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The Ultimate Low-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework

The Ultimate Low-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework
By : Sushma Srikrishna

Published : January 27th, 2022

Enterprises are embracing Low-Code/No-Code frameworks for application development and test automation and doing so for the right reasons! Imagine applications without having to code. This solution enables business users, analysts, and non-technical users to effectively collaborate with simple vocabulary (using domain-specific languages such as “Gherkin”) and automate test cases. The framework eradicates the need for Automation Testers who are specially trained to develop complex coding to test applications. This reduces effort and makes the process efficient.

We need to understand some terminologies before we get into the workings of Opteamix’s newly launched ‘Lo-Code/No-Code’ Test Automation Framework, and how its features help you make software testing easy.

Software testing: Through the software testing process, one can identify the defects, issues, errors, and even requirements that might be missing. Software testing helps save cost and time, improves the quality of the product, and enhances the performance and user experience. Testing can happen either by manually executing the test cases or via various tools available in the market.

Automation Testing: We are now in the age of complex software development as consumer expectations are dynamic and evolving. Organizations are under pressure to deliver next-generation software/applications at a heightened pace. Hence, organizations adopt testing practices that ensure they deliver high-quality software products. In simple terms, Automation Testing is a testing method that uses tools to run and execute the test cases to deliver high-quality, error-free software. Through Automation, we can reduce execution time, provide more test coverage, and of course, efficiency.

One of the most discussed terms in the Test Automation world is “Test Automation Frameworks.”

What are Test Automation Frameworks?

They are a collection of tools, processes, and programs that execute test scripts. The significant advantages of test automation frameworks are reusability, cost-effectiveness, minimal intervention, coverage, and reporting. Organizations either develop their frameworks or use automation frameworks from the marketplace.

At Opteamix, we have developed a proprietary test automation framework – The Lo-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework that helps us develop automation test scripts utilizing manual test processes with very little (or no) coding knowledge to create test automation workflows. The beauty of this framework is that a manual tester can create test automation scripts with minimal coding knowledge.  Analysts, Product Owners, Developers, and other team members can also implement test scripts using this simple-to-use framework.

The Lo-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework can run on Windows and Linux platforms. If you want to run business functions not covered in this framework, you can write your user-defined functions using Java or Groovy programming languages. However, we are constantly working towards enhancing this framework to help script test cases quickly with minimal coding.

Send us a mail at QE@opteamix.com to get a demo of this Lo-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework.

Here are a few salient features of our framework:

 

How to write and execute test scripts using the Lo-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework?

Screenshot of the Application 

The Desktop Studio Application within the Lo-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework has an intuitive UI that allows easy navigation, recording, and execution of the tests. It provides users with a ‘start’ recording button which internally launches the Selenium IDE. The Selenium IDE is an open-source record and playback test automation framework through which the recording of the test scripts can be started based on what needs to be automated.

Available keyword list

You can use different keywords from the pre-defined list of Keywords available in the IDE or create custom keywords. Keywords are used to generate the Gherkin text in the feature file. Once the recording is complete, you will have to save the file (with side extension) inside a designated folder within the Automation Framework Folder.

Process the recorded files with the ‘Process Recorded File’ button

The next step is to process the recorded files by clicking on the ‘Process Recorded File’ button in the UI. Performing this action will internally generate a feature file under the ‘Features’ folder, xpath.properties, and xpath-additional.properties in xpaths folder (the files will be generated under all the three locations).

xpath.properties folder

There is no need to worry about the object repository. The locators for all the recorded web elements get stored in the xpath.properties, where mandatory and optional properties are stored for web element identification. This means that multiple locators get captured for a single web element, which aids in smooth execution.

The Selenium IDE also provides the option to change the locator type during the test script recording. Once this action is complete, the processed side files are moved to the ‘Processed’ folder.

Running the test scripts

The test script is now ready for execution— click on RUN to execute the test scripts.

HTML reports

The HTML reports can be viewed in the ‘Report’ folder, which summarizes the executed test scenario step by step and screenshots captured with pass/fail indication.

Test annotation controls

Test annotations control the flow of test executions. Annotations such as @Group, @Ignore, @Speed, @Name can be used in the test scripts at the scenario level.

Data Parameterization

The framework leverages the “Data Parameterization” concept, enabling the test scripts to run across multiple data points.

Component feature

Additionally, the test automation framework has a unique feature called the ‘Component’. The Component is a set of steps that constitute a single unit of functionality and can be re-used within the other scenarios in the same or another feature file.

Configurations

On the Settings page, the Application URL, thread size, and choice of browser can also be customized.

If you are interested in exploring more about the Lo-Code/No-Code Test Automation Framework, get in touch with us. We would love to demo the framework and see how it will help you transform your testing/quality engineering.

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