All of us strive for efficiency, but what if there was a way of making such efficiency even more efficient? Confused, yet intrigued? The buzzword of automation today has ventured into a niche area of low-code and no-code software test automation.
As an up and coming strategy, low-code and no-code automation focuses on minimal efforts with maximum output. Let’s delve a little deeper into the concept and how it can be leveraged in the domain of test automation.
Understanding Low-Code and No-Code Software Test Automation
For companies, a rising need in the domain of automation has been to build and deliver robust frameworks that have an embedded capability to write and run automated scripts involving minimal efforts.
With low-code and no-code automation framework, people who do not possess the technical expertise of coding, writing and executing scripts, can do so with such a platform involving bare minimum coding.
This does not just play a crucial role for developers, who work on a platform requiring minimal coding, but increasingly is seeping into software test automation as well, benefiting engineers who are solid functional testers but may not have the required coding skills.
For instance, while testing an application, an engineer writing a script would need to possess a deep-rooted knowledge of the Page Object Model (POM) to understand the locators or create a comprehensive testing effort as a whole – the extensive architecture and approach in developing a test automation suite.
But this could be executed by a person possessing minimal knowledge of POM – based on which, test cases are created and run. Thus, in defining and running test scenarios with minimum changes to the code and through the low-code and no-code platform, ‘efficiency’ in itself can be achieved efficiently.
This also includes the growing importance of cloud – by integrating automation testing tools and frameworks with cloud for executing test scripts on different browsers or platforms, remotely.
A Proposed Approach for Low Code and No Code Test Automation
Wouldn’t it be enthralling to try your hands at things which you thought you never could? A seamless pathway for achieving it is via low-code and no-code automation framework. With continuous advancements and changes in the space of automation, keeping up with the pace surely becomes a challenge.
But with such a framework at your disposal, minimal efforts are needed for any engineer or non-technical resources for developing and testing a product.
Following an agile methodology, low-code and no-code software development as well test automation makes reusable components easily available for better integration through certain solutions such as visual development, dragging-and-dropping, etc.
Rather than coding each and every feature and workflow, ready-made elements are stacked together by developers for avoiding duplicity and ensuring a faster time-to-market.
As dragging-and-dropping the components for interface becomes seamless with this framework, scalability is effectively achieved. However, organizations might also face certain bottlenecks in terms of effective integration and security.
But these challenges can be mitigated with streamlined assimilation of reusable components for developers and testers to build and run their test scripts on. Developers exploit the exposed APIs and integrations with low-code and no-code application development platforms.
In a similar fashion, testers can also leverage such capabilities by using these exposed APIs for their test automation suites – wherein our domain expert also presented a solution with a TDK for rapid test automation at STC 2020.
A proposed and seamless process for effective automation can thus be achieved by such low-code or zero-code solutions for people as well as organizations possessing minimal IT expertise – rather than coding from scratch, they can configure such components with low-code and no-code test automation frameworks.
Aligned Benefits of Low Code & No Code Test Automation
Low-code and no-code test automation has transformed the entire realm of automation testing services as a whole. The benefits that come aligned with such a niche strategy are many – to name a few:
- Efficiency: Needless to say that software test automation using the no-code or low-code framework ensures utmost efficiency. With this framework, automation does not just become faster but more agile. Efficiency is also achieved in terms of the ease that comes in for using such a framework by people who have minimal technical expertise.
- Cost-effectiveness: This is easily achieved in line with the aforementioned point on the reduced resources for onboarding a technical expert. People with minimal knowledge of test automation can also go ahead using this framework – saving an organization’s time, resources as well as costs.
- Faster time to market: With an efficient cycle, the time to market speeds up simultaneously. A product can reach its audience in no time with the amalgamation of efficiency and agility of low-code and no-code automation.
- BDD framework: With low-code and no-code test automation, a BDD (Behaviour Driven Development) framework can do wonders wherein, an easy-to-understand language can help non-technical people use Cucumber, for example, for writing and running test automation scripts.
- Effective collaboration: A key benefit of adopting a low-code and no-code framework is that it propels effective collaboration between people with minimal technical expertise and QA teams. This is mainly through the seamless process of visual development and models which simplify the whole process of test automation.
- Scalability: As low-code and no-code automation frameworks help speed up processes, they also help in scaling the scope of organizations by deploying the ready-to-use components within their test automation suites. An added advantage herein, is also using cloud platforms for augmenting scalability.
- Improved Maintenance – The newer approaches around low or no code automation are also making “self healing” of scripts a reality. While this is easier said than done, any lead in this space, will help reduce the overall automation maintenance efforts, thereby saving time and costs.
These benefits are surely not an exhaustive set and would continue to evolve with newer enhancements in such low-code and no-code frameworks. But these essentially define the rising need to adopt such frameworks for expediting processes and deliverables.
Thus, with these latest evolutions, not only do the developers have an edge of bringing in efficiency by minimal coding but testers as well, in adopting such a framework for enhancing software test automation. These become useful for people and organizations with minimal technical expertise as well.
QA InfoTech, a Qualitest Company, helps you in amplifying your test automation processes with such an agile framework and the competence of our domain experts. So, what are you waiting for? Make your products efficient “efficiently”!