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Top 5 Powerful Features of Automated Regression Testing Tools

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Top 5 Powerful Features of Automated Regression Testing Tools

Himani Kankaria discusses regression testing and covers the top five powerful features of regression testing automation tools.

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Our generation is moving towards automation, and nothing is wrong with that. As we look into our day-to-day activities, we try to cover most of our tasks as quickly as possible to save time and effort, and sometimes, money.

The same scenario exists in software testing industry. I have already listed the top 10 great benefits of using automated testing tools for testing your applications.

Now, why I am focusing on automating regression testing through the regression testing tools available in the market?

To understand the reason behind this idea, let’s start with the beginning.

What is Regression Testing?

When a software is in the development process, the developers try their best to develop the product that fulfills the customer’s requirements to the fullest. We perform testing at each and every step while the software is being developed. This is called unit testing.

All the units are then tested to check whether they are working as they were earlier after integrating them with the databases, libraries, etc. This is called integration testing.

However, when it comes to modifying a part of the software, even a small edit can fail the entire software. We all know that very well, right?

Regression testing is an important part of the software testing process that makes sure that the existing application remains unaffected with the new changes. The major role of regression testing is to find out whether the existing functionalities are working perfectly fine and there are no bugs in the previously tested units.

Every time a new unit has been released, units have to be tested using unit testing and integration testing. All of the unit and integration tests are executed again and again in regression testing to make sure there are no additional or existing bugs.

Why Switch to Automated Regression Testing?

Recently, I came across with an article on the Top 6 Tips to Optimize Regression Test Suites by TestingWhiz – a test automation solutions provider. This article explains the following six tips that we can use to make sure that we maintain our regression test suites effectively.

  1. Regression test selection
  2. Regression tracking mechanisms
  3. Monitoring changes
  4. Periodic cleanup of old tests
  5. Regular screening of test suites
  6. Metrics analysis

It is obvious that the testers have enough to do to perform effective regression testing aside from just writing the test scripts. Here comes the need for the regression test automation tools.

Top 5 Must-Have Features of Regression Testing Automation Tools

Because there are so many regression testing tools are available in the market, it becomes very difficult for us to choose the right automated testing tool to perform regression testing.

Check out the following five most important features of the automated regression testing tools that can help you to perform easy and effective regression testing.

1. Records and Plays Back Your Test Cases

When you prepare a regression test case, you are usually planning to refer to it later. So, make sure your regression testing tool records and stores each and every action. You should be able to execute the same test cases for some other projects, too, with very little editing. This will be possible only with the help of this feature of playing back the recorded test cases as required.

Why would this feature be useful?

  • The record and playback feature will be helpful in building highly complex test cases with little editing for the similar kind of applications.
  • It will also save your efforts to find the errors in the test cases if the test fails.

2. Is Scriptless

Script-based automation is becoming an old story now. People are moving towards automated testing tools that don't require writing long test scripts and are not just limited to a very few GUI-based commands.

Test commands are in now. Testers need to just drag and drop the simple and easy-to-understand test commands like click, click and wait, capture, etc., which will automatically create the test cases. Additionally, they would only need to enter the value to the commands.

Why would this feature be useful?

  • Again, this is going to save you an ample amount of time in writing the whole JavaScript, Python, JScript, etc. code for your regression testing.
  • Using scriptless/codeless regression testing tools will help you reduce your testing-related stress and improve your efficiency at work.

3. Uses Continuous Integration with the Server

As more than one tester is involved in the whole testing procedure, it is highly required to store and execute the test scripts on the server. We need to automate this process of storing and executing the test scripts to speed-up the regression testing process.

There are many leading continuous integration tools available like Jenkins, Bamboo, JetBrains, etc., that need to be integrated with your application testing automation tools. If these tools come as plugins with your automated testing tools, it would be very effective to maintain the test scripts.

Why would this feature be useful?

  • Testers can easily perform the test scripts on the server.
  • The automated regression testing tools integrated with Continuous Integration (CI) tools will help to verify your application on regression cycles.

4. Reuses Methodologies

We all use reusable test cases when they are used in succeeding regression cycles. The regression testing automation tool that we choose to buy for our testing requirements needs to have some kind of methodologies where we can combine the various successful reusable test cases in order to use the successful test cases again and again whenever there are similar kinds of regression testing requirements.

Why would this feature be useful?

  • We can reduce the time required to always test the similar kind of scenarios with just a few reusable test cases. The combination of re-usable test cases can sometimes help in the complete regression testing cycles.
  • These methodologies can be saved for the future regression testing requirements.

5. Simplifies Regression Report Generation

Any testing requires reporting functionality for sure to measure the failure and success of a particular test case, whether the changes made in the application are tested appropriately with the newly developed or re-usable regression test cases.

The only way to track these things is with the help of reporting functionality. The regression testing tools must have this reporting feature to track the complete details of the test cases like the number of tests executed, test case status, test suite’s visual logs, priorities, ability to capture the screens, etc.

Why would this feature be useful?

  • Screen capturing features can help to easily log the bugs.
  • A detailed view can help testers make any changes in the test cases if required.

You may choose the customized regression testing solution from the various application testing service providers. There are also a few popular software testing tools available in the industry that not only help with the application testing but also make sure that you can automate testing for everything that is in and out of the application testing processes.

The only thing that you need to do is select the appropriate automated testing tool for regression testing, as it’s all about the functions and the performance of the applications that matters.

What’s your stand on this? Which regression testing tools do you think have all five of these features? Share your experiences; I am waiting!

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