One solution to the dilemma between the need for software development and budget reductions is to streamline the entire application development process. The natural candidate for streamlining is the automation of frequently repeated "mechanical" tasks, such as testing.
Automated testing allows the repeated execution of business scenario testing through dedicated software tools. Such dedicated testing software typically inputs test data into the application under test, simulates user behavior, compares results to expectations, and generates detailed reports. Some of these automation testing tools also allow the recording of user behavior in the tested application, generate a script based on it, and subsequently use this script in tests that can be run automatically (e.g., at a set time or upon a certain event, such as the deployment of a new version).
After the test is executed, an automatically generated report records detailed results of the test run. This report can also be part of an email notification, which alerts the responsible tester, and, if necessary, the test results can be further analyzed in detail. With automated testing, minimal input from the tester is required, mainly for overseeing the software that runs the scripts and checking the generated test reports.
Companies have started to realize and apply the benefits of automated testing in recent years. Reducing manual effort, testing speed, and testing scope that is not dependent on the number of physical testers clearly offsets the initial investment in implementing such a tool in companies.
Example script for automatic testing of a mobile application.
This type of testing combines manual and automated testing to achieve maximum efficiency. By using an appropriate ratio of manual vs. automated testing and organizing tests, up to 70% of the money and time required for testing can be saved.
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