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How Qualibrate leverages on data management to make your testing more agile

How Qualibrate leverages on data management to make your testing more agile

Martina Fabbretti

Qualibrate is a test automation tool based on a record-and-playback system. But also empowered by an easy test data management module. What does this mean?

Record-and-playback

Traditional record-and-playback systems have a big limitation: they are inflexible and the test cases are not easy to extend. With the traditional approach, you can only record your business process and play it back, exactly as you have recorded it.

What if I want to change the steps of the recorded flow? And if I have multiple data sets that I need to run the same tests on? Suppose, for example, you recorded actions that input data into an application’s form. The recorded test contains only those values that you entered during the recording. Most likely, these values do not cause errors in the application, but other data may cause them. So, you need to run your test with a different set of input data to ensure that the application works as expected for various input values.

Does this mean that you have to record everything again and create an individual test for each data set? That would be a lengthy and time-consuming process, not exactly in line with agile principles.

The answer is no! Qualibrate leverages on data management to overcome these issues.

How Qualibrate stores and uses data

Qualibrate is designed around the principle of making test automation simple for the non-technical user. At the same time providing advanced functionality for technically oriented users.

To record a business process with Qualibrate the user simply clicks a button to open the recording widget that is extremely simple to use. With just 5 buttons on the recorder, and clear instructions on what they are designed to accomplish, Qualibrate ensures the user is not lost in a ‘sea of functionalities. Throughout the recording process, the user does not see a single line of code.

Let’s see what happens in the background while you are recording your business process.

During the recording, the input data is automatically stored in the Data Management for the test script. Automation in Qualibrate works using three components: User Action, Object, and Test Data (optional for actions like Click on Link).

With Qualibrate you can also group steps into Chapters. A test case, or flow, in Qualibrate is a group of steps, organized into Chapters.

User data in Qualibrate 1
User data in Qualibrate - 2

1. User actions

Qualibrate performs automation using keywords, called User Actions. User Actions are what the user performs. They are captured automatically during the recording, without any technical knowledge needed.

Once the recording is done, the recorded flow can be easily modified by moving the steps around using a drag and drop functionality.

All the actions performed in a flow can also be reused as building blocks to build an end to end ‘Scenario’. Once the scenario is built, all changes made to the flow are also applied to the scenario. The flow in the end to end scenario is just a reference to the original flow.

Scenario in Qualibrate

2. Object

The Qualibrate recorder automatically recognizes objects and picks the proper method to map them, using an advanced smart object recognition system. You don’t need any technical knowledge to know which user action has to be used for which object. This is determined by Qualibrate during recording. However, you can still tag objects manually, using the method you prefer: ID, name, class, link, and xpath.

3. Test Data

The value captured during recording acts as an input parameter for the step. You can view and modify these parameter values directly in the web platform. But you can also add formulae for current date and time, automatically increment values (eg. for unique PO numbers), or references to other parameters.

The advanced Data Management Actions offers options to easily create multiple iterations of the data directly from the user interface. You also have the option to download the data to an excel file, make the necessary changes by adding formulae, and then uploading the data to the data management. The uploaded data can then be used to run an individual or several iterations.

The Data Management within Qualibrate is extremely user-friendly while being easy to learn. Alongside, it does not require any kind of technical knowledge. If you have basic knowledge of using Excel, you can easily manage test data in Qualibrate.

Advanced data management in Qualibrate

Test data sources

Qualibrate provides several ways to generate test data that can act as an input to a regression test suite:

  1. Import excel file: using the import functionality for data management the user can import data from an excel file and create iterations that will run repeatedly to create the test data. With the data flow management, this data is passed on to the test script during the execution.
  2. Open API: Qualibrate has an open API (Application Programming Interface) that allows the test data to be populated for any test case. The test will then be performed with the data pushed from the API. Even if a test has multiple iterations, the API is robust enough to ensure that the value can be updated for the desired iteration and field. Not just the first row.
  3. Integrations: as part of the ongoing CD/CI (Continuous Delivery/Continuous Integration) method of working, Qualibrate can be integrated with tools like Attunity, Jira, and other release orchestration tools.
  4. Command Line Interface: using Qualibrate CLI, Qualibrate can be integrated with any tool. The CLI can be used to invoke the execution of test scenarios on any machine connected to Qualibrate. Test data used for execution can also be manipulated through the CLI.

Advantages of data management in Qualibrate

Qualibrate orchestration, based on an easy-to-use data management system, offers many advantages:

  • Increasing test coverage by testing more data more frequently
  • Risk reduction: the possibility to change test data at will for instant use in testing provides QA teams with a realistic test environment that has the potential to discover defects which could otherwise remain hidden
  • Reduction of redundant test cases: thanks to the modular structure, actions and set of test data can be reused in multiple test cases, avoiding duplication and complexity of automated test scripts.
  • Continuous delivery: you can create test scripts when the development of an application is still going on, supporting the agile teams in delivering faster, with better quality.
  • Easy to maintain test scenarios: input data are stored in the form of managed text records in the Test Data Management repository. The data sources can be easily added, configured and removed

If you want to see how Qualibrate works you can book your demo here.

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