November 9, 2016
The end-to-end UI testing method tests all components of how an application works from start to finish and from the perspective of the user. End-to-end testing or functional testing:
With the large number of pages and interactions in most modern applications, manual end-to-end testing becomes extremely time consuming, resulting in the need for test automation. Test automation not only speeds up the process, but it also finds bugs in the early stages of development and supports multiple executions faster in comparison to manual testing.
Based on our search for a functional test automation framework, we recommend using Protractor, an open-source framework designed to verify the health of AngularJS applications, which launches tests against AUT (application under test), and runs them in a real browser as a user would do it. Protractor runs on top of the Selenium WebDriver and works as a solution integrator, combining powerful tools and technologies such as NodeJS, Jasmine, Cucumber, and Mocha. In addition, Protractor provides new locator strategies and functions that are very helpful to automate AngularJS applications, like waitForAngular, By.binding, By.repeater, By.textarea, By.model, WebElement.all, WebElement.evaluate, etc. To achieve end-to-end automation, businesses will need to build a wrapper on top of the Protractor framework to communicate with non-web applications, such as mobile or Thick Client apps.
Why should companies use the Protractor framework?
If your business is already using the Protractor framework, keep these best practices in mind to help you write robust tests:
Interested in learning more about end-to-end testing and how EPAM can help you implement the Protractor framework for testing your applications and websites? Contact us.