testing. Automation is no replacement for manual testing, neither can automation solve the strategic issues of figuring out what tests to run, how to prioritise them. But test automation can help in reducing the routine tasks we perform in our daily testing.
Test Automation Comes to Rescue for load/performance testing
Performing a performance or load testing in a controlled environment is near to impossible for manual testers. With the help of tools, Test Automation can create tens, hundreds or thousands of virtual users to exercise your application.
Automated Load testing and performance testing are required to ensure that the application functions as expected. It also helps in finding the breaking points that require more work. Test Automation is the key in establishing this confidence, making the job easy and hassle-free for the testers.
Test Automation Improves Team's Morale
Test Automation Improves Reporting
Test Automation Enhances Reusability
Automated test tools allow you to reuse scripts. You do not need to create new scripts for each version of operating system or application. Over a period, the library of reusable scripts becomes a valuable asset for the test team and the cost of automating tests through scripts reduces.
Marathon Integrated Testing Environment – MarathonITE, is an affordable, easy-to-use, cross-platform test automation tool for Java/Swing™, Java/FX™ and Web applications. Using MarathonITE you can quickly automate your daily tests.