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    What to automate and what not ?

    Hi,

    Any one has some clear/specific guidelines for implementing Automated Testing
    for Web Applications ? I am bit confused about what to automate and what not !

    Thanks,

    Kotteeswaran AK

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    Re: What to automate and what not ?

    What I look at to determine if a test should be automated is:

    How difficult is it to automate?

    If I have a test that takes me 16 hours to automate and 2 minutes to execute manually. I would have to execute the test 480 times (On different itterations of the application) to break even on the Manhours spent on the test. (Not a good canidate)

    How many times will I have to execute the test?

    Is this a test we will execute a 6 dozen times and then expect to retire it? Or will this test become a key piece in determining if the system is ready to go out the door.

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    Re: What to automate and what not ?

    There are several good reasons to automate, but I think the best reason is this:
    The test is a good automation candidate is if the computer will do a better job executing the test than the human.

    There are other reasons as well, maybe Brian Marick's paper on automation will be useful for you to read:
    http://www.testing.com/writings/automate.pdf

    I also think this paper by James Bach should be a prerequisite for any automation tool projects:
    http://www.satisfice.com/articles/te..._snake_oil.pdf Cem Kaner also has some great points in this paper:
    http://www.kaner.com/pdfs/shelfwar.pdf , and in this one: http://www.kaner.com/testarch.html
    Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.
    --Donald Knuth

 

 

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