Test automation is the use of software to control the execution of tests, the comparison of actual outcomes to predicted outcomes, the setting up of test preconditions, and other test control and test reporting functions.

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Do you verify presence of text in your automated tests?

While automating multi locale application I had to stop using - assertTrue(selenium.isTextPresent("success text message")); where success text message would change for each locale. to - ...
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Align and maintain functionality across multiple platforms/programming languages

We are developing a library that we are looking to support on multiple platforms. We currently have a .Net(Desktop, CF, Silverlight, WP7), a Java (desktop and android) and a C++ (win32 for now) flavor ...
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Good resources for building a QA team

Our corporation has, up until this point, largely lacked a 'quality mentality' of any kind. From no testers, they went to two testers - but 5 or 6 product teams still rely on a mix of developer and ...
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Can someone explain Modeling and Prototyping?

In this blog post, the author points out that "modeling" or "prototyping" are one of the more effective ways to test software. http://kev.inburke.com/kevin/the-best-ways-to-find-bugs-in-your-code/ ...
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Test Automation for SAP

I'm evaluating a number of test automation framworks to implement on a SAP project. Right now I'm looking at Fitnesse, which we believe we can write some fixtures for, to call SAP Green Hat, which ...
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Best practices to test PowerShell cmdlets?

What are the best practices to test PowerShell cmdlets? The cmdlets I'm testing are writting data into a DB. I am currently using: Pairwise to go through most of the combinations Check that get == ...
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Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Load Agent - Query on “Usefulness and Licensing”?

I m a tester using VS 2008 - Test edition for performing web testing on web applications. So got a suite of web tests for different web applications in our company. Recently i was asked to perform ...
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What is a good way to refresh page elements when using WebDriver .Net with IE 8?

I'm automating a part of the User Profile UI we have using WebDriver Selenium 2, I'm coding in Visual Studio so I am using the .Net version as I am more comfortable in C#, and I am testing this with ...
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How to add screen shot for pass status in UI Automation

Right now as per default setting I am able to get screen shot for failed status but not for pass, per as per the requirement I need to attach for pass as well. Any one please suggest any framework or ...
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Selenium 2.0 Webdriver file structure for automation testing

My team uses Selenium 2.0/webdriver to test our enterprise web app. We've been learning and playing with webdriver commands for a while. Each team member has their own style to keep their script ...
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Is there a successful approach to automating security testing?

My team uses a security testing tool called Burp Suite. We currently try to manually run it once a release. One of my tasks is to determine if/how we can make that into more of an automated process. ...
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Different regression script development approaches

I am looking for different alternative ways of developing regression scripts. In our case, we have an application that deals with a lot of data processing and provides some results to the user. ...
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Automating form dealing with large number of element

This is more of test design question than pure Selenium question. I have a form in my application and while following page object pattern I wrote a method which has many parameters - ...
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Creating a dummy database for automated functionality testing

I have a continuous integration build server (using Team City). When people check code in, I'd like to run a set of tests which run through a set of functional cases such as: Using an administrator ...
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Is there an industry-standard term for choosing which tests to run?

I have been searching for information on mapping tests to code changes but I haven't had any luck. I suspect that there is some industry standard term that would have better google-juice. Suppose you ...
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Automation for export tasks (Word/PDF/CSV)

I am looking for ideas for automating export tasks you would usually see in reports (SSRS SQL Server Reporting Services example - Export to PDF/Excel/CSV). What I have observed is when you export ...
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What is the best way to create an automated test that asserts the precision of a matrix processing algorithm?

I have and automated test that test an algorithm and the output of this test is the percentual precision of the algorithm. Currently our team is trying to make this algorithm more precise, as well as ...
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Open source deployment validation tool

Asked this on stackoverflow and earned myself the tumbleweed badge... Anyone here know of any? I'm looking for an Open source tool to help with deployment validation for mainly web based applications ...
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What are the tiers of testing that should be done on a large scale distributed system?

Let's say you have a large distributed system in the cloud that's got dozens of developers working on it and actively adding code to. Your job is to make sure all of the quality gates are used and the ...
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Automated testing of Oracle Forms

What is the best test automation tool you'd recommend for testing Oracle Forms and why? Assuming a Windows desktop environment.
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USB storage emulator

I need to emulate insertion and removal of SD cards to write tests. What is the best way/tool to implement it in .NET?
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Recycling publicly available tests?

What are the best ways to reuse existing tests for new things? For example, Java and C# (Mono) both have tests testing their implementations of Hashtable. If I write my own Hashtable (let's say for ...
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Transition from all manual testing to automated testing

Right now my company only does manual testing. We've talked about starting some automated testing for a while but it hasn't taken off at all. It seems like automated testing would be a good way to ...
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What programming languages are good for novice testers to learn?

I'm looking for a programming language to recommend to a friend considering teaching herself software testing. I have a friend who is interested in learning software testing, and I believe strongly ...
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How to create Testcases and Validate the controls in Testcomplete

How should i validate my controls in Testcomplete by using the checkpoints. MY issue is i want that the user should insert only String in certain textboxes and if any numeric or special symbols are ...
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How to transfer Test Cases from one TFS2010 server to another

We have two TFS servers, one we use for testing the output of our developers, and one we use for testing features in TFS. The main problem with this is that it means I have to create new test cases to ...
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iOS UIAutomation UIAElement.isVisible() throwing stale response?

