Business-critical processes of everyday work often involves several applications across environments, i.e. both desktop and web applications. This makes it especially challenging to test those processes with conventional methods.
Relying on programming for cross-application test automation is often both difficult and time-consuming as it would require in-depth knowledge of the systems and languages of the different applications involved. With visual automation design, a test case can be built and managed from one place, using the same intuitive logic across the entire flow.
In this post, we outline an example of a test case that involves both web and desktop applications to show how the same, intuitive approach of flowchart-based automation can be used in a cross-application test scenario.
Specifically, the flow under test involves three applications:
A desktop-based CRM system;
A desktop email client;
and a web-based email application.
Mixing the automation blocks
The purpose of the case is to test the sending and receiving of an email to an address found in the CRM system.
Sketching the process to be tested. As illustrated, the flow passes through several application boundaries. This sketch serves as the basis for designing the automation case.
The flow combines web and desktop automation. This is easily done in Leaptest by using a mix of Web and Desktop UI building blocks.
How to design the test case in Leaptest using flowchart-based automation. Click to enlarge.
There are blocks for each of the actions involved:
A very useful feature of this test case is how easily values can be shared between applications. This is activated by the blue arrow in the flow.
The element used for verification in this test case is an email subject line; if the specified subject line can be found in the inbox of the web-based email client, the case has passed. The subject line is set as a value in a building block for desktop automation, and then it automatically serves as input in the verification step of the test case that takes place in a web application.
The blue arrow represents the automated input feed to the verification step of the test case.
This direct transfer of values across applications and environment, without having to rely on intermediary steps, makes it incredibly easy to run varying test scenarios.
To learn how the automation case was build step by step, watch the instructional video below. It's also available in our Learning Center.
The benefits of automating a cross-application test case like this with flowchart-based design include:
Testers can manage the entire flow from one place.
The case can be designed in minutes and from then on, it can run repeatedly, 24/7 if needed.
The case can change hands without extensive handover between colleagues.
Values set in one application can automatically be used as direct input in another application.