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Framework Guide – Benefits of Automation testing
What Is a Test Automation Framework?
A test automation framework is a collection or library of actions that can be used to perform various types of testing, such as unit testing, regression testing, integration testing, smoke testing, and more. Frameworks typically come in one of two approaches: direct code only, which requires developer skills, or no code, which any manual tester can use to build powerful automated tests without any development experience.
Why Use a Test Automation Framework?
Whether you’re a developer or a manual tester, test automation frameworks can be a huge help when it comes to increasing code reuse and portability, reducing script maintenance, saving costs, and more. Depending on your team’s skill background and specific use case, the value from deploying a test automation framework could be almost instantaneous!
Benefits of Automated Testing Frameworks
Each testing framework comes with a code collection, which saves valuable time from having to write or code your own actions. This code collection can be reused for any future testing scenarios. With a few small adjustments, a test automation framework can be set up for additional testing scenarios, reducing costs.
Even with multiple applications, automated testing frameworks can be set up with modules to give you maximum coverage. Automated testing frameworks with modules allow developers and manual testers to focus on particular areas without having to run massive tests, while giving you full test coverage on different aspects of your applications and environments.
Automated testing frameworks make it easy to train new employees. Instead of having a custom code base that may not have any documentation, your team will gain agility when learning how to write test scripts, improving how quickly new team members will be able to contribute to the team.
Cut down on costs by using automated testing frameworks. Self-contained frameworks don’t require the typical software overhead and maintenance that a custom test code base would need. Once implemented, little manual intervention is needed. In addition, future proofing updates will make the framework applicable to new testing needs, saving you time and money.
Types of Automated Tests
Regression testing is an essential element of software quality assurance. During unit and integration testing, regression testing can help catch defects early and thus reduce the cost to resolve them. It creates confidence that an application is ready for deployment.
Ranorex Studio was originally developed with regression testing in mind. Developers and manual testers can use Ranorex Studio to build out a regression test that will automatically run before pushing any release to production.
Functional Requirement Testing
Functional testing is one of the most important testing techniques when software testing occurs. It is performed with test cases or examples from any possible scenario you could think of, both negative and positive.
An application programming interface (API) is a set of rules that two modules of code use to communicate with each other. Interface/API tests validate this interaction. Because the API rules tend to be very stable in any given application, API tests are good candidates for automation. Interface/API tests are also white box tests because they require knowledge of the code being checked. With Ranorex Studio, developers and manual testers can apply API and interface tests by adding the RestSharp framework to their tests.
System Load Testing
Types of Frameworks
Linear Automation Framework
Linear automation frameworks can be a good option if you have a small application or function. In addition, this test doesn’t require complicated code, so it’s a good option for when you need to complete a test fast.
Ranorex Recorder is the perfect tool for a testing framework that uses linear automation. It’s great for teams of manual testers or teams with simple web-based or desktop-based applications.
Modular Based Testing Framework
Modules can be reused without fixing the whole test case, so this type of framework makes maintenance easier and cost effective.
Ranorex offers drag and drop Recording Modules that help any team or organization maintain their test cases and test modules.
Library Architecture Testing Framework
The Ranorex Studio IDE can support a library architecture testing approach. With the flexibility of renaming aspects of the test, modules, and elements, any user can build their tests with the library architecture testing framework in mind.
Keyword-driven frameworks are reusable and don’t require strong scripting knowledge. They can also be built with or without a specific application. The flexibility of naming tests, modules, and elements within Ranorex Studio gives any user the power to create a keyword-driven framework to help them maintain their tests.
Behavior-Driven Development Framework
Hybrid Testing Framework
How to Choose the Best Automated Framework for You
1. Determine Who Is Going to Use the Framework
Think about the team and their background and skill level. The best framework should be able to support the strengths of the current team in order to ensure the best ROI after implementation.
A developer-heavy team will want a framework with an easy to use code base and little to no need for infrastructure, as well as a focus on functional and unit testing. A team of manual testers will need an easy-to-use framework that they can interact with in a UI without the need to worry about code or adding other frameworks; their main concerns will be GUI and regression testing. Ranorex Studio is a perfect fit for both of these team types.
2. Think About Scale
Does the framework need to be scalable or adaptable for different apps? Before purchasing a new framework, understand what applications will need to have test automation and what the top requirements will be for application growth. Ranorex Studio can help to establish a framework that will scale with desktop, web, and mobile applications, all while saving your team time and your organization, money.
3. Consider Complexity
Complexity could apply to framework or types of tests or testing that will need to be performed. Less complexity of a framework will ensure your team can grow due to the framework being easy to teach. More complexity of tests or testing will expand the requirements for a framework and ensure the best test coverage.
Consider a framework that is both easy to use and can be managed simply through a single UI. Ranorex Studio offers the benefits of both. The record and playback functionality is easy to learn and teach. Testsuites can be managed all within the single Ranorex Studio IDE with no need for maintenance outside of a quarterly version update.
4. Look at Your Budget
When deciding on an automated testing framework, keep your budget in mind. Although there are free frameworks out there, they may have unforeseen costs that are not readily apparent that show up in charging for support, or the level or skill to troubleshoot an issue that would be easier to fix in other frameworks. While other automated testing frameworks may be a larger investment upfront, getting things right can save your team more in the long run.
The true value of a testing automation framework is in the long-term use and execution of the tests that, once manual and time-consuming, are now automatically and easily executed from the framework. The value of Ranorex Studio can be recognized almost immediately. Teams can easily start building automated tests with no other infrastructure necessary.
Find the Right Test Automation Framework with Ranorex
Ranorex can help you find the right test automation framework for your needs. Contact us today to find the solution you need, or download a free trial of Ranorex Studio and get started now.
Automate testing for any desktop, web or mobile technology
Whether you are testing a legacy desktop application or a native app for the latest mobile devices, a single Ranorex Studio license includes the technologies that you need. To read more about Ranorex Studio’s support for a specific technology, click one of the links below.
Increase quality and shorten release cycles
Designed for different skills, roles, and needs, Ranorex functional test automation lets QA teams function at their best.
Achieve test automation goals
Benefit from day-one productivity
Minimize the learning curve. Easy-to-use tools and a built-in methodology enable testers to create modular automation scripts that are efficient and maintainable, regardless of programming expertise.
Keep maintenance low
Accelerate the feedback loop
Monitor the impact of software changes on the system by integrating automated testing in your CI/CD environment. Trigger your smoke tests for every code change. Run your full regression suite in parallel or distributed on a Selenium Grid and get results in a fraction of the time.
Free up resources
Flexible training options
Valuable learning resources
The Ranorex Help Center is your one-stop shop for mastering test automation with Ranorex. In addition to our detailed user guide, you will find tips for best practices, release notes, FAQs, “how to” screencasts, the Ranorex user forum and more. The tools you need for success are just a click away!