I'm trying to use isVisible() within a loop to create a waitForElement type of a function for my iOS UIAutomation. When I try to use the following code, it fails while waiting for an element when a ...
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Is there a good way to structure my test code so I don't have to duplicate tests for different browsers using WatiN

In my WatiN tests I am currently structuring the test like this: [TestMethod] public void Failed_Attempted_Login_Invalid_Combination() { using (var browser = new IE(baseUrl + "login.aspx")) { ...
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Test Automation for different Locale?

I have begun with automation for a product which is in one language and soon to be ported in another. The only good thing is - Test Automation is just begun. So there are two things which worry me - ...
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List and role of different types of testing environments

There are numerous of different testing environments that I have come across with, and ALL of them seem pretty useful and helpful but which ones are necessary. For example ... I have seen: ...
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How to use Selenium's PageFactory annotations with dynamic loaded elements?

I'm rewriting some Selenium tests according to the page object design pattern taking advantage of Seleniums' annotations. My problem is that I have some html select elements whose option elements are ...
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PageObjects: Aggregation/Composition vs Inheritance for nested components

I need to refactor my Selenium tests, and was wondering what the best design solution would be for a portal with a hierarchical page organization. We are using tiles, and we have defined a baselayout ...
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Is Selenium's LoadableComponent a good solution as test design pattern?

I need to refactor my Selenium tests, and come across their LoadableComponent wiki page. I began trying to use it, though I couldn't really understand what is it good for. I took a look at their ...
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Philosophy to write Objective-C unit test

I am a really lost about it. I can study how write and run unit test in Objective-C with XCode, but I don't see how useful it is. In resume, you have to write a method that will be called first to ...
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Can someone be a good automated tester and be terrible programmer?

I'm currently working as an automated tester. Mostly I do GUI testing in SilkTest, which I like and think I'm fairly good at. Recently, I've been assigned a COM-testing project for our application's ...
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What's the most efficient way to run lots of tests?

Here's my current setup: Compile on teamcity Copy the dlls to 8 agents and run tests simaltaniousisly (via snapshot dependencies) Finally taper them in to a single 'publish' build configuration. ...
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Test Automation Design Question

I am analyzing automation design for a web app UI Layer Web Service Layer DB Layer Intranet based app and limited user base My Approach for automation is Web Services layer Test automation ...
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Selenium IDE has stopped recognising pop-up windows

I'm relatively new to Selenium and since the update to 1.0.12, when I run my tests, each case with a selectWindow command fails. If I run these steps seperately, by clicking individually, it passes, ...
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Automate verification of emails being received

One of the applications that I have to do an enhancement to soon has a number of emails that are sent from the application. To the point of verification, I need to see the delivery failure ...
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Xml Diffing Best Practices

There's a lot of xml out there, and diffing it against canned data has helped me in the past. But there's a few things I find I need to do: Delete segments of the xml I don't care about ...
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Fully qualify window path after upgrading to QTP 11?

After I upgraded from QTP 10 to 11, it required me to fully qualify my window paths using descriptive programming. For example, this sort of thing worked in QTP 10: ...
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Differences in methods to select an element based on content in XPath

Selecting an anchor link with content, such as <a>test link</a>, I can see three different ways to do it using XPath: a[text()="test link"] a[.="test link"] a[contains(text(), "test ...
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how to implement a given logged in user role through UI automation?

As suggested on StackOverflow I am posting this question here as well. I am having trouble how to implement the Given step (with SpecFlow for example) of a logged in user role throught Web UI ...
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What are the best tools available to test performance of a MVC web site

I am new to QA. I need to find best tools available to test performance of a MVC web site. Please help me.
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Is jQuery faster than CSS/Xpath selectors for IE 8.0 in Selenium1?

I am planning to run my existing Selenium 1.x tests in IE 8.0. After checking few blogs and reading this, I tried to run my tests using jQuery locators with the method mentioned here. My tests uses ...
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Any personal experiences on EggPlant, cross platform and application automated testing tool?

As a cross platform, cross application automated testing system EggPlant looks too good to be true. Has anyone implemented a large automated testing project using it and what were your experiences?
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Testing webservice engine: best practice

I am currently working in a web-service testing project. The web-service engine works on a large set of input data and returns some data that undergo a lot of calculations and filtering. The testing ...
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Layered Architecture of Test Automation Software

I was introduced to a 5-layer-model for GUI test automation frameworks, that was considered common knowledge. But I would be interested in a source describing this model. The layers are the following: ...
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How can I convince Squish to recognise the menu bar on Mac OS X?

I'm currently recording some python test scripts for a Mac OS X application using Squish for Qt, version 4.0.2. The menu bar of the AUT works fine if interacted with manually, but for some reason ...
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Solving “SeleneseTestCase is deprecated” issue

I'm working through the "Selenium Simplified" book just to really gain a solid understanding of Selenium and Java. I know the basics of Java, but this one is frustrating me. I must be missing some ...