When researching options for an Oracle test automation tool, there are a number of things to consider, such as what capabilities should the tool have and if the tool should be open-source or licensed.
In the following, we’ll give an overview of three Oracle test automation tools and discuss the pros and cons of these, in order to give you a better understanding of your options.
First, if you haven’t already, read our blog post What to Look For in an Oracle Test Automation Tool.
Selenium is a highly popular test automation tool for several reasons; it’s free and open-source, it has a large community of users, and it can be used for web GUI testing.
The Selenium automation suite consists of several tools, including Selenium IDE which is a record and play tool that makes test setup easier, and Selenium Grid, which lets you perform parallel testing.
The downside of Selenium is that you need to code to set up and maintain your tests, which makes testing with Selenium a tedious and time-consuming affair in the long run - particularly if your system is like many other enterprises’ using Oracle: large and complex. It also only works with browser-based applications, meaning you won’t be able to automate across any desktop-based Oracle applications or other non-web technologies.
On top of being difficult to maintain, Selenium also doesn’t provide you with any test reporting or troubleshooting capabilities, making failed tests difficult and timely to fix.
Last, because it’s open-source, you won’t be able to get fast and targeted professional help if you run into technical problems, which can be a deal-breaker for enterprises dealing with sensitive operations.
Oracle Application Testing Suite (OATS)
Oracle has its own test automation tool called Oracle Application Testing Suite, but often referred to as OATS, which is to Oracle users an obvious test automation tool candidate.
It probably comes as no surprise that OATS is fully compatible with Oracle’s own applications. It also comes with built in automation components that can be used with Oracle’s applications, which eases the test design and setup process.
OATS does, however, also have its limitations. The first is that, like Selenium, it is limited in it’s cross-technology functionality, and it will only allow you to automate Oracle and web-based products.
Unlike Selenium, and other open-source tools, however, it does offer some premium features, such as scheduling for regression testing and test data creation.
Still, the limitations to cross-technology capability mean that if you choose OATS, you will most likely need additional automation tools to achieve complete test coverage and to have full end-to-end testing, which is the goal for most QA teams in enterprise organizations.
LEAPWORK solves the above problems by fulfilling the most critical needs for Oracle test automation, as well as offering additional features that are crucial to teams following an agile, continuous delivery approach.
With LEAPWORK’s no-code automation platform, enterprises can run test and process automation across all Oracle-based applications.
LEAPWORK also solves the common challenge of automating Oracle Forms by having built-in IE capabilities. This is also a solution provided by many other licensed automation platform vendors.
So what makes LEAPWORK different?
The simple answer is that LEAPWORK is so much more intuitive and easy to use, and that it is as easy to automate Oracle Forms as any other technology with LEAPWORK, due to the no-code functionality.
Conventional Oracle automation requires a sophisticated understanding of the Oracle technology stack as well as programming languages - a problem that no-code solves.
LEAPWORK’s visual user interface removes the complexity of programming, enabling cross-application test automation to be built using flowcharts rather than scripts, which not only eases and speeds up the setup of automation flows, but also reduces maintenance burdens - a major time-saver in the long run.
What’s more, LEAPWORK has robust and reliable GUI controls recognition, it has building blocks for driving any type of flow with any type of data, and it has added advantages such as parallel execution support, cross-browser support, third-party web cloud deployment, dashboards and reporting.
Last but not least, due to the ease-of-use, LEAPWORK let’s users become productive with automation in a very short period of time, because of the unique visual language that is designed to be extremely user-friendly. This lets teams overcome the most common challenges in automating tests, letting them see the positive outcomes of test automation quicker than with any other tool.
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