Astonishing facts about the Low-code/No-code Automation tools

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.- George Bernard Shaw

Times are changing. New tools and technologies are evolving to help us in different ways. We are used to automation for years, and we are writing lines of code and maintaining it for no reason most of the time. We spend time and automate a few cases, and it’s all left if the shelf for years. So before automation, there are a few aspects to be considered. Don’t follow the crowd. Your automation strategy should be well defined and it should state the goals and the shortcomings as well.

Using our traditional automation approach, we spend a lot of man-days and define our framework, writing our test cases, and executing them. How efficiently are we using it? If the tester who worked in that framework leaves the organization, how long does it take for another new person to get hold of it? Does it all worth spending the sleepless nights to find a logic? Of course, I agree coding is a pleasure. It gives you an adrenaline rush. But if it’s not for the long run, then what’s the purpose of doing it? If a new person is not able to understand your framework and needs to start all over, then what’s the goal here?

These might not fit in for automation teams. But I have seen teams working in silos. For the past few years, you might notice the revolution of low-code and no-code tools. There are a lot of such tools to support Automation Testing. Many tools provide the CI/CD integrations as well. Have you ever thought of giving it a try? I started my research recently and found a lot of wonderful facts about it.

1.Proper unit testing of those tools gives higher efficiency

Most of the tools are developed and since the proper Testing is already done, the probability of defects in your flow is very less. This helps to automate faster in a simple manner.

2. Continuous research and Feedback

These organizations listen to People. Based on the feedback from Testers, they improvise the application/platform.

3.Innovative solutions

Based on our pain points they develop or innovate the applications.

4.Extending the Testing types

Initial days most of the low-code/no-code tools supported only web-based or desktop applications. Now they extended the functionalities. They offer Mobile, API Testing, etc.

5.Reuse the existing code/framework

Most of the applications still provide the option to export our pre-written Selenium/Cypress code and help us to run on the platform.

6.Right (Write) to Code

Sensing the pulse of Automation Testers few applications provide the option to write the custom-based code along with the existing pre-defined options.

7.Less time for initial set-up

In no-time you can get onboarded and start writing or running your script

8.Taking care of the dependencies

If you need any external jars or other files to run your test cases, they are taken care of by the platform. This frees up your brain.

9.Community Support

Some tools provide good community support and guidance.

10.Best knowledge repository

They are creating and maintaining a good knowledge-based about their tools along with conventional documentation.

11.Coexistence and Courtesy

Finally, they have courtesy towards other similar tools in the market which is a healthy sign.

Disclaimer: All the above points are subject to my own personal opinions.

Codeless/Low-code Automation is not a one-stop solution for all of your Automation pitfalls. But