Myths of scriptless test automation

Myth 1: Tool automation engineers are no longer needed

Truth 1: Being scriptless in no way suggests doing away with automation tools. Scriptless works in conjunction with underlying automation tools such as QTP, Functional Tester, Selenium and many others. While the scriptless approach allows manual testers and SMBs to automate test cases, scriptless automation goes beyond just automating test cases. A testing team needs tool automation experts to build, maintain, and improve automation strategy, technology assets, object management, and much more.

Myth 2: Scriptless is about sequencing functions

Truth 2: Scriptless is an approach to make test automation scalable without increasing costs for people, tools, technology and infrastructure. It ensures that the impact of change is properly managed without compromising on quality and market introduction.

It is true that scriptless makes automating test cases very easy. It eliminates the complexity of the testing tool. It’s a layer that sits on top of all test automation tools. This layer contains all code assets that are ready for use and reusable. They are not test case scripts, but granular level scripts that can be scaled across technology, automation tool and applications.

So scriptless is about getting these code assets in place that can be sequenced in more ways than one to build an automated case for any application built on any technology framework and tested by any test automation tool . Scriptless should promote scalability and flexibility.

Myth 3: makes automation the responsibility of a manual tester

Truth 3: While manual testers with scriptless automation can now automate test cases quickly, test automation remains a strong point of test automation engineers. As I mentioned in my first point above, scriptless automation goes beyond just automating test cases. A test team should ideally compromise about 20% of the test automation experts. What if you need to change the code asset used to build multiple test cases when the behavior of that particular UI object class has changed? Scriptless is an approach to build an optimized test automation process. So it’s not just the responsibility of a manual tester, but that of the entire team.

Myth 4: Once built is built for life

Truth 4: Scriptless work is about building an open architecture to institutionalize the framework that allows adaptability and flexibility for changes in tools, technologies, processes, etc.