The primary goal of any business is to increase its sales and increase the growth of the business. UX/UI Design plays an essential role in achieving this goal. The UX/UI Design of the application improves the user experience and customer satisfaction that ultimately helps increase the number of users of the specific application, as per Thinkwik and I fully agree with this statement.
However, this is a hard task since UI testing is very much a manual and a time-consuming process today. The pace applications release cycle may not allow for exhaustive manual testing, particularly because of the dynamic nature of changes to the UX / UI with every release. I go into more details about UX testing in my blog – Can Automated Testing Save us From UX Design Flaws?
In this blog, we’ll discuss the important aspects of why it’s beneficial to automate UI testing.
Benefits of Automated UI Testing
Automated testing uses tools, scripts/code to execute tests without requiring humans to execute repetitive test cases. Executing test scripts and generating test results are all performed automatically which brings benefits in the following areas:
- Load testing – This demonstrates whether the software or the application can handle the number of transactions it is expected to receive and to verify the behavior of the application under a normal load and a peak load.
- Regression testing – This is repeated testing to determine if any defects are left uncovered or that have developed as a result of the changes in the software or due to some unrelated components. The frequency of these tests makes it best suitable for automated testing.
- Performance testing – Required to analyze the speed, stability, and scalability of the system or application. It is concerned with achieving response times, throughput, and resource-utilization levels that meet the performance objectives for the project or product.
Challenges of Automated UI testing
Many software testers feel that executing UI testing manually is more rapid and effortless as compared to automated testing. The reason for that is that the main challenges that come with automated UI testing can be very complex.
- Complex web functionalities – Several web components are included in our web applications that become entrenched with other products and frames as well. They have intricate maps, diagrams, and flowcharts and testing for this can be complicated.
- The constant change in UI – Modern innovations require constant modification and up-gradation of applications. These new functionalities result in constant changes in the interface for the users which can be hard to test in the same fashion as before.
- Presence of too many tools – There is a myriad of testing tools available with many focusing solely on the user interface. However, these tools may not be accurate or valid and due to budget constraints or project complications, a lot of companies end up picking the wrong set of tools.
- Calculating ROI – The user interface is constantly changing and evolving and hence the tests change accordingly making it harder to determine the return of your spend on user interface testing.
Why choose automated over manual testing?
- To handle repetitive and time-consuming tasks
- To do parallel testing
- To do non-functional testing like load, performance, stress testing
- To avoid human errors
Automated testing helps in increasing efficiency and reducing monotony and delivers data-driven testing as well as testing of software on different platforms with different configurations. It also helps in ensuring continuous system stability and functionality with storing all the historical data for future records. This ensures shorter development cycles coupled with better software quality.
Catching bugs early on is another important facet of automation testing which ensures that tests are conducted as frequently as possible to negate the possibility of an unpleasant landmine in the software on the big day.
Reducing project costs also helps in increasing test coverage by reducing the number of people teams need to test which is another huge benefit that helps employees focus on high-value strategy and building the automation scripts. It gives teams and employees the chance to focus on the newer, higher-order level tasks than executing monotonous and repeated actions.
Software testing is an integral part of rolling out any application and UI testing is as crucial as it is complex. There are many challenges involved that make the process complicated, therefore it is important to choose the right testing, keeping in mind the project scope, the environment, the budget etc. Automated testing is definitely poised to erase many of the challenges that face UI testing today if it is built with the right scripts and keeping in mind the nature of the system.
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