Month: February 2015

The GUI Approach to Automated Testing

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A graphics user interface (GUI) test focuses on testing the user-friendliness of a program, from the mouse click to access to menus. To put it simply, a single click should open up the menus and press buttons, while a mouse drag should move or highlight objects. While GUI testing is also concerned with how the buttons work, it’s also concerned with how they look.

There are three approaches to GUI testing. The statements below offer a simplified look at each approach. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Maximizing Automated Software Testing

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While automated software testing tools offer advantages like speed, accuracy, and wide coverage, the software testing team is still responsible for making sure all objectives are met. After all, despite its name, an automated software testing tool needs inputs from users, who are either the software developers themselves or an outside QA party. Here, then, are tips to maximize automated software tests:

Have a well-thought-out design test.

Home builders can’t simply build a home without a blue print. In the same way, QA professionals can’t jump right into automation without a design. If the QA team hopes to find all the possible defects in the software, they should devote sufficient time and effort to design a test with as wide a coverage as possible. Read the rest of this entry »