Testing automation with UI Automation is easier than ever before. Moreover, you can use Apple Test, Google Espresso, or your favorite testing framework to run UI Automation tests.
What is UI Automation?
To grasp the notion of UI automation testing, you must first comprehend what UI testing entails. So, to begin, let’s break everything down.
A user interface (UI) is the front-end of an application that allows people to interact through its displays.
When running UI tests, it ensures that every piece of logic, UI feature, or action flow functions as intended. Here, testers focus on checking every button click, data entry, navigation, value computation, and other user interaction capabilities.
UI automation testing is a technique in which these testing activities do carry out using an automated tool. Instead of having testers browse through the application to visually validate data and action flows, test scripts for each test case did develop. When the confirming data does add, a sequence of procedures must be taken.
When a tester executes UI automation tests, the testing tool is the one that sends commands to the application to perform actions and check results. These tests do design in a way that they can be executed automatically without any human intervention.
Why Should We Automate UI Tests?
UI testing is nothing but a test to check the functionality of an application. The major job of this type of testing ensures that an application’s user interface or front-end functions as expected.
When it comes to Testing, manual Testing should always be the last resort. It’s not because manual Testing is inferior to automated tests. Still, because it’s time-consuming and risky when carries out by humans who could have made mistakes during test execution. Let’s find out why shall we?
Manual Testing is Time Consuming:
When you’re performing manual Testing, a dedicated tester must sit in front of the monitor for hours on end to manually verify each feature and action flow. Repeating this same process for all different user stories and requirements can be tedious and time-consuming.
On top of that, you need at least one tester per test case, which is challenging if you’re running many parallel test cases and have limited resources at your disposal.
Manual Testing is Costly:
There’s no denying that manual Testing is more expensive than automated tests. Manual testers pay more than software testers who run automated tests. Furthermore, only a few companies can afford to hire skilled manual testers who have experience in carrying out such tests.
Additionally, they need testers who do available on short notice as they assign various projects every day and cannot devote their entire day to just one project or task.
These issues translate into additional hiring costs for companies and higher expenses for clients because of having to pay for additional costs incurred due to the limitation of having just a few dedicated manual testers.
In summary, manual Testing is expensive and time-consuming!
Manual Testing doesn’t Scale:
Manual UI testing cannot scale well when you want to increase your application regression coverage with several test cases running parallel or distributed among several team members or an offshore team in another part of the world.
This is why you see many companies investing heavily in hiring skilled manual testers capable of handling a large volume of work daily to do more projects than usual.