3 Traits of the Best Codeless Test Automation Tools

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Codeless test automation continues to be the way to go for web app testers and developers searching for a fast, easy alternative to the automation testing tools available. 

How do you choose the best codeless test automation tool? Here, we’ll cover the essential traits. First, what are codeless test automation tools? 

What are codeless test automation tools?

Codeless automation testing tools let testers of any skill level build and maintain automated tests. Using a codeless testing platform, testers can build tests visually while all the scripts (which require coding) are generated automatically behind the scenes.

The best codeless test automation tools are user-friendly

By definition, codeless automation testing tools are more user-friendly than code-based options. They let teams with minimal or mixed technical aptitudes build test scenarios quickly and easily.

There are a few questions to consider when determining whether or not a tool is user-friendly.

Is the UI intuitive?

Your codeless testing tool should have a UI that’s intuitive to both manual testers and developers. Both should easily understand which elements they are testing while trialing the tool. When these two very different user types are on the same page, you’ll see noticeable increases in collaboration. You’ll also increase visibility into any testing gaps. 

Finally, an intuitive UI allows non-technical users to create tests before code has been written — for example, based on the product wireframe. You can test earlier and more often and start seeing the many benefits of the shift-left movement.

Can you reuse test steps?

A best practice in test design is to build tests with reusable steps. There are two reasons for this. First, it drastically shortens test creation time. Second, it dramatically reduces the time spent on maintenance. You apply a change once and it reapplies to all tests using the same test.  If your codeless test automation tool enables test reuse, your testers will spend significantly less time designing and modifying complex tests. 

In the past, you could only use code-based tools to build reusable test scenarios, which is a complex and cumbersome technical process. Business testers who didn’t have coding skills had to use recorders. While recorders are easy to use, they don’t allow for test reuse. Rather, recorders require testers to re-record every flow independently when there is a change.

Codeless test automation tools should offer the best of both worlds. They should function as simply as a recorder, but also let you create test scenarios that you can reuse and update to reflect changes in the application.

These functionalities lead to a more user-friendly tool. Updates made in one scenario are applied to every other test that uses that test case, which reduces test creation and modification time.

The best codeless test automation tools have AI & ML capabilities

As artificial intelligence and machine learning in testing become more popular, many codeless test automation tools have incorporated these capabilities into their platforms. One especially important feature to look out for in your codeless platform? Find out if it uses AI and ML to:

  • Ensure your tests are stable and resilient. 
  • Minimize time spent on test maintenance.

One way AI and ML can improve testing is by acting as a type of self-healing technology that prevents automated tests from breaking. For example, AI can help overcome changes made in the app by assigning different weights to various attributes within each element (e.g. color, size, location, etc.)

Pie chart showing how codeless test automation tool uses AI/ML to reduce maintenance

AI within TestCraft prevents tests from breaking by assigning weights to attributes, shown here in a pie chart.

There are other ways that AI and ML can be used in software testing as well, such as results analysis or by showing issues within the test scripts themselves. Regardless, introducing AI to your testing process will yield substantial advantages. Make sure your codeless automation tool not only has it, but that its presence is actually relevant to your needs and success. Unfortunately, many companies mention AI in their codeless test automation tool without explaining how it adds concrete value to the testing process.

The best codeless test automation tools offer simple implementation

Even the highest-performing teams suffer from productivity challenges when switching tools. So, when going codeless for your test automation, keep in mind how long it will take to get everyone up to speed. There are a few ways to determine whether or not the tool fits these criteria.

Is it SaaS software?

A SaaS solution for your codeless test automation is especially helpful for distributed or remote teams. They can log in from anywhere, anytime to complete work. A SaaS solution is also extremely efficient to implement because it doesn’t require any external setup to get started. All you need is an internet connection to log in and start testing. 

Does it integrate where it matters?

The software testing stack continues to get more complex. So your codeless testing automation tool must integrate with the wide field of tools in the continuous testing process, such as CI/CD and test management tools.

Beyond continuous testing tools, your codeless solution should also integrate with notification and communication tools to facilitate collaboration, which also minimizes the impact of the implementation process.

Bringing it all together

Choosing a new tool for the team is never easy. But if you make sure it is easy to use, easy to implement, and delivers productivity enhancements (made possible by the latest AI/ML technology), you can improve the quality of your web app without missing a stride.

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