Adopting Agile, continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) is not an option anymore; it’s a demand. Tech companies that want to succeed have to deliver high-quality software fast. Сan manual software testing keep up with the pace? Unfortunately, no. Test automation is one of the critical aspects that can help enterprises speed up their release cycles on top of improving software quality.
Let’s split the general term “automation testing” in:
- mobile applications automation
- web applications automation
- desktop applications automation
- test automation of API
The approaches to testing in all of them differ, but the basic automation process remains the same: writing a script that will trigger actions according to a prescribed test scenario. This increases the quality of the product for users that act according to this scenario.
When we talk about web applications test automation, everything comes down to opening a browser and running a test script in it. If you stick to the CI practices, it’s common to run a test script in the headless mode, that is without the graphical user interface or sometimes even without user interface at all.
Static types help prevent bugs from slipping into the code base due to human error and provide clear documentation that allows you to understand and maintain legacy code quickly. With TypeScript, you can use static checking and code refactoring tools to develop robust applications.
Take a look at the following sources to get started with TypeScript:
- TypeScript. Not only can you find the necessary documentation here, but you can even choose the necessary tools for a quick start.
- GitHub TypeScript. This source combines everything you wanted to know about TypeScript.
The main difference with other frameworks is that Testcafe’s locators work exclusively with CSS selectors. Among the disadvantages, however, you’ll encounter some problems with checking for object presence and visibility as well as for the prompt execution of specific actions. The last issue can be solved by placing the “waits” in the appropriate places. Another inconvenience is the debugger in the Visual Studio Code, but getting used to it might be just a matter of time.
The last tip is a non-technical one, which doesn’t make it less important.
Usually, organizations keep changing tools, while the problem lies in teams and their skill-sets. When your organization is staffed with seasoned professionals, though, your projects have more chances to succeed.
Analytical thinking, adapting to various kinds of technologies quickly, and the ability to choose the right tech stack to solve project challenges are what makes programmers and testers great. Your automation engineers have to succeed in supporting scripting languages and scaling tests efficiently, while the developers have to quickly implement testing into the development process, conducting tests within various IDEs.
If you have the right people on board, test automation shouldn’t be a problem for you, but if you don’t, Skelia’s TestLabs will gladly help you out. If you still hesitate about which language or framework to choose, you can always contact us to get this ball rolling.