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

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Chapter 21. Automation through the Back Door (by Supporting Manual Testing)

Seretta Gamba

Seretta Gamba tells of the difficulties she and her team experienced in trying to progress automation, even though it had a good technical foundation. She shows how they addressed the real needs of the testers and provided support where testers needed it most, which was in manual testing. The really interesting twist is how they were able at the same time to harvest things that would progress the automation—win-win situations. Their approach is described in detail, showing how they implemented levels of abstraction, separating tests from application detail such as the GUI, and they include an example of a user interface (UI) to the tests. They developed ...

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