Testing is easy and less time-consuming if you design the workflow keeping the reusability concept in mind. You plan, create, and store test cases that don’t need recreation for repeated tasks or minor changes. They should be ready for use as and when required. It’s like creating and keeping a library of reusable components that can be used multiple times across test cases.
This library is an integral part of the test automation framework as it stores repetitive user actions called in test cases whenever required, reducing time and effort for testing and making the overall testing process scalable and cost-effective. Designing reusable components for automated tests and workflows helps boost productivity and lowers the maintenance burden. This library is called Function Library or a reusable component in Opkey.
A few examples of repetitive user actions in a function library may include:- logging in to an application, adding contacts on a web page, or logging out of an application. The main objective of reusability in test automation is to make sure that you don’t add the same steps again and again. You import it from the function library as and when required. In case of changes in your application/workflow, you do not need to update all the test cases. You can change the function library, and all the linked test cases get executed the same way across workflows.
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Benefits of Opkey function library
- Eliminate repetitive tasks.
- Simplify testing with reusable test cases.
- Increase operational efficiency.
- Lower test maintenance burden.
- Hide complexity.
Let’s deep-dive for a few of the key benefits in detail:
1. Lowers test maintenance burden
A Function Library makes test maintenance easy, as when functionality changes and you already have test cases for that functionality, you do not need related test cases to be updated. Change that one function library, and all the test cases are updated.
Therefore maintenance is limited to Function Libraries instead of multiple test cases that involve the changed functionality. It ensures that the functions get executed as intended across test automation flows.
2. Increase operational efficiency
When you encounter a functionality again and again while designing automation flows, consider creating a Function Library. There would be no need to build the same flow again, and this can be used across test cases, helping you stay focused on other priorities.
3. Hides complexity
Function libraries wrap complex functionalities. Team members design automation flows with varied levels of insight into the application to be automated. Those with a higher understanding of the application under test can create components and function libraries for others to add to their design flows.
Therefore, all automation designers need not know the underlying functionality of the specific part of the flow. They should know how to use this function library in their flow.
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