Why to Develop Customized Tools for UI Testing?

Why to Develop Customized Tools for UI Testing?
September 24 10:00 2013 Print This Article

It looks like the diversity of test tools suggested by vendors allows to pick up needed instruments for any mobile testing, desktop testing or web site testing.

But in practice it appears that off-the-shelf tools have many restrictions because of vast field of application. They are hardly fit for specific custom testing activities. Such works demand customized in-house elaborated testing programs.

A software testing company often faces such a problem performing user interface testing. It is difficult to automate such testing activities because it consumes much time to create scripts for a great number of various test cases. That is why automated testing of a user interface has its peculiarities.

2 Frequently Used Methods of User Interface Testing:

1. One of Common Methods of User Interface Testing Is to Elaborate Automated Tests For Back-End of the Software.

So, it is necessary to develop the instrument that will check the part of the application code involved in user interface operations and the way the code processes data, displays outputs and so on.

2. Another Way to Examine User Interface Is to Draw a Parallel Between the Latest and the Previous Versions of the System.

Frequently the versions have various formats of storing information and their user interfaces differ.

To compare the software versions an instrument must possess certain features enabling it to perform the same test-cases on the both versions simultaneously. An off-the-shelf tool may be incompatible with one of the system versions or some elements of their environment.

It is better to develop in-house customized tools for such purposes.

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  1. Joe
    November 22, 12:01 #1 Joe

    Agreed! Although point 2 is not an option for any new development because there is no previous version.
    While automation has clear benefits in regression testing it may be easier and faster to leave some UI tests for manual testing. That way the tester can also see if something in the UI changed that is or cannot be covered by automated tests.

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