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Does automatic testing solve all the testing needs? Does it solve more than it creates? Can we minimize the problems that it creates? Does discipline approach help? Well, most of the Automatic testing problems and needs can be solved but still lets be aware.
Tools are specifically designed to target some particular test environment. Such as: Windows automation tool, web automation tool etc. It serves as driving agent for an automation process. However, automation framework is not a tool to perform some specific task, but is an infrastructure that provides the solution where different tools can plug itself and do their job in an unified manner. Hence providing a common platform to the automation engineer doing their job. There are various types of frameworks.
Testing tools can help automate tasks such as product installation, test data creation, GUI interaction, problem detection (consider parsing or polling agents equipped with oracles), defect logging, etc., without necessarily automating tests in an end-to-end fashion. One must keep satisfying popular requirements when thinking of test automation:
Graphical User Interface (GUI) testing - GUI testing tools know how to grab the information on every object or window seen on screen, it can be a windows object or an html element, or other depend on the operating system information API.
Some tools can even set a virtual blocks on the screen and follow them as an object.
After recording the test scenario the tester can edit the script and add to it parameters, conditions, loops, etc., This might requires some scripting skills, but not necessary the traditional scripting language.
A growing trend in software development is the use of xUnit testing frameworks JUnit, NUnit, PhpUnit, etc. they allow unit tests executions to test specific code scenarios and sections. It can also help on testing code API with few argument options.
Test cases describe test scenarios that need to be verify to make sure the program runs as expected and according to its requirements. Code Drive Testing, and code driven test automation is a key feature of Agile software development practice.
Code drive testing also know as Test Driven Development (TDD).