In this article, we will get to know more about a term commonly used in the QA (Quality Assurance) world. It is associated with automated means of testing a product. Codeless testing, or codeless automation, provides solutions for developers and testers by ensuring everybody’s involvement in the testing process regardless of their level of technical knowledge.
So, what is Codeless testing? What are the specifics of implementing codeless automated tests? And how we at Q-Pros take advantage of such practices to ensure better and more guaranteed results for our clients.
What is codeless testing?
Codeless automated testing is a type of testing that involves no writing of code. It allows teams to automate writing tests without the need for code-writing skills.
By relieving the testers from the time-consuming code/scriptwriting process required in many manual code-based tests, Codeless Automation allows for more time within the Dev-Ops cycle, accelerates the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and channels more energy toward development and innovation for developers and testers alike.
Codeless vs Code-based Testing
By distinguishing testing approaches based on code usage/dependency, we produce terms such as low-code, no-code, and code-based testing. These terms are regarded as frameworks adopted by testing experts based on the business needs and requirements.
Some products require simple forms of testing by following the logic of use. These approaches require little-to-no-code knowledge, while other more complex forms of testing rely extensively on script knowledge.
Little to no coding skill
Requires strong coding skills
~ Less than an hour a test
~ 5 to 6 hours per test
Relies on self-handling tools
Proactive in nature
Tested on web and mobile
Mobile native (Appium) & desktop web (Selenium)
Test scenarios are flow-based
Test scenarios are page-based
When to use Codeless testing?
To achieve top-quality results, any organization should ensure a healthy balance of code-based & codeless testing methods.
Not all tests can be done via codeless means, some tests are too complex, and unpredictable, and it would be impossible to get accurate results without a hefty use of code. Certain tests for behavior for example are difficult to test for using codeless automation methods. An application being blocked on certain devices, or cases where different results are erupting irregularly.
In the QA world, tests are segregated based on objective, and by understanding the required goal of the test, one can choose a testing method that is fitting for the mission at hand. Rather than scanning all aspects of an application using one code-based methodology, relying on codeless testing first-hand regarding certain aspects saves a lot of time.
Components, features, and approach.
Selenium is an open-source medium used for automated testing. It provided companies with a good ROI (Return on Investment) in their projects by accelerating the testing process.
While companies relied on Selenium for automated testing, Selenium offered a component that allows the recording, editing, and debugging of functional tests, called Selenium IDE (Integrated development environment). Selenium IDE recorded testing steps and later provided the option to convert these testing steps into a programming language.
Basic features for Selenium IDE:
- Allows test case reuse via the Run command.
- Provides automation cross-browser testing using the Selenium SIDE runner.
- Supports a mix of commanding options like loops and raise asserts.
- Runs a specific test or a testing suite.
- Records scripts, which can be later accessed manually for editing.
- Its benefits can be extended using plug-ins (Third-party services provided by Selenium).
Another highly-ranked automation tool that offers a codeless feature is Katalon Studio. It is described as simple to use with unique features.
Basic features for Katalon Studio:
- Very minimal coding skills are required.
- Built-in test case libraries, project templates, and keywords.
- It allows for recording and playback.
- Used for API, desktop, and mobile.
- Allows for the use of plug-ins.
Many other tools that are unique in features are provided for test experts to make use of. Software development companies are adding and enhancing versions of their testing applications so that they can offer faster and easier ways of testing more efficiently. These innovative tools not only benefit testing experts or developers but also provide a sense of comfort for clients looking for better results.
Codeless Automation using Cloud
By utilizing cloud technology, we can speed up the testing process even more. Removing the supervising human user from the process and making sure that every aspect of an application is tested.
Several benefits include:
- Adjusting workload as needed automatically.
- Automation on a cloud test for scalability easily without the need for hardware.
- Cloud automation testing can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
- Security is provided by the cloud provider.
- Cloud automation meets robust requirements.
Q-pros is a leading Quality assurance company, with years of experience, we managed to stay ahead of the curve in all state-of-the-art testing utilities. You can request our automation testing services via our list of offers.
By reducing limitations, Codeless testing strengthened the cooperation between the developing team, testing team, and clients/end-users. This enriches the Dev-Ops cycle and in return guarantees better results and cost-effectiveness.