Web Test Automation

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Web application testing is quite different from the conventional software testing. Web applications typically work in a distributed asynchronous manner. These applications are quite complicated and their interdependence between a wide range of web-components could cause more errors.

Moreover with short release cycles and frequent regression testing inherent in Agile and TDD based development, as well as the need to support multiple browsers and OS versions, it is impossible these days to not have automation testing at core of a QA strategy. For example consider a large e-commerce web site with hundreds of forms/screens and ever changing inventory, promotional and marketing content = one can’t imagine doing without automation testing, to ensure that the functional and non-functional requirements from the software product are met consistently, reliably and in a cost effective manner.

HSC Experience

HSC has years of experience in automation testing for web applications both using open source as well as commercial automation test tools and frameworks. HSC engineers have helped customers in choosing the right automation strategy and implement it. Some of the key technologies/frameworks HSC engineers have expertise in include Selenium Web Driver, Selenium Grid, ROBOT, RIDE, QTP/UFT, Sahi, Watir, SOAPUI, LoadRunner, JMeter and others.

HSC architects have leveraged the rich experience and learnings gained from working on multiple automation projects involving different solutions to develop our own comprehensive automation frameworks WATAF (Web Application Test Automation Framework) and restTF (Web Services Test Automation Framework) that makes the process of web automation much easier and seamless than any off the shelf framework.

Some of the salient feature of HSC’s web automation framework are:

  • Drives web applications UI testing
  • Based on Page Objects and other best practices
  • Drives simultaneous testing of web applications on multiple OS/browsers
  • Support Cross Browser/Cross OS testing
  • Test reports can be generated in XML, HTML format
  • Built by integrating different open source components from standard Python packages/frameworks
  • Web services testing with in-built schema validation
  • Data driven testing

At a high level, the architecture of WATAF is shown below:

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