Selenium Test Life Cycle

Selenium Test Life Cycle

Selenium Test Life Cycle Phases :

i) Test Planning

ii) Generating Basic Tests

iii) Enhancing Tests

iv) Running and Debugging Tests

v) Analyzing Test Results and Reporting Defects
i) Test Planning

> Get Application Environment (UI Design Technology, Database) Details from development team.

> Analyze the AUT (Application Under Test) in terms of Object Identification.

    Using Recording feature in Selenium IDE

    Using Firebug and Firepath plug ins(Mozilla Firefox) we can inspect elements.

> Select Test Cases for Automation

    Tests that we have to execute on every build (Sanity Tests)

    Tests that we have to execute on every modified build(Regression Tests)

    Tests that we have to execute with multiple sets of Test Data(Data Driven Tests).

> Select Testing Framework(JUnit/TestNG) and Implement.
ii) Generating Basic Tests

    1) Object Repository based Test Design (Recording, Keyword driven methodology)

    2) Descriptive Programming/Programmatic Descriptions

In Selenium:   

1) Selenium IDE
    a) Using Recording

    b) Type Test steps using Element locators and Selenium IDE/Selenese Commands.

2) Selenium WebDriver

    Using Element Locators and WebDriver methods.
iii) Enhancing Test cases

1) Inserting Verification Points

Using UFT Checkpoints Or Using VBScript Conditional Statements

Selenium IDE:

    Using Assert/Verify Commands

Selenium WebDriver

    a) Using Java Conditional Statements

    b) Using TestNG Assertion Methods

2) Parameterization
Replacing constant (fixed) values using Parameters(Variables/Function Parameter etc...)

We use Parameterization in Data driven Testing.

What is Data Driven Testing?

Testing same Functionalities using multiple sets of Test Data.

Why Data Driven Testing?

For Positive and Negative Testing.
Using Loop Statements and any files.

3) Synchronization
What is Synchronization?

How to Synchronize Selenium with AUT?

4) Error Handling
Handling expected and unexpected errors.

5) Adding Comments (Optional)
iv) Running and Debugging Tests

Running/Executing Tests (Mandatory)

Single Test Run

Test Batch Run/Batch Testing.

    Using Testing Framework(JUnit/TestNG) we can conduct batch Testing.
Debugging Tests (Optional)

What is debugging?

Locating and isolating Errors thru Step by Step execution.

When Debugging is Required?

Scenario 1: Test case is not showing any errors and providing correct output-Debugging is not required.

Scenario 2: Test case is showing errors-Debugging is Optional.

Scenario 3: Test case is not showing any errors and not providing correct output-Debugging is Required.

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v) Analyzing Test Results and Reporting Defects

Analyzing Test Results

    Selenium doesn't provide detailed Test Reports(Summary only).

    Using either JUnit or TestNG we can get detailed Test Reports.
Status of Test Results in Functional Test Automation

1) Pass (If expected = Actual)

2) Fail (If expected Not equal Actual)

3) Done (If there is no verification in a Test case)

4) Warning (if any interruption during Test execution)
Reporting Defects:

Selenium doesn't integrate with any tool for Test management /Defect management.

Functional Test Automation Vs. Defect management
Selenium            Manual
Selenium            Bugzilla/Jira etc...
Selenium Tools - Open Source

Eclipse IDE - Open Source

Java - Open Source

JUnit / TestNG Framework -Open Source

Bugzilla for Defect management - Open Source.


Can u pls explain more on the difference between the parameterization and data driven testing.

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