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Why Should You Automate Your Functional UI Tests?

Faced with frequent product releases and system upgrades, there is increasing pressure on resources used in software testing. While manual testing through the user interface (UI) can be time-consuming, one way, as we all know by now, to free up tester hours is to automate.

However, some test automation tools rely on coding capabilities, which creates a dependency on the development team, or requires the testers to learn how to code.  In this article, we will outline why you should automate your functional UI tests using a codeless automation tool in order to manage your resources more efficiently and allow testers to take back full ownership of the testing process.   

What is functional UI testing?

In functional UI testing, the aim is to test the functionality of your software from the perspective of the end-user. The purpose of the test is to verify whether the developed software behaves as per design.­­ This approach to testing is also known as black box testing, as functionality can be tested without knowing the internal workings of the software. This is beneficial for development as tests can be conducted by non-developers because the testers do not need to know programming languages or how the software has been implemented. An added bonus to this is the reduction of developer-bias, as the tester has not been involved in creating the application.

Read: The Complete Guide to Test Automation

Automating functional UI tests

As with all testing, when performed manually the process is time-consuming and there is a risk of human error. Automation, which is generally implemented to reduce risk, lower costs and increase execution, is key to solving this issue. By automating UI testing it is possible to increase efficiency and decrease developer dependency. However, many UI test tools still rely on code, so this means that the testers either must learn to code or rely on help from the development team to create the tests. This is in many ways counter-intuitive to the potential benefits of decreasing developer bias and dependency. A solution to this issue is to automate functional UI testing with a codeless automation tool.

Automating functional UI testing using LEAPWORK

LEAPWORK is an automation tool which can be utilized for automating functional UI tests. With this tool you can minimize developer dependency as tests can be set up without coding knowledge. With LEAPWORK you can design test cases using a visual language, across browsers, operating systems and web applications. Automating functional UI testing has many benefits, many of which are increased when you use LEAPWORK. With this product, testers can take back ownership of test cases and functional UI testing, without having to learn how to code or relying on help from programmers.

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