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

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Chapter 5. Autobiography of an Automator: From Mainframe to Framework Automation

John Kent

John Kent tells us how and when test automation started and offers surprising information about the origins of capture/replay technology. Understanding how automation worked on mainframes shows how some of the prevailing problems with test automation have developed; approaches that worked well in that environment did not work well with GUIs and the need to synchronize the test scripts with the software under test. The principles John discovered and put into practice, such as good error handling and reporting and the importance of testing the automation itself, are still relevant and applicable today. John’s explanation of the economic benefits of wrappers ...

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