Codeless test automation with Usetrace

Mar 10, 2016

This article is a follow-up to two earlier posts about automatic functional testing: Test automation for start-ups and How to run your Robot Framework test suite on Heroku.

In late 2014 after opening up our service to beta users we were faced with a dilemma that I suspect is pretty common to many startups. Automatic functional testing is almost a requirement to run a modern Agile software process. But building those capabilities takes time and money, both of which are in short supply at a typical software startup.

After setting up our initial functional testing system using Robot Framework we continued to build on that for a while. Writing test cases wasn't too difficult, and it was convenient to run the tests in the cloud. Our product didn't have that many features so it wasn't a big chore to keep the test cases up-to-date.

A few months ago we launched the self-service dashboard setup tools and started adding new features on a weekly basis. Tests started lagging behind because adding new cases meant more programming to our already busy schedules. We also had recurring issues with the stability of the Robot + PhantomJS combo that added lots of frustration to the process.

So we were back to square one. How to do automatic functional testing in a cost effective manner?

The promise of codeless test automation

The solution was closer than we thought.

Usetrace is Helsinki-based startup and they provide a tool that let's you create and run automatic tests on your web application – without writing any code.

Instead you teach the tool how to do the testing by recording workflows. Just check out the video below.

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This article was written by Tuomas Tammi

Tuomas is the CTO and co-founder of Screenful, the company that is reinventing how businesses measure their performance. Screenful develops dashboards that are both actionable and beautiful to look at. You can follow Screenful on Twitter.