What is Codeless Test Automation?

Rodrigo Carballido

Pincipal Consultant

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As software improvements grow and becomes ever larger, it goes along with a high-quality product. As a result, software testing is becoming more advanced and currently it is an important part of the software development process. More importantly, career candidates in development and testing should focus on testing skills and build a career in this very limited and specific field. There is an entire sector of the software development industry dedicated to building automated testing platforms or tools.

We are currently facing a change in the test automation industry: with the democratization of technology and programming, developers, testers and any team member can create a test automation framework. This is mainly due to Codeless (or no-code) tools that can be used to develop test automations.

As you may know, the software development industry moves towards no-code development. With increasingly powerful no-code platforms, developers no longer have to write every line of code manually, and can rely on an easy-to-use interface with visual models and pre-assembled drag-and-drop building elements. From this approach, advanced programming skills are not required and the testing phase becomes smoother and faster. A no-code approach has also begun to be applied to the testing field. Code-free automated testing is changing the world of software testing, making it more accessible to more and more people.

What is Codeless Testing or No-Code Testing?

With the automation of codeless testing, testers can run data-driven tests without using code scripts and without significant programming knowledge. Just as we are all able to use no-code tools to develop a mobile app or website, these tools can also be used to create an automated no-code testing tool using pre-built templates and proper non-code tool software blocks.

The most suitable no-code testing tools are those with features that, in addition to making the platform accessible and easy to use, also provide recording and playback, integration of AI/ML technologies (machine learning in particular), reduced maintenance and dedicated models.

The Challenges of No-Code Testing

Development and quality control teams are constantly challenged to do more with less resources while delivering faster without sacrificing quality or increasing costs. To meet the demands of internal customers and end users, many teams are turning to automation. However, traditional automation also has its challenges.

In most cases, when developing software, human-written scripts (writing each line of code in one or more programming languages) must be tested to ensure that it works properly, is stable and secure.

In addition, test analysts may require a developer, usually external to the original development team, to analyze all script code for possible bugs and find improvement aspects more easily and efficiently. Testers can also create scripts to automatically execute and analyze all the code. However, there is a way to automate the whole process and make it codeless.

Automated testing tools examine each line of script, finding errors, redundancies and much more. Of course, automated testing is done with software, that is, with specific software tools for automated testing.

Advantages of Codeless Testing in the testing phase

The testing phase can become more streamlined with the use of codeless tools to develop test automations.

It has a low learning curve, as it does not require writing the code manually, and it does not take much time for the user to learn and start creating test cases.

In addition, the test cases created are understandable to people without any knowledge programming, so that they can be easily audited and maintained by non-technical project stakeholders.

Finally, automated tools are not prone to common mistakes that occur with other types of tools, such as: distractions or lack of knowledge. Humans can make mistakes, but high-level automated tools can’t.

Rodrigo Carballido

Pincipal Consultant

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