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Task Automation on top of Test Automation

Written by  Suresh Kumar Mantha

Test engineering today is changing rapidly to provide whole new levels of efficiency and accuracy.  One area that has garnered a great deal of focus recently is Task Automation.

According to Wiki, Task Automation is “Coding conventions that allow having simple scripts or programs whose job is to process source code for some purpose other than compiling it into an executable.” In less technical terms, any approach (piece of code, scripts, test automation frameworks, etc.) that reduces redundant effort is Task Automation. Then how does Task Automation relate to Test Automation? Conventional test automation involves applying software test automation frameworks to develop reusable assets (Generic functions, Business functions, Test Scripts, etc). In this traditional approach, a team of automation engineers would develop scripts one at a time on top of an established QA Automation Framework.  These  automated scripts (or automate scenarios) are developed according to the standards imposed by the framework (key word driven testing, data driven testing, etc).

 

With task automation on the other hand, a small layer of code carries out these repeated tasks of developing automated test scripts.  The following diagram compares the traditional approach to Test Automation enhanced with Task Automation:

 

These enhanced automation principles drove SoftSol to develop BUGFAST, which carries out Task Automation on top of conventional Test Automation.  Customers using BUGFAST experience more than 90% reduction in test script development time.

If we see Software Test Automation (be it web automated testing, java automated testing, mobile testing automation) essentially as emulating business users actions, then it new technologies like BUGFAST demand a paradigm shift. It’s not just functional test automation any more. It’s heading toward a convergence of test design, test data, test oracles, test execution, task automation and test diagnostics all integrated in a single frame work.  This really just scratches the surface.  Leave a comment or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interest in delving deeper into the advantages offered by these enhanced testing techniques.

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