Traditionally, test automation has been associated with writing test scripts. These make life easier for the testing team and help expand your test coverage. However, as easy as it may sound, the creation and maintenance of test scripts is something that can only be done by dedicated QA engineers or developers.
Against the backdrop of a talent crunch and rising development expenses, companies end up getting less functionality covered with automated tests and struggle to find the right talent for test creation. So, how can you make test automation more accessible? This is when codeless automation testing enters the stage.
The basics of no-code testing
Over the last few years, no-code and low-code concepts have emerged as trending concepts in the technology market, along with artificial intelligence, VR/AR, blockchain, and others. In 2020, the global no-code market was valued at over $12 billion. By 2028, it will gain traction at a CAGR of 24.2%.
As the name implies, no-code, or scriptless, testing enables users to achieve test automation without writing a single line of code. Codeless automation testing tools, like DogQ, cater to both professionals and non-technical users, allowing them to test a solution for specific use cases.
But while scriptless tools do all the heavy lifting, are they better than code-based testing solutions?
Scriptless vs code-based automation testing
Below, you’ll find the main differentiators and crucial differences between both approaches.
As we’ve mentioned, a codeless automation testing tool doesn’t require you to have zillions ( or even one) of programming languages in your skillset. In this case, you can independently test your app inside and out through the UI of the tool.
Conversely, a code-based approach is inseparable from the scripts written by the testers. Therefore, traditional automation tools are hard to navigate unless you have proven programming expertise.
So we are clear on the fact that writing scripts takes time, effort, and dedication. Along with these precursors, coded tools come as open-source software with countless libraries and additional tools contributed by the community. To maneuver the miscellany of these add-ons, one needs to know their way around the tool, which also takes time and hampers swift release.
Scriptless solutions, on the contrary, come with a readily available set of tools – all in one place. As the code is hidden from the public, the software is built with the end user in mind. However, closed-source software poses additional challenges linked to installing third-party plugins.
This comparison criterion has no variant reading as test cases can only be customized via coding. Therefore, if you need a particular function, you have the flexibility to add it manually into your testing regimen. Conversely, only a few automated code-free solutions allow customization with most functions being added by the provider.
Notably, scriptless test tools promise quick setup, faster testing cycles, lower costs, and high test coverage. Reusable test scenarios further facilitate the whole testing process and save users from the routine creation of new scripts. Moreover, these tools also tend to come with a built-in recorder and playback tool, statistics, and visualization toolkit, and automated reports to streamline the process to a tee.
The ROI of code automated testing also stems from faster releases and bug-free software. However, this type of test cannot be executed on a hunch. Instead, the very process of testing is preceded by long and meticulous planning, including tool selection, environment set-up, and other prepping tasks.
Test maintenance is one of the many dreaded tasks that plague software engineers. In this case, no-code automation tools are second to none since they inherently include a maintenance-free testing lifecycle.
Code-based testing, on the contrary, mandates you to keep your tests up to date with the code changes.
Scriptless tests can have our back whenever you’re short on time or budget. Moreover, some teams use code-free validations to catch up with the development cycle in case their development and testing aren’t synchronized.
From a technical standpoint, UI tests are the primary field of application for a fresh codeless test suite. Moreover, hand-free automation excels at testing simple web apps and websites. The frequency of regressive testing can also be handled by applying the no-code approach.
As for the code-intensive type, you should save it for testing complex web applications and projects with direct test code requirements. Experimental testing is also better off with direct developer assistance along with usability and acceptance tests.
The final word
Codeless automation testing tools and code-based automated platforms have one thing in common. They help you validate your solution before it’s released into the wild. However, while human-assisted automation requires time and programming knowledge, no-code tools get the job done with the least effort and time. Nevertheless, we recommend choosing the right automation tool based on your budget, application complexity, and existing team capacity.
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