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UI Testing

User Interface tests are incredibly valuable. However, they are incredibly difficult to maintain, take considerably long periods of time to complete, and are often placed out of the daily CI/CD. Efficient UI testing is challenging to pull off successfully.

In this post, we will discuss these three challenges and how to address them so QA & Developers can leverage the full power of UI tests and bring them into the CI/CD.


UI Testing is difficult to Maintain


UI Tests are notoriously flaky.

They break frequently and for no apparent reason or change to the code. Considerable resources and opportunities are taken away from QA and Developers in the process.

Without stable UI tests, teams will never confidently add UI tests into the CI/CD process (because they are too unstable). And without that feedback loop in place to notify developers that their latest build broke a UI test, code will be merged into master that breaks UI workflows.


Eliminate Flaky Failures and Pass the Build on Time 


Plug a tool into unstable environments that can recognize and isolate flaky failures, such as Testbrain. The ML tool is able to automatically recognize flaky failures, quarantine them, and allow teams to pass builds without these unstable tests causing builds to fail for no apparent reason.

QA and Developers benefit greatly from a stabilized testing environment where tests only fail on real defects.

To learn more about how TestBrain helps stabilize test practices, visit here.


UI Tests and Speed


It’s no secret, UI tests take a long time to complete.

Because UI test suites take considerable time to complete, they are often pushed into nightly runs. However, this is far from best practice, as contributors need to know immediately if their change led to any breakage in UI workflows. If they don’t receive that critical data in real time, they risk merging code that could have detrimental effects on the end-user experience.

If UI test execution time could be reduced dramatically, then teams could incorporate them in their daily builds. This would have a dramatic impact on contributor output, job satisfaction, and GoTo market timing.

Leveraging data from commits and previous failures, this ML tool is able to automatically select and run only the few tests that have been affected by a recent developer change.

If a developer makes a 2% change then only run the UI tests associated with that 2% change. Run only a fraction of the UI test suite instead of its entirety.



Only run the tests that have been impacted, aka risk-based testing


Outcome, UI tests suites take only seconds to complete instead of hours allowing teams to bring them into their CI/CD – vastly improving the feedback loop, output, and job satisfaction. Achieve over a 98% drop in test execution time within a matter of hours of installation.


UI Tests and the CI/CD


There’s really not much more to dive into here. UI tests need to be part of the CI/CD just like unit tests. They need to be run on builds otherwise developers won’t know if they broke something.

The goal is to ensure that the UI tests are stable and fast enough to be run on builds without challenging teams.

TestBrain was designed with that in mind.

Try TestBrain with your UI Tests now.




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