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Using TestPlant for Automation of POS testing
I am looking for an automation tool for testing Point of Sale and Back Office systems for restaurants.
* Does anyone have experience with this tool for this specific type of testing?
* What level of technical skillset is needed to use the tool effectively?
* If you have experience with the tool, how many test scripts were you able to automate and how often do you execute them?
Re: Using TestPlant for Automation of POS testing
Yes, we have customers who are using Eggplant to test Point of Sale systems. One that I'm thinking of is a large office supply company, not a restaurant, but the principle is the same. Eggplant works very well testing an amazing variety of systems including many that are difficult or impossible to automate using more traditional tools (custom video gaming machines such as slot machines, anyone?). I'm sure our sales team can give you more specifics if you'd like (send email to: sales at testplant dot com).
Because Eggplant automates the system under test visually -- interacting with it exactly like a human user does -- it's very easy for anyone to learn, regardless of their initial skillset. Of course, as your test scripts become longer and more complex, the ability to understand basic scripting concepts like loops and if/then/else statements will be essential, but the scripting language itself is exceptionally English-like and easy for people to grow into.
I'm one of the developers of Eggplant, not a user, so I'm not really qualified to answer your third question, but fundamentally our visual approach makes it possible to automate almost any process on any system. You'll never hit the typical roadblock of "oh, that uses a custom control so the tool can't talk to it" that testers frequently encounter with other tools. If a user can see it on the screen and control it with a keyboard and a mouse, then Eggplant can too.
Doug Simons, Principal Developer
TestPlant, makers of eggPlant, the Cross-Platform GUI Testing Tool http://www.testplant.com