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    Script Sizes

    Please could someone give advice on script size ,
    We have an Internet application that is used as a business tool for Representatives, Managers etc.
    Our scripts are absolutely huge at the moment.
    These scripts have grown from when we executed our core testing 3 years ago and contain steps of testing invalid characters in fields that have not changed in 3 years,our testing turnaround on new Builds in QA is not that fantastic due to the size of these scripts. The reason these scripts have grown is extra functionality had been added over a period of time but much of the functionality is still the same from the core days.
    I know it seems normal for scripts to grow with the application but do you compromise the static functionality that has not changed by trimming your scripts to meet the business needs on testing turnaround ?
    Thanks

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    Re: Script Sizes

    Why don't you think about building a perfect framework from these scripts, which will be reusable and maintainable? This is just one thought

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    Re: Script Sizes

    Thanks for your response, please be aware I

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    Re: Script Sizes

    Jimmy,
    there is no perfect size for scripts but you are correct to consider the assets you have and how they are being used.
    With automation script maintainance is important and if not carried out then you will get the issues you have stated. Jonathan Khol has an interesting comment on his blog on "using test driven development" for test automation over on http://www.kohl.ca/blog/. Mike Kelly has a blog note on www.testingreflections.com on "the problems with scripted tests", http://www.testingreflections.com/node/view/2057, Also I have given a talk and will be posting a paper in the QA Downloads section later in the month that I gave at StarWest 2004 on "Using Extreme programming techniques to improve your test automation".
    It may not be appropriate to go this route and it may not add value to build a framework if it takes a long time if there is little change to the systems for long periods. However it always makes sense with automation packs, once you have goals and targets these are aimed for monitored and maintained.
    There have been various articles on automation by a number of the forum users and how to ensure it maintains benefits.
    I also use risk based approaches and MosCow style ratings to ensure we run the best fit packs for the business that have value to the time constraints.
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    Re: Script Sizes

    Thanks Neil for your response,
    The scripts that we use currently are manual scripts so we are still in the dark ages here, but will be using Test Director in the near future
    What's your opinion of this application please,
    Many Thanks
    Jimmy

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    Re: Script Sizes

    Jimmy,
    it is a good test management tool but with the long scripts it is the time to execute that will still be an issue and a test management tool will not speed the execution cycle.
    It may assist with the ability to work out "best fit" coverage for the context and the requirements, though it is not a very strong visual model the requirements can be mapped in a way that works and the open test architecture allows this to be used with other more visual tools.
    Still sounds like in this context some form of Risk based testing could help, there are many books and articles on the subject, I am rather partial, for RBT, to the ones by Rex Black and the Paul Gerrard/Neil Thompson tome.
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