Testing an application is one of the critical aspects of any SDLC process. In this fast-paced development environment, time to market is a crucial factor. Additionally, it has propelled the need for an efficient, reliable, fast, and powerful automation tool that can fit the diverse skillsets of everyone on an agile team. TestProject is one of the newest entrants into the long list of open-source friendly, community-powered automation tools. Since the launch of the first public version in April of 2018, TestProject has established itself as one of the most powerful and collaborative platforms that can help in delivering flawless user experience. Subsequently, tutorials in this series will take you on an exciting journey to learn specifics of TestProject with detailed step-by-step lessons.
In this tutorial, let’s kick off our journey by introducing you to TestProject, starting by understanding its basics, including the following topics:
TestProject Introduction: TestProject is a free forever automation tool for web, mobile, and API testing. TestProject works by interacting with the browser by using an agent installed on your system. This allows TestProject to execute tests on any remote system with a registered agent. It is built on top of Selenium and Appium which makes it compatible with Selenium tests. It also eliminates the installation of libraries and dependencies with its agent. Community-created add-ons make life easier by offering solutions to common problems.
Install TestProject Agent: TestProject is built on top of popular automation tools like Selenium and Appium. Its free forever plan offers all the features at no extra cost. It’s totally free and is used by one of the most active automation community across the globe. The TestProject agent is pre-packaged with all the dependencies and libraries that you will ever require hence, removing the complex task of configuring these. The installation and setup of the TestProject is quite easy; create a free account with TestProject, install the TestProject Agent and you are good to go.
Record and Play: TestProject offers codeless automation by using its powerful smart test recorder. Smart Test Recorder mimics user actions on the web and automatically generates corresponding test steps. The element inspector allows users to investigate elements and gives the flexibility to record actions or validations on an element. The recorded test is easily executed from the project inside the cloud platform and detailed reports with complete analytics are generated.
Schedule Test Jobs: TestProject allows users to create and schedule jobs. The job contains the list of test cases that need to be executed. Jobs can be scheduled for execution at a given date and time or can even be set for a recurring execution for example every weekend. Scheduled job automatically executes the tests on an active test agent and uploads the detailed analytics and reports to the cloud. It also offers email reporting, i.e. it will email the detailed reports to the stakeholder after completion of the execution.
Locate Elements: Locators are a vital component of any web-based automation tool. A locator tells the automation tool about the location detail of the web element on which it needs to operate. Buttons, Textbox, dropdowns, checkboxes, etc are common web elements present on a web page. TestProject identifies the elements present in the web page by using its DOM properties similar to how Selenium identifies its elements.
Parameterize Tests: Parameters are one of the most common ways to make tests dynamic or increase its maintainability. It allows users to provide specific inputs/outputs for a certain element in the test case. TestProject utilizes two parameters; input parameter and output parameter. The input parameter provide input values to a test step. The output parameter utilizes the previous input parameter and uses it to provide the value to the element on the test. Parameters can also be shared across the project thus making the test more maintainable.