April 22, 2019

5 Ways to Get Started With Codeless Selenium


If you want to get started with codeless testing, look no further.

Codeless automation testing is perfect for manual tests that are either hard to implement, require greater in-house skills, or are “flaky” and continuously lead to inconsistent results. Codeless Selenium is ideal for teams that are continually running into stability issues within their testing pipeline.

Teams that have a hard time meeting their iteration testing timelines and have a low percentage of test automation in their pipeline due to limited coding skills should also explore codeless Selenium.

As more teams look to implement codeless Selenium, let’s explore the benefits it offers organizations, areas that pose challenges, and our five best practices for getting started with codeless Selenium.

Keep reading to learn more.

The Advantages of Codeless Selenium

Codeless Selenium offers teams a variety of advantages. For example, it empowers better collaboration across all testing personas. This includes business testers, developers and Software Development Engineers in Test (SDETs).

It also increases test automation coverage, which in turn reduces any risks that could impact quality.

Codeless Selenium also expedites software release cycles. By reducing flakiness and allowing teams to automate the majority of manual error-prone test cases, it stabilizes not only the entire pipeline but also continuous integration (CI) and overall testing activities.

Challenges Teams Encounter With Codeless Testing

Although the benefits of codeless Selenium are numerous, we do find that teams struggle to implement this technique.

For example, they run up against questions like how to embed codeless Selenium into CI and their overall pipeline, and how to connect codeless Selenium to the existing software delivery process.

Other challenges to overcome include determining what test cases to include in the codeless testing suites vs. the one to leave running within Selenium, and when to perform refactoring and maintenance for the codeless testing suite.

Best Practices for Getting Started With Codeless Selenium

While these challenges can seem overwhelming, teams should not fear codeless Selenium. To get started, identify the tests you’ll apply it to and the people within your organization that will be in charge of getting codeless off the ground. This is an imperative step to ensure the implementation process is successful.

One of the big mistakes we see organizations make with codeless Selenium is that they go all in from the start – looking to apply it to all test cases throughout their pipeline. Instead, start small with a quick and solid “win” to prove value.

Starting small also enables teams the opportunity to evaluate from the start the pieces that can be reused across the codeless test suite. Many steps are repeatable and can be used as prerequisites for other cases.

These should be identified and made available for other teams to use, ultimately making suites more stable and speeding up the process of building new cases. Then you can start embedding it into CI and grow the suite with additional test cases.   

Once you have those bases covered, follow our top five tips for embedding codeless Selenium:

  1. Identify manual and/or flaky test steps.
  2. Mark tests as “codeless” to disconnect them from the code-based automation suite. This helps to avoid duplications.
  3. Record the test in a “smart” manner. This includes:
    1. Flow-based and exploratory recording.
    2. Reusable components.
    3. Robust object locators.
    4. Tagging for reporting and tracking.
  4. Connect codeless to CI and the larger pipeline for continuous testing.
  5. Identify maintenance and examination points for both suites.

Bottom Line

Codeless Selenium offers organizations a number of benefits.

However, for those teams that are newer to the concept, they should approach it with caution. Start small and grow the suite carefully to ensure value is added to the product. Maintaining the suite should depend on upcoming test cycles and critical releases.

Similar to traditional automation, you need to ensure you build a solid foundation so it can grow, scale and become the master suite for future testing. Teams that take a gradual approach to codeless Selenium will ultimately benefit from stabilized pipelines, better collaboration between teams and increased test automation coverage.

Learn more about codeless testing. Be sure to check out Perfecto Codeless.

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