All the talk about test automation can be a little overwhelming. It seems like everyone is doing it, and in theory, it sounds great — who doesn’t want to release software faster and with fewer bugs?
In practice, though, you’ve probably experienced that making test automation a part of your organization’s day-to-day workflows is another story. Learning Selenium is challenging and getting everyone on board isn’t as easy as you hoped.
Additionally, with faster iterations and release cycles, your QA team isn’t the only one who needs to run tests. In addition to testers; product managers, developers, designers, and even digital marketers are all looking for an immediate means to test their progress.
The fact is we’re all still adjusting to the environment of test automation, and everyone’s at different stages. Unfortunately, hopping on the Selenium bandwagon isn’t as easy as picking a programming language and pumping out a fully-functional and stable script.
So, how do you accomplish your automation goals without being able to write an end-to-end Selenium suite? CrossBrowserTesting now gives everyone on your team the ability to fill in the gaps of their test coverage with Record & Replay.
What’s Record & Replay?
Record & Replay is the newest feature in the CrossBrowserTesting toolkit.
While you’ve had the ability to test over 1,500 real desktop and mobile browsers with Live Testing or through our screenshot comparison engine with no coding knowledge needed, you may have experienced a disconnect in the jump to automation.
This revolves around the fact that you cannot use our Selenium grid without knowing how to work Selenium, and thus knowing how to code. Without the ability to use this feature, it can be a race against the clock to test your application in all the browsers you need before your deadline hits.
Getting started with Record & Replay, on the other hand, is accessible for testers of all skill levels. By simply typing in your URL and manually performing the actions you want to automate, CrossBrowserTesting will save them as a test. You can then take your recorded test and play it back on an unbeatable selection of browser and operating system configurations, just like you would with Selenium.
All your work is saved in the CrossBrowserTesting cloud so you can go back and run tests over or keep building out your suite. And don’t worry – if you skipped a step or need to make an adjustment, Record & Replay allows you to go back and edit your tests so you don’t have to redo each and every action you already performed.
Once you’ve made a suite of tests, you can use Record & Replay to take up to 10 pre-recorded scripts and run them in parallel, which means you can test against multiple configurations simultaneously. This is great for bulk regressions testing, and you can use the Run History section to monitor your tests.
When running just two tests in parallel doubles the speed and coverage of your testing, leveraging this feature is a no-brainer for teams that are aiming for a faster time to market without knowing how to write a test script.
Start Automating Today
As teams continue to shift left and integrate more testing throughout the software development lifecycle, it requires the effort of all stakeholders to be able to test areas of your application whenever they need. Now everyone on your team can quickly create automated tests that get the job done.
We all know manual testing can be a drag — who has time to run the same test over and over? Wouldn’t it be better to have your entire team on the same page, taking on their tasks with a single tool? Having CrossBrowserTesting’s comprehensive Live, Visual, Automated, and now Record & Replay capabilities means your entire team can leverage our robust device lab to meet each of their individual needs in a way that makes the most sense for them.
Record and replay tools take the guesswork out of automation, and now with CrossBrowserTesting, you can use our version of Record & Replay to take the complexity out of recording manual tests and replaying them across browsers. Automation just became much more accessible to your entire team.
To learn more, take a look at what you can do with Record & Replay capabilities in the video below.