I've just started automating all the tests our team has (~5000). I'm using Telerik Test Studio for the Silverlight automation. I have some tests written, but I'm quickly realizing that with each test it's becoming harder to maintain. Here are some things I'm wondering:
In Telerik, each test seems to have its own Elements Page, even though they're testing the same Silverlight page. Can I not just reference another test's Elements Page? That would make copy/pasting steps a lot easier, since then I wouldn't have to add the elements to each test's Element Page individually.
Does automation allow for running tests on different computers? We have some tests that find folders through a SL directory browser dialog, but even though I'm navigating to tests through object name (not by point/click mouse movement) if I run these tests on another computer it won't properly navigate to that directory.
Are there any good books that can help a beginner learn best practices so I don't create 5k automated tests that aren't maintainable?