Sensible Test Automation

Jerry Penner

Your boss has given you the directive to “automate everything.” So, what’s behind this? Is he expecting to reduce costs? Implement the latest silver-bullet tool that will save the company? Increase test coverage to avoid future embarrassment? How should you respond? Jerry Penner shows how you can manage expectations by asking the right questions and framing in business terms the capabilities of computer-aided testing. Discussion includes good and bad reasons to automate, and what should and should not be automated so you can find more of the important bugs faster. Jerry presents the pros and cons of open source and commercial tools such as Python, Sikuli, and eggPlant as well as the ones you forgot were in your toolbox like Notepad, batch files, and Excel. Leave with tips and strategies you can take back to make your testing life easier right away.

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