Statistical Element Locator

In this talk we will delve into one the biggest challenges that Test Automation developers face, finding elements i.e. a robust test means finding the same element with high fidelity while the Application Under Test keeps changing.

We will categorise the methods, and show where developer fail, where machines (Record/Playback) fail, and suggest a new way for locating elements, and analyze the skill-set required to overcome those difficulties.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Overview - Basic DOM, CSS Selector and XPath explained.

Find the problem game. Interaction with the audience. Describing failures, and the audience finds the root cause e.g. https://youtu.be/aMOjtH34feI?list=PL4Xdj6CMk6HSfO7ejBQO44KYLX0JvT5YS&t=456

Common patterns to some developer failures (e.g. Page Objects) and how they help preventing some false positives.

Common patterns to some failures by record/playback tools.

Explaining the proposed "Statistical Element Locator", and how it solves this challenge.

Learning Outcome

Better understanding of locators, why they fail, the best patterns to minimize the failures and the time to find the root cause.

Understand new proposed method of locating elements which minimizes false positive failures caused by current methods.

Target Audience

Test Automation Developers

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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