Automation testing – what and why?
Before we talk about Automation Testing, let’s first understand the term – “automation”. Automation is a process using which we can automate a manual process with the use of technology. The aim is to eliminate or reduce human/manual efforts as much as possible. Now let’s see, Automation Testing. It is a software testing technique to test the software and compare the actual outcome with the expected outcome. This can be achieved by writing test scripts or using any automation testing tool/framework. Test automation is used to automate repetitive tasks and other testing tasks which are difficult to perform manually.
Automation Testing is the recommended way to increase the execution speed, effectiveness, and test coverage in software testing. Automated software testing is important due to the following reasons:
- Rigorous Manual Testing of all scenarios is a time-consuming process.
- You can execute the test from anywhere in the world and anytime you want to.
- Test Automation increases the speed of test execution.
- Automation helps increase Test Coverage.
- Manual Testing can become boring and hence error-prone.
If the quality of your product is your number one priority, I strongly believe in using automated testing as part of your regular day-to-day development practices. It will ensure that your application is tested properly and gives confidence to developers, management, and customers. Automated testing has an upfront cost and they do take time to develop. The investment will pay off in the long term, in terms of reduced workload, eliminating manual errors, accuracy, and savings on cost and time.