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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 4. The Automator Becomes the Automated

Bo Roop

Bo Roop takes us on a guided tour of attempting to automate the testing of a test automation tool. One of the first questions to ask a tool vendor is “Do you test the tool using the tool?” But the answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think! With his lively writing style, Bo gives an honest description of the difficulties and challenges he encountered, particularly in the verification of test results. It is a good idea to find out what others have tried, and Bo shows the advantages of doing so. His sensible approach to automation is to start by automating the easier components before tackling the more complex. Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending. It illustrates how ...

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