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

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Chapter 17. Choosing the Wrong Tool

Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson tells the story of trying to use a tool (which he inherited) that he later realized was not suitable for what he was trying to test. He was trying to automate the testing of major functionality in web development tools at Google, where he was new to testing and test automation. Some assumptions that seemed obvious at first turned out to be not as they seemed. His approach to taking over the use of an existing tool seemed sensible, yet he encountered a lot of problems (which are illustrated), particularly in automated comparison. Michael found it was difficult to abandon something you have put a lot of effort into already, yet in the end, this was the best approach (and ...

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