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ACCELQ – End-to-End Testing Framework

End-to-End Testing Framework
Posted On: 11 November 2023

Regardless of how rigorously you carry out the unit, system, functionality, user, performance, load, and other  types of testing, end-to-end (E2E) testing critically evaluates the application flow from start to end. It helps simulate real-world scenarios and validate the system under test and its components for functionality, performance, and data integrity. Automating end-to-end tests using the right Testing framework will help teams speed up testing and become more agile.

Test automation frameworks help teams get started on automating the testing suite including end-to-end tests. Let us get started with understanding the role of end-to-end testing frameworks in test automation.

Why and what of End-to-end testing Frameworks.

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Frameworks are built to help provide some structure to test automation which will in turn ensure that tests built are stable and maintainable. Licensed or open-source frameworks can save time upfront, by following predefined guidelines and avoid having to write their own code.

Pre-defined frameworks, however, are not flexible as they are typically built to suit some fixed requirements and have capabilities based on such needs alone. They also require significant coding skills especially to be able to navigate and understand it. This makes it challenging and time-consuming considering that the coding was done by someone else. One such framework is Selenium; perhaps the most popular open-source framework with a has a large user community. It’s designed for web automation and demands additional tools for automating other types of technologies, such as desktop.

Must-haves for an ideal end-to-end testing Framework:

Cross-technology testing capabilities along with a user interface that will let all team members - testers, developers, QA managers, and other stakeholders - collaborate and create automation with ease. This will help ensure that end-to-end tests are created, maintained, and scaled, without any additional tools or workarounds. This will help teams handle bottlenecks and save resources. The framework must also allow easy, seamless integration into your existing CI/CD pipeline and be compatible with the existing toolset to avoid adding complexities to the existing pipeline. This will keep the development cycle agile and secure quality delivery at speed.

Data driven testing is another must-have as it is crucial to maintain and scale flows without hardcoding data into your automated process. Say, to test a login feature, it is not ideal to rely on a test that uses only one set of login credentials; it needs to be tested with multiple sets of credentials to ensure that it meets the optimum level of functioning.

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The Role of a Robust End-to-End Testing Framework:

End-to-end testing frameworks minimize testing efforts and maintenance costs and provide a higher return on investment for QA teams looking to optimize their DevOps and agile processes. With a defined set of guidelines or rules used for creating and designing test cases, end-to-end testing frameworks comprise a combination of practices and tools designed to help testing professionals test more efficiently. From coding standards to data handling best practices, an organized testing framework offers a single, comprehensive platform for carrying out any type of tests. It can help verify the system flow, ensure broad test coverage, and detect any issues in time. As a result, using an end-to-end testing framework, QA teams can increase test speed and efficiency, boost test accuracy, and lower risks.

Moreover, through minimal manual intervention, maximum test coverage, and reusability of code, an end-to-end  test automation framework can:

  • Allow different teams to rely on a single platform to seamlessly meet all their testing needs.
  • Enable robust and comprehensive testing across web, desktop, packages, apps, mobile devices, mainframes, and more.
  • Offer multichannel test automation across a complex and constantly scaling enterprise tech stack.
  • Enable a revolutionary approach to business assurance in any on-premises or multi-cloud packaged app environment.
  • Ensure comprehensive quality lifecycle management via continuous testing across the CI/CD pipeline.
  • Drive automated business assurance for cloud and packaged apps with real-time release alignment.
  • Enable business process-based testing for faster time-to-market and end-to-end integrated automation.

Capabilities of ACCELQ:

As an AI-powered, codeless test automation tool on the cloud, ACCELQ offers a robust end-to-end testing framework to test modern applications across the technology stack. This test automation and test management platform brings all the faces of end-to-end testing in a collaborative and codeless cloud environment.

Unlike other automation scripting and execution-only tools in the market, ACCELQ is a complete lifecycle management platform. It offers testing across web, API, database, mobile, mainframe, and more.

Intelligent Test Planning

Leveraging the capabilities of heuristics and analytics, ACCELQ paves the way for intelligent test planning. In essence, this helps teams create requirement-based, change impact-based, or other regression test suites.

Automated Test Design

In the ACCELQ platform, test design is automated through an intelligent universe model that drives the entire testing lifecycle – from beginning to end.

Test-Driven Development

The ACCELQ platform offers functional virtualization that enables test-driven development and removes application development dependencies. It automates complex end-to-end technology workflow and business rule validation.

Seamless Validation Handling

Screen recording and natural language editor provide the right mix of keeping it simple and code-free while easily handling complex validations across technology stacks.

Advanced Version control

Test management is tightly coupled with automation, inbuilt version control, and full-blown change management. As a result, this eliminates the need to handle traditional, file-based version management.

Faster Scaling

ACCELQ’s design-first approach and inbuilt modularity deliver automation that’s faster to scale up – all while keeping a direct visual relationship to application business processes and user stories.

Lower Maintenance

ACCELQ’s end-to-end testing framework needs significantly lower maintenance and aligns exceptionally well in the CI/CD pipeline.

As end-to-end testing becomes increasingly important, relying on manual testing approaches can be devastating. Imagine the time (and effort) it will take for QA teams to understand different test objectives, write the perfect script, customize, and implement the solution, and debug the results. Since new products, changes, and updates must be continuously brought to end users, organizations need to embrace a modern and robust end-to-end testing framework. This framework must allow seamless yet comprehensive functionality and performance testing. Being a DevOps and Agile-ready automation and test management platform, ACCELQ allows for rigorous end-to-end testing. It allows testers to simulate real-world scenarios and validate the system under test – without any coding.

Contact us today to learn how you can build an effective test automation framework from scratch.

Yuvarani Elankumaran

Technical Consultant at ACCELQ

Yuvarani Elankumaran is a highly skilled technical consultant at ACCELQ. With over a decade of experience in the field of Test Automation, Yuvarani is a seasoned professional who is well-versed in a variety of programming languages and automation frameworks.

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