Start testing in one day: a practical on-ramp to add automated testing to an existing app

Test automation is hard. Adding test automation to a complex existing application is harder. Worry not, a pragmatic, incremental path to roll out automated testing does indeed exist, despite what some developers will tell you. 

The talk lays out the process to get started small, with working automated tests on day 1, and work from there. We describe and demonstrate the tools, including cucumber, selenium, rspec, and more. We discuss how we start simply, then gradually integrate tests into an automated process, i.e. your CI pipeline.

The talk is mostly practical. A few overview slides provide context of the moving parts. Most of the time is spent on giving you the path to begin testing tomorrow!

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Brakes help you go faster - Understand why tests are so important, and why they help you move faster, not slower.
  • Navigating the landscape - Testing is a complicated subject, and it's easy to get confused. We'll very quickly review the route we will travel, and get some terminology straight.
  • Cucumber, not the food - Take a look at cucumber, and better yet, we'll write our first smoke test in just a few minutes!
  • Tool box - Review the chain of tools that make up the test, and how to get them. (Hint: they are all free open source.) Also briefly talk about alternatives to the cucumber stack shown here.
  • Where to go from here - We lay out the path to expand automation, and discuss practical next steps and upcoming strategic choices for your team. Start thinking about testing maturity, team transition, business collaboration, and all the fun practical implementation elements beyond the core technology.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the testing landscape, including different types of testing
  • Know where to go to get the (free) tools to start testing
  • Know how to get started in one day, then mature your approach from there
  • Understand some of the longer-term issues that you'll face

Target Audience

Team leads, developers, analysts, testers who want a workable strategy to finally start testing apps.

Prerequisite

Ideally you work with an app that needs a testing strategy, or are perhaps developing a new app and want some insight on testing strategies.

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