Functional Test Automation
Functional testing is one of the critical and time consuming steps of software development lifecycle. It involves testing the application behavior in response to strategically selected inputs and determining whether it conforms to specifications. Automating functional testing not only helps save time and money for organizations but it also helps increase the test coverage and avoid human error in executing the tests.
While software test automation is proven to deliver value, there are many challenges that prevent organizations, especially small to medium ones, from implementing it effectively. One of the software test automation challenges is the need for having resources with scripting or programming skill set. BeatBlip eliminates the need for having specialized skill set for test automation. It uses a simple action keyword methodology to help automate functional tests. BeatBlip’s intuitive interface combined with simple to use action keyword approach, empowers test engineers and business users to automate testing with utmost ease and speed.
The emergence of many client side scripting technologies, that may not work consistently across different browsers, necessitates that the web application is tested in all browsers that the end users might use. And testing in multiple browsers means performing same test multiple times which is expensive.
Also in agile development, web applications undergo a very rapid and frequent change. The UI in particular tends to go through many iterations. So the automated tests must handle the change without requiring a major effort otherwise the value of automation is lost to the maintenance overhead.
Automating functional testing for a web application via BeatBlip offers many benefits –
- Real Browser Testing – BeatBlip exercises real browsers to test the web application. This helps catch any browser compatibility issues along with functional test validation.
- Browser Agnostic – Execute same tests across multiple browser types and browser versions. Write the test case once and execute it multiple times under different environment configurations.
- Parallel Test Execution – Run tests in parallel to save test time.
- Screenshot Capture – BeatBlip allows you to capture screenshots for every step of the web application functional test regardless of whether it fails or passes. This helps in catching any UI issues early on, performing root cause analysis around regression test failures, and logging detailed bugs in the bug tracking system.
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the preferred medium to consume content and therefore enterprises must adapt and reposition their offerings to this new norm to stay competitive and relevant. The question is not whether to go mobile or not but more of how to go mobile. Whether to offer a mobile app or simply a responsive user interface that can be accessed via mobile web. Regardless of the choice, testing on a growing number of mobile operating systems and an ever expanding list of devices with varied screen sizes is a mammoth challenge.
BeatBlip empowers test teams to utilize proven open source solutions such as Appium & Selendroid to automate the testing for native, hybrid, and mobile web based applications.
- Real Device Testing – Testing on simulators and emulators is often not sufficient. To uncover all the defects a mobile app must be tested on real devices.
- Parallel Test Execution – Same test can be executed on multiple mobile devices simultaneously to save time.
- Open Source Based Solution – Mobile technologies, both from hardware and software perspective, are evolving very rapidly. Keeping up with them is not easy for organizations. Having a strong open source foundation which is powered by a buzzing community of developers, allows BeatBlip to stay current.
Software development is fast moving towards API-centric architecture as it not only helps create robust and scalable applications but also opens up new frontiers for revenue generation in the connected world. Enterprises have embraced APIs for supporting rich clients on the front-end side and for integrating with multiple internal and or external systems on the backend. Application Program Interfaces (APIs) form the backbone of modern Web and Mobile applications. Software products and solutions today are no longer black boxes instead an increasing number of them follow open architecture standards to offer APIs that the partners and clients can use to access their underlying data and processes.
Additionally, the advent of platform approach to product development pushes organizations to offer APIs to the larger development community so that they can build plugins, products, and solutions on top of it. This not only helps organizations expand the reach of their products but also generates additional revenue. Because the APIs can be utilized by a diverse group of users and because the success of potentially many business applications — internal as well as external — depends upon them it’s paramount that they are robust and delivered on time. But testing APIs is not without challenges. They must be tested for inter-dependencies, diverse set of data, security, performance, and functional behavior among other things.
BeatBlip offers the following benefits to API test automation:
- Data-Driven Testing: BeatBlip allows to validate the robustness of an API via data-driven testing. It allows to invoke the same end point against different flavors of input data to confirm its behavior.
- JSON/XML Validation: Manually validating the API response whether it’s in XML or JSON is extremely difficult as the order of various elements and attributes is not fixed. BeatBlip offers smart validation that understands how to compare the response data as well as element and attribute structure against the expected values which may not be exactly same.
- API Mocking and Virtualization: This helps with test driven development. You can not only utilize it to mock the APIs that your application depends upon but can also deliver mock APIs to your customers so that they don’t have to wait for actual APIs to begin their end of the work.