Course Duration: 2 Days

Course Category: Software Testing


14 Contact Hours

Concepts of Automated Software Testing (Theory and practice of test automation strategies, tools and frameworks)


Course Overview

Many organisations would like to automate some or all of their software testing tasks. However, uncertainty about where to start and the high cost of proprietary testing tools often holds them back.

This course provides an opportunity to get to grips with test automation by combining a discussion of automation concepts with practical demonstrations of test automation tools. The demonstrations are all based on fully featured open source and "freeware" tools. Participants are able to easily acquire and experiment with the tools after the course.

This ensures that when the time comes to evaluate and select a proprietary tool, participants will be well prepared with an in-depth understanding of the role of automation tools, as well as their inherent strengths and weaknesses.

The course commences with a brief review of software testing concepts and then moves on to discuss the motivation and cost-benefits of automating software testing tasks. The core topics of the course include automation strategies; the different categories of test automation tool; code-driven testing; GUI testing; web-based testing and testing non-functional requirements.

Course Features

  • Provides a conceptual framework for understanding and implementing test automation
  • Identifies the different categories of test automation tool
  • Practical demonstration of typical tools in each category

Participant Benefits
  • Develops an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of test automation
  • Encourages participants to develop a strategy prior to acquiring a test automation tool
  • Prepares participants for the evaluation and selection of test automation tools
  • Provides the basis for ongoing experimentation and learning following the course

Who Should Attend
  • Process Engineers, Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) Staff, Methodologists, Process Improvement Staff
  • Software Development Managers, Software Engineers, Developers, Requirements Engineers, Requirements Analysts Test Managers, Test Engineers, Testers, Quality Assurance Staff

Course Agenda

Testing Concepts and Definitions
  • Cause of Software Failures
  • Verification and Validation
  • Test Objectives
  • Expected Test Outcome
  • Test Levels
  • Test Activities
  • Project vs. Product Life Cycle
Introduction to Automated Software Testing
  • What is Automated Software Testing?
  • Why Automate Testing?
    • Automated vs. Manual Testing
    • Automation Drivers
      • Reduction of Testing Effort and Cost
      • Better Use of Resources
      • Improved Development Life Cycle
      • Achieves What Manual Testing Cannot
      • Improves Accuracy of Test
      • The Two Compelling Drivers For Test Automation
  • The Business Case For Automated Testing
    • Benefits of Automated Testing
    • Cost of Automated Testing
    • Test Automation as an Investment Decision
    • Automation Risk Factors
    • Test Automation Myths
  • Test Automation Tools
    • Categories of Test Automation Tool
    • Selecting a Tool
    • Identifying Tool Requirements
Automation Strategies
  • Capture/Replay
    • The Capture/Replay Approach
    • Problems With Capture/Replay
  • Data-Driven Automation
    • Data-Driven Testing
    • Control and Logging
    • Problems With Data-Driven Automation
  • Keyword-Driven Automation
    • Keyword-Driven Testing
    • Parsing the test Cases
    • The Role of Fixtures
  • Connecting Test Scripts to the System Under Test
    • Via the User Interface
    • Using a Dedicated Test API
  • Test Oracles
    • The Test Oracle Problem
    • Automating Test Oracles
  • Model-Based Testing
    • Specification-Based vs. Model-Based Testing
    • The Role of Model-Based Testing in Automation
  • Hybrid Automation Strategies
  • Developing an Automation Strategy
    • Common Errors
    • Planning the Development of Test Scripts
Test Harnesses
  • Test Harness Concepts
  • Test Harness Demonstration
Static Tools
  • Test Case Generators
  • Test Data Generators
  • Data Comparators
  • Static Code Analysis
  • Static Tools Demonstration
Code Driven Testing
  • Unit and Integration Test Strategies
    • Top-Down Unit/Integration Testing
    • Bottom-Up Unit/Integration Testing
    • Why Use Drivers and Stubs?
    • Isolation Unit Testing
  • xUnit Test Frameworks
  • Test Doubles
    • Dummy and Fake Objects
    • Stubs
    • Mock Objects
  • xUnit Demonstration
Testing GUI Systems
  • User Interface-Based Testing
  • API-Based Testing
  • GUI Testing Tools Demonstration
Testing Web-Based Systems
  • Capture/Replay
    • Capture
      • Browser Plug-in
      • Proxy
    • Replay
      • Browser Plug-in
      • Driver
  • Testing Via the Browser User Interface
  • Browser Automation API-Based Testing
  • Scripting Web Tests
  • Testing JavaScript and AJAX
  • Web Testing Tools Demonstration
Testing Non-Functional Requirements
  • Large Number of Tests or Testers
    • Concurrency Testing
    • Performance Testing
    • Reliability Testing
  • Repetitive Tests
    • Compatibility Testing
    • Recovery Testing
    • Installation Testing
    • Localisation Testing
    • Usability Testing (verification aspects)
  • Security Testing
  • Non-Functional Testing Tools Demonstration
Testing Not Suitable for Automation
  • Usability Testing (validation aspects)
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Maintainability
  • Portability


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