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What features of web testing tools are most helpful for you?

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Michael Tomara
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What features of web testing tools are most helpful for you?

If we talk about automating visual regression testing of web applications, there are some basic features which just cannot be absent in such a tool, that is:

  • emulate a click,
  • emulate a text input operation,
  • compare screenshots retrieved during different runs,
  • run the recorded test in another browser,
  • add a new test step etc.

But it's some unique, unusual options which make real difference. Something to do with radically facilitating the regression testing process itself.

For example, Screenster, a visual test automation tool has a special command called 'Invoke script'. It allows adding a new test step in the middle of a recorded test, which executes another test on this step. It is really helpful if you need to perform an operation on some other location before proceeding with test steps on a current web page. A real-life example is undergoing an email verification when testing the registration feature - you need to go to your mailbox and click a link to move further. So, the Invoke Script feature is really helpful for more complicated regression testing automation scenarios.

And what awesome features have you learned about when trying test automation tools of your choice? Care to discuss them?

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Joey Yang
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To me, it must be Record and

To me, it must be Record and Playback that is introduced by Katalon Studio.

I often change the content or functions of the website one or more per month. It's really helpful when you run the regression testing to make sure everything is still performing correctly after it was changed or interfaced with other systems.

Happy to hear more discussion about this interesting topic :D 

Helen
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I care about Reporting

Hey Joey,

I'm using Katalon Studio too. It helps save a lot of time compared to building own frameworks from Seleium.

Their Report feature is good enough with multiple report formats and customizable execution reports. They includes the enhanced Selenium and Appium logs, which is very helpful to improve testing strategy.

Yah, our team are quite satisfied with this tool, especially it's free :)

Michael Tomara
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Thanks for your comments!

Always glad to learn about new test automation tools :)

I would highlight again the importance of maintenance, especially for UI regression tests. It is often quite a painful part, given that you need to record a test just once, but then review it on a weekly or even daily basis (depending on how often does your team release), fine-tuning parameters, adding and deleting steps.

Here is a another review of most helpful features of a regression testing tool.

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