Automated web testing plays an important role in the timely delivery of quality web projects. When things are not automated, they become manual which can be stressful. We’re humans, and unlike computers, doing the same thing — checking user interfaces to ensure conformance to laid down requirements — after every update or change can be daunting. We may even miss out on some important parts of the website.
Setting up test automation can also be stressful or expensive depending on your chosen tools. But, they go a long way in easing the testing process of your user interfaces. With such tests properly set up, you’re sure to always get the same quality on every update you make to your web applications.
The tools you use for testing determine how easy it may be to set up automated web testing and also determines how much of your interface you can test. As we continue in this article, we’ll look at 5 tools that can help you get started in running automated tests for your application.
Perfecto is a cloud-based testing platform for mobile and web apps. Perfecto offers a broad testing coverage and secure tests for mobile apps and desktop apps.
Perfecto supports over 60 integrations from Slack to Microsoft Visual Studio and many more. It allows you to integrate tests in your Continuous Development Environments (CDEs) thereby discovering bugs and debugging them faster.
The analytics dashboard offered by the platform gives you fast and accurate feedback on the status of your application. With the cloud-based services they offer, you can run tests on various virtual environments that simulate the devices your users would use.
TestComplete, a product by SmartBear, is an easy-to-use GUI test automation tool for all your applications from desktop, to web and to mobile.
In desktop testing, TestComplete supports .net, JAVA, and Windows 10 applications. It also supports 2050+ platform configurations for web application testing including popular frameworks like React and Angular. And with mobile phones, you can run automated tests on physical or virtual operating systems.
The beauty of TestComplete is, they are fast, thereby reducing resource costs. Also, you do not have to build your test from scratch. You can always reuse tests you’ve made before or some already configured in the testing tool.
TestComplete also integrates with testing tools and frameworks such GIT, Jira, Selenium, and Azure DevOps.
Selenium is an automated testing tool that offers regression testing and also makes finding bugs easier in your application. Selenium offers three products: Selenium WebDriver, Selenium IDE, and Selenium Grid.
The WebDriver, which is often used, offers a lot of browser bindings that allow you to run many browser-based automation tests on your web applications in different OSes. It also supports many languages and frameworks and it’s easy to implement when you have the right knowledge to use the platform. The WebDriver is free and open-source and while this is good, many users also complain about the level of expertise required to maintain the latest versions of the drivers.
The IDE which exists as an IDE and browser add-ons allows you to create exploratory tests (tests while your app is in execution) to reproduce bugs and solve them on time.
The Grid product allows you to run your tests on numerous environments at a time, thereby allowing you to easily scale your app.
Ranorex is a web automation testing tool for desktop, mobile, and web applications. It offers codeless automation such that developers with limited knowledge of programming languages can begin building complex tests for their apps. Such tests include adding field validations in your app while recording the test actions to be replayed.
Ranorex also offers a full IDE for C# and VB.NET programming languages. The IDE supports collaborative development by teams and also integrates with Source control platforms.
Watir is an open-source Ruby library for creating automated tests that are easy to read and maintain. It interacts with a web application by emulating user actions such as clicking, scrolling, filling inputs, and many more.
Watir works with several web elements such as Text fields, Select inputs, buttons, divs & spans. It also provides information like attributes for the elements which helps in performing complex tests on them.
For mobile site testing, Watir allows you to either run your tests on a browser in a real device, on a browser in a device emulator, or a desktop browser having the same resolution and configurations as a mobile browser.
Different automated testing tools make UI testing seamless in their various ways. They all have their features out of the box and various levels of expertise required in setting them up. Knowing which tools suits your application environment and team makes building web interfaces and debugging them faster.
In this article, we’ve looked at the benefits of automated testing and 5 tools to help you get started on testing your application.