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What is Web Application Automated Testing?

Testing a web application is a highly crucial and essential part of software development. It is a software practice that can be automated with the combination of different tools related to testing. It eventually reduces the need for human intervention and leads to incredible speed, reliability, and efficiency in your web application. It can be implemented and accomplished using various types of software automation testing tools and types of testing for that particular purpose and eventually increase the performance and enhance the user interface of web applications.

Automation testing is responsible for completing repetitive tasks with better accuracy and less time span.Taken From Article, Software Testing Automation

Why do we need Automated Testing for Web Applications?

The rise in the adoption of concepts such as agile is forcing companies to rethink the way they develop software. Automation, versatility, cross-team combination, and changeability are the main components for the successful adoption of agile testing.

As with all testing, the process is onerous when performed manually, and there is the risk of human error or fallacy. Automation is to be introduced as it is what we call less human intervention - generally implemented to reduce risk, lower costs, and increase execution - is the main explanation for solving this issue.

What are the different types of Web App Testing that can be automated?

The various types of Automated Web application testing are mentioned below:xenonstack-types-of-web-application-automation

Functional Testing

Functional testing is used to ensure that the functionality specified as part of the software requirements works deliberately from the end user’s perspective. Functional testing is a day-to-day knowledge that the test process that uncovers the most bugs lets the end-user explore the software.

Web Usability Testing

User or usability testing software can automate the research process, mainly when working with remote participants. User testing software aids you to connect with users and automatically gathers data without any deliberation and then displays who hit their goals or where users struggled, allowing you to build better products for happier customers, you can even call it automated end-user experience testing.
Automating user testing can save resources, reduce cost, get an overall test coverage, and have an enhanced return of investment(ROI) for design.

It's a good idea to have others evaluate your work with fresh eyes, and this is especially true in user experience and web design.Taken From Article, Guide to Usability Testing

Performance Testing

Automation and performance monitoring go hand-in-hand. Automation permits you to check and monitor the load and performance of the particular application 24/7, so when things go out of control, it automatically alerts someone, or you create a ticket in a service desk. Not only that, automation allows us to monitor performance in physical servers, virtual hosts, virtual machines, and applications giving us an enhanced output.

Website Compatibility Testing

To deliver a great enhanced end user experience, web apps and websites should work across various browsers, browser versions, and devices, including mobile.
It hosts all the possible combinations of browsers, operating systems,
and devices in our infrastructure to support automated web testing.

Security Testing

Automating web application security testing can help minimize human errors and also decrease the cost factor. For automating security testing in a web application, we need massive test coverage, the accuracy of test results, scheduled security tests,

Choosing appropriate tools and, in the end, to implement and iterate the process.

System testing of software or hardware conducted on an entire, integrated system to assess the system's compliance with its specified requirements.Taken From Article, System Testing Types, Best Practices and Tools

What are the Tools used in Web Application Automation Testing?

Katalon Studioxenonstack-katalon-for-testing-automation

What do we like?

  1. It is convenient and accessible to different types of testers(inclusive and exclusive of both programmings).
  2. It is flexible and easy to use with its quick, powerful features(robust).
  3. It also supports image-based testing, which is quite an enhanced and new feature.
  4. It supports integration with Jenkins.
  5. It’s known for its hassle-free, customizable execution workflow.
  6. It can support web application automation testing, API Testing, Mobile Testing.
  7. It has built-in support for creating test cases, generating test scripts, reporting results, recording actions. It is famous for its built-in support for groovy(java) scripting languages.
  8. It can be integrated with CI/DevOps workflow and other tools.

What do we dislike?

  1. It only supports groovy(java). So it is feasible for java users only.
  2. It is not an open-source tool. It is closed source code, and it further results in a small community.
  3. There are some performance issues, like more interruption causing the device to slow down.

Cucumberxenonstack-cucumber-for-testing-automation

What do we like?

  1. It is a collaborative tool based on behavior-driven development.
  2. It is an open-source automated software testing tool.
  3. It helps in writing acceptance tests for our web applications.
  4. It provides the amalgamation of both test documentation and its specification(specs).
  5. It supports multi-languages like python,perl,ruby,.net etc.
  6. It is provided with cross-platform compatibility.
  7. It can be integrated with DevOps tools like GIT, Jenkins, etc., for better enhancement.

What do we dislike?

  1. Integration and its dependency on generating reports through plugins can be challenging enough.
  2. Every time a new attribute or feature undergoes testing, we have to ensure all current steps and validate them to see if they can be used.

Seleniumxenonstack-selenium-for-testing-automation

What do we like?

  1. It is the most versatile automated software testing tool.
  2. This tool is open-source and widely supports all languages and frameworks.
  3. It comes with heavy library packages.
  4. It supports cross-browser automation, API automation, and database automation.
  5. Testers can use it for regression testing, exploratory testing, and quick reproduction of bugs.
  6. It can be beneficial in parallel test execution techniques.
  7. It is highly known for its flexibility with ease of implementation.
  8. Its integration with gauge automation framework, Galen framework, lambda test, etc., is trending nowadays.

What do we dislike?

  1. Test Maintenance in selenium can become cumbersome and even expensive sometimes.
  2. Selenium requires coding skills, if not exceptional but above average, though.
  3. It is only supported for web applications, though.
  4. Technical support and its reliability can cause problems, though.
  5. Flaky tests can be a big problem as they generate false negatives and false positives or vice versa.
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Conclusion

We have learned about web application automation testing and how the automation process reduces human intervention, simultaneously increasing the ROI and making it many users enhanced. The web application is one of the important components that drive business. So it is essential to provide an enhanced end-user experience. It can be achieved by leveraging automation in these web applications.

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