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Saturday, June 30, 2012

What are the advantages of optimizing test automation process?

Like all the other processes in the field the test automation process has also been optimized and has reaped huge benefits. 
- Test automation is carried out for the manual testing processes employing formalized testing processes and this automated test is then further optimized to make it much more effective. 
Test automation is like any other process that requires writing a computer program that will do a particular thing like testing in the case of test automation. 
- Test automation takes a lot of time but once if done can save a whole lot of time afterwards.

In this article we are going to discuss the effect the optimization inflicts up on the test automation process plus we will also chalk up the advantages as well as disadvantages of optimizing the test automation process. 

- Throughput represents a very critical issue in almost all the testing processes.
- It is quite important to take care of the throughput factor especially at the maintenance level. 
There are some general rules and approaches that have been defined to be used during the analyzation of the total requirements of the software testing system and these rules and approaches have worked wonders in reducing the test time. 
- Apart from these rules and approaches there are other things like new programming environments, new interface standards (like Ethernet) that helps in making a significant improvement in the testing system. 

Till now a variety of approaches have been validated that can be used for the optimization of the test automation process in order to increase the throughput.
For optimization we can say that using it one can make significant gains only with a modest investment of time and effort. The software quality can be optimized by adopting the best of the software testing methodologies available, tools, processes and of course people.

For further optimizing your test automation process you must take a look at the below mentioned aspects:
  1. Code, documents and inspections.
  2. Unit testing
  3. Prototyping
  4. Allocation of the time and other resources.
  5. Designing and coding according to the testing.
  6. Automation of the regression testing.
  7. Designing of the tests for the verification of the user expectations and specifications.
  8. Document analyzation
  9. Performing positive root cause analysis.
- Some of the software systems and applications are quite small and simple and so the time taken to process the requests is quite less and negligible. 
- However, when it comes to the larger software systems and applications, the optimization of the test automation process can save a lot of time for even the most basic test case.
- For testing any big and complex software system or application, the optimization becomes crucial. 
- The goal of every software tesing methodlogy is to ensure that the software applications works just like what the customer has figured in his/ her perspective. 
- One of the myth about the optimization is that it is quite expensive and hence it should be used when extremely necessary.
- There are people who believe that 100 percent optimization of the test automation process is an ultimate objective. 
- However there is no particular formula, the relative merits of the optimization of the test automation process depends up on many factors. 
- When you optimize the test automation process, the efficiency of the whole automation process is increased gradually. 

Everyday we witness a dramatic increase in the complexity of the computing environments which puts quite a great pressure on the automated testing thus calling for optimization. 

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