location_city Bengaluru schedule Jun 30th 03:00 - 03:45 PM place Lalit 1 people 59 Interested

Sometimes it is hard to know what to test in a web application, and the first step before testing is defining what we want to test. This may sound trivial, but in reality this is often not done properly. We tend to oversee the obvious and we test without knowing what we want to accomplish.

What do we want to achieve? Validate user behaviour? Check if the page design is responsive on different devices? Or maybe to know that our web application looks like we expect.

When we know the purpose of our test, we can start planning, coding, executing and improving our tests. But most importantly, we will know what approach we can use to develop the test.

Functional, layout and visual testing are the three pillars of the UI testing trinity. We can use these approaches to develop focused tests, tests that are asserting a specific aspect of our web application.

But how can we identify what approach to use? When should we combine them? There is an information overflow that presents a huge variety of tools that can help us to test through any of these approaches. Sadly, this large amount of information is making us focus more on the tools instead of focusing on the testing strategy.

The intention of this talk is to break in pieces the process of identifying how to develop a focused test, and more importantly, to understand when it makes sense to combine functional testing with layout or visual testing, and what to consider before using layout or visual testing.

The talk will then go deeper through scenarios and code examples that show how to create layout and visual tests. It will also discuss scenarios where a functional test is not enough, or where a visual test is better than a layout test. This talk’s main goal is to offer a different perspective when testing a web application through the UI testing trinity.

If you are interested in how to integrate layout or visual testing to your current workflow, you should attend this talk!

Note: Thanks to the feedback I got after presenting this topic at SauceCon 2018, I have been able to make nice improvements to the content that will be helpful for the attendants.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduce the Agile Testing Quadrants and how they help us in our testing process
  • Overview of functional, layout and visual testing
  • How to decide which type of testing to use depending on the web application type
  • When to run our functional, layout or visual tests during the software development process
  • Coding demos of functional, layout and visual testing
  • Pros and cons about the approaches and tools used during the demos
  • Conclusions about the three types of testing, benefits and good things to know before getting started
  • Q/A

Learning Outcome

  • Understanding the purpose of functional, layout and visual testing, and when to use them
  • The importance of having skills that help identify what and how to test a web application
  • How to combine the three types of testing or keep them apart when needed
  • Replace manual checks with visual or layout testing
  • Learn about well maintained tools that can be used for visual and layout testing in a simple way

Target Audience

Anyone involved in the software development process who wants to learn more about Layout and Visual testing. And more importantly, to learn when it makes sense to use them, and what to consider before using them.

Prerequisites for Attendees

A general knowledge about testing concepts and testing automation.

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