A Testers Guide To the Galaxy

A Testers Guide To the Galaxy

Who am I to write this blog?

I've been in the testing game for app. 12 years now and in the agile game for more then 14 years, started out as a part time tester in internal test projects, moved on to a role as full time tester doing automation, took my ISEB foundation, moved on the consulting world, now as test coordinator, became part of an agile project, added certified SCRUM Master to my CV, got my ISTQB ATM exam, moved on to role as Test Manager. Recently I have moved more and more into the agile game, adding CAT Certified Agile Tester, ISTQB CTFL Agile Tester Extension and SAFe Agilist to the list of certifications. So now I act more as a trainer (CAT, ISTQB CTFL & CTFL AT) and agile coach!

I simply want to share my thoughts on agile and testing and all thats connected with it.
Feel free to comment on my thoughts!

Worksoft Certify - the verdict

ToolsPosted by Søren Wassard Wed, November 02, 2011 14:04:42
First time I heard about Worksoft Certify was a short introduction to it in a presentation that showed the new trends within software testing.

The promise of "scriptless automated testing" seemed like a good portion of sales grease, because I've heard of "scriptless" testing before, and as you might have guessed, they were not scriptless at all, but simply capture/replay tools.

I then saw a video, and yes, it seemed that it was true - no scripting - not a single line of code!

Even then I was skeptical – could it really be true?

Then last week, finally, I got my hands on the product as I attended a Worksoft Technical enablement course. There it was the mystical product that kept stating that no lines of code were used / generated.

And yes, it is true – someone heard my prayers smiley

Worksoft Certify does not generate code, you don’t need to know Java, VB scripting, C++ or whatever language regular automation tools are using for their scripts.

That being said, I will emphasize that knowing just a slight bit about programming is definitely helpful.

So how does it work?

Worksoft Certify is a “fat client” which needs to be installed on the machine on which you will create and execute your test connecting to the product database in which all the objects, processes etc. are stored.

From that client you create your process. “Proces? I thought we talked about testing, creating scriptless testscripts?” – well – I had to swallow that one as well. Proces is testscript! This naming, and here I’m guessing, are named due to the fact that Worksoft Certify was built for testing SAP solutions. So they use SAP terminology.

But back to the product. You create a new process, name it, save it, go to steps, right click in the steps window, choose New, in the field Application Version you choose Select using LiveTouch. And then you are off and away – easy as that. From here of you record your movements in your SUT (System Under Test), after recording your actions and your checkpoints you then modify your “script” steps by adding variables where needed, set up test data that you need for your variables, and then you can run your automated test.

After a few hours of working with the product I could create quite advanced test scripts, which will work every time, now, and in a year. I was amazed!

Yes, it is originally made for SAP but you can test HTML, .Net applications and a lot of other stuff, as long as it is GUI based.

Being built for SAP it “plugs” in to SAP Solution Manager, you can import requirements and test scripts from SAP and export reports back to the solution manager. If you set it up together with RQM you can actually export the SAP blueprints, get your requirements in automatically, get test plans and test cases created automatically, then you can add your test scripts (sorry – processes), run them – report back to SAP solution manager, log defects in the SAP solution manager incident handling etc. – AWSOME!

A very smart trick in Certify is that it knows the SAP objects, and it knows them by version, so if a new version has update, added or deleted objects Certify knows that, and will inform you about it! We are talking about semi-automated script maintenance. How would a changed object be handled in an old-school test automation tool? You would have to find every single script where the object is used and modify the lines of code. Here Certify automatically updates the object and then you again can run your script – and it still works!

Another thing. You can reuse your processes, use them as child-processes. For instance Log in is the same for all functionality in my application, and I can therefore create a process that runs the log in and add that as a child process to my other processes, creating easy to maintain end to end test. Because, if something changes in my log in porcess, I simply change the one process and all of the processes where this process is a child to will now be running by the new changed process!

So my verdict? well, I think you already know that;

I’m impressed! It’s by far the most innovative tool I’ve seen in many years!

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Posted by Christian Deublein Sat, November 05, 2011 14:29:19

Nice one Søren. And for those not informed, RQM stands for Rational Quality Manager :-) You can read about it on www.jazz.net