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The field of software testing has seen significant happenings in recent years, with the emergence of new testing methodologies, tools, and techniques. One of the most relevant trends in automated testing is codeless (no-code and low-code) testing, which enables users without or with low programming skills to create and execute automated tests without writing a single line of code.
Automated testing has traditionally been highly technical, requiring specialized skills and expertise in programming languages and testing frameworks. Unfortunately, there need to be more testers to do this job. For this reason, we assisted in the progress of the codeless testing, where non-technical (business) users can participate in the testing process.
Low-code testing typically provides users with a visual interface that enables them to generate automated test scripts by dragging and dropping components (test code snippets).
No-code testing tools provide users with predefined keywords that enable them to create tests using natural language, like writing a document.
So, what are the benefits of a codeless approach to automated testing?
Productivity: no-code and low-code testing enable users to create tests quickly and easily, in most cases, without writing a single line of code. These increase productivity and reduce the time and effort required to develop the tests.
Reduced costs: no-code and low-code testing eliminate the need for specialized testing resources, such as expert testers or programmers, which can significantly reduce the costs associated with software testing. Also, they significantly reduce the time to create tests; saving time means saving money.
Faster time-to-market: more people involved in software testing and more (automated) tests enables organizations to test their software quickly, reducing time-to-market and increasing the speed of delivery.
Extensive functional coverage: codeless testing allows organizations to write more tests faster, thus improving their test coverage and enabling more frequent and extensive testing, which can help identify defects and issues earlier in the development process.
Easier maintenance: codeless testing, but more in particular no-code testing, makes it easier to maintain tests over time, with users able to update and modify tests using natural language without the need for coding expertise or specific technologies.
Easier collaboration: in particular, no-code testing tools enable teams to collaborate more effectively, with non-technical team members able to contribute to the testing process without requiring specialized skills or the knowledge of a specific technology. Also, no-code testing allows non-technical stakeholders to participate in the testing process, enabling a broader range of users to contribute to software testing.
Combining a codeless approach with intelligent object recognition at runtime technology (without GUI maps, object/image repositories, code instrumentations, recorded actions, and so on) can further boost test automation.
For example, the Maveryx Test Automation Framework offers both codeless test creation and runtime inspection. Users can create No-code automated tests by Keywords. For example, everyone using Excel can participate in test automation.
Also, this framework provides low-code blocks programming IDE, supporting testing through the drag-and-drop of visual blocks.
Alfonso Nocella Co-founder and Sr. Software Engineer at Maveryx,
Alfonso led the design and development of some core components of the Maveryx automated testing tool. He collaborated in some astrophysics IT research projects with the University of Napoli Federico II and the Italian national astrophysics research institute (INAF). Over the decades, Alfonso worked on many industrial and research projects in different business fields and partnerships. Also, he was a speaker at several conferences and universities.
Today, Alfonso supports critical QA projects of some Maveryx customers in the defense and public health fields. Besides, he is a test automation trainer, and he takes care of the communication and the technical marketing of Maveryx.