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Cucumber Testing vs. ACCELQ – Which is the Best Tool for Agile Development

Cucumber Vs ACCELQ
Posted On: 23 June 2023

The growing role of software testing is prompting innovation in the software tool ecosystem. Understandably, the success of test automation depends heavily on the capability of the tools. So, in this blog, we take a look at two extremely popular test automation tools, Cucumber and ACCELQ, to see which one fits today's agile development and software testing demands.

Highlights of the ACCELQ and Cucumber Testing Tools for Agile Development

The Cucumber Testing Framework

Cucumber is a widely popular open-source tool that bridges the communication gaps among developers, testers, business analysts, customers, and product owners. It allows teams to write behavior-driven tests.

The test scenarios are written in a natural language format by business analysts, product owners, or citizen developers and testers and do not require technical know-how. The tool simply converts the text into code, making it great for accelerating testing speed. The steps can also be written in any programming language, and the tool enables test reusability, thereby making it easier to maintain and update test suites.

Cucumber testing scenarios provide traceability between requirements and tests, making it easier to identify which tests cover which requirements. This provides complete clarity into the testing footprint and covers all requirements.

Also, Cucumber testing:

  • Helps automate the testing and documentation processes
  • Helps create acceptance test cases most intuitively
  • Allows product managers and business analysts to adjust the test scenarios and the product accordingly

The ACCELQ Testing Framework

ACCELQ Testing Framework

ACCELQ is an AI-powered, no-code test automation tool that allows testing teams to seamlessly automate functional tests. It facilitates agile development with a UX-focused test design and execution engine, brings regression-level maturity to microservices testing, and combines API testing with mainstream QA.

The ACCELQ platform allows agile development teams to integrate different types of testing with their internal tools, such as Jira and Jenkins. The unified test management capabilities allow agile development as well as DevOps teams to manage the continuous delivery cycles with a consistent approach to testing.

ACCELQ takes a design-first approach with in-built modularity, enables in-sprint automation with virtualized abstraction, and allows development teams to automate all aspects of the quality lifecycle.

Mobile, web, API, backend, and full stack automation in the same unified flow and cross-device testing in Plug & Play model are important features for today's development demands. The platform allows development and testing teams to design, develop and execute test automation with zero setup and no coding and without worrying about test flakiness.

Further, the following make it more relevant to current agile development and testing demands:

  • Zero code Web, Mobile, API, and Desktop test automation on the cloud
  • CI-driven regression suite execution
  • In-sprint automation to align with DevOps and Agile
  • Fastest Test Automation development with lowest maintenance.
  • Visual application model for business process validation
  • AI based Automated test case generation and data planning
  • Built-in test management , Version control and governance capabilities
  • Seamless CI/CD integration and natural traceability.

ACCELQ Vs. Cucumber - How Do They Compare for Agile Development?

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Support for Behavior-Driven Development

The Cucumber testing tool is made specifically for behavior-driven development (BDD) by allowing tests to be written and read in a common language. It also allows teams to start with scenarios first.

While Cucumber works for BDD, teams have to watch out for Gherkin-induced complexity. Gherkin can be a cumbersome and superfluous language and does not read syntax as a regular language. It can thereby increase complexity by impeding the ability to communicate the language clearly.

Cucumber can also be overly verbose, causing redundancy during behavior-driven development.

ACCELQ, on the other hand, has no language dependencies. Since it is AI-powered, no-code, and designed for functional tests, it is much easier to use for testing teams without deep programming expertise.

BDD focuses on keeping the entire system behavior in check and, as such, demands extensive test automation. As mentioned above, ACCELQ employs zero code test automation on the cloud. It also enables mobile, web, backend, and full-stack automation in the same unified flow. Therefore, it becomes well-suited for behavior-driven development.

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Test Automation Prowess

When it comes to testing prowess, ACCELQ does more heavy lifting than Cucumber. Cucumber is an excellent tool for BDD. It allows code to be executed with different software frameworks like Selenium, Ruby on Rails, Spring Framework, etc. However, it only supports the web environment. Cucumber can also only prove helpful for story testing and does not support end-to-end automation.

Given its capabilities, Cucumber can work well to automate 'Acceptance tests' in key enterprise platforms and packaged applications . However, given the frequency of releases, the demand for solid regression testing, the need to test packaged application UI & APIs in the same flow, comprehensive end-to-end testing, and dynamic object management mean that the test automation tool needs more capabilities than what Cucumber offers.

ACCELQ, on the other hand, is designed to support agile development and address software testing demands with greater skill. It supports mobile, web, and backend testing and also enables end-to-end Salesforce test automation and and other package app test automation like Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, Oracle, Workday, etc.. Unlike Cucumber, ACCELQ has no programming requirements. It also handles all complexities of packaged app applications such as Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, MS Dynamics, Oracle etc. with ease.

ACCELQ can also handle the demands of prepackaged application testing by offering features like:

  • Real-time release alignment with live cloud link that auto-updates automation assets
  • Instant new-release alignment
  • Business process modeled no-code automation assets
  • Multi-cloud integrated end-to-end automation across all enterprise apps and technology stacks
  • 100% reusable test assets designed with best-in-class modularity
  • Process builder studio with behavior-driven approach
  • Integrated flow with custom applications, microservices and back-end automation
  • Omnichannel solution with validation across multiple devices on Web & Mobile

In-sprint automation for shift-left and continuous testing, risk-based and defect-based test planning and test suite tracking, and the capability to get easily integrated with the CI pipeline for automated regression executions make ACCELQ more powerful than Cucumber.

Ease of Setup and Use

Both Cucumber and ACCELQ offer great ease of set-up and use. Testers need to simply install Cucumber, and they are good to go. The ease of use varies a little since Cucumber requires users to first create scenarios using the Gherkin syntax and then first-step definition in Java.

ACCELQ, on the other hand, is a plug-and-play platform that uses no code. Not only is it easy to set up, but it is infinitely easy to use, allows greater automation, and makes test management much easier.

Customer Support

Cucumber offers support across different tiers. Cucumber Open provides community-driven support resources. CucumberStudio offers community support and also a place to submit a support request. Cucumber Jira is a repository that provides documentation, access to community discussions, Atlassian-hosted discussions, and a place to submit support requests.

ACCELQ also provides robust support to all its users. It offers a centralized information repository to enable self-service. Moreover, it provides a community platform that allows people to join, ask and answer questions, and network with other testers to expand knowledge and solve problems. ACCELQ users can also access the expertise of a knowledgeable support team.

What are People Saying?

Both the test automation tools, ACCELQ and Cucumber, have their set of appreciators. Cucumber users love the tool as it is easy to use and integrates with other tools. ACCELQ users favor it because it is powerful to handle real-world test automation complexities yet no-code, intuitive and scalable. Straightforward test creation and execution, bug tracking capabilities, and Jira integration are simpler. Test suite creation, users say, is also 'too much fun'!

Summing Up

With all the features and functionalities laid out on the table, ACCELQ fares better than Cucumber testing for agile development. While Cucumber is a competent tool, ACCELQ's expansive and comprehensive functionalities, no-code, and AI capabilities make it well-suited to handle the dynamic needs of today's software development ecosystem.

But since the proof of the pudding is in eating, why don't you sign-up for a free 14-day trial and achieve continuous test automation and other benefits like 7.5X faster automaton, 3x faster test cycles, 53% cost reduction, and 72% lower maintenance?

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Nishan Joseph

VP Sales Engineering

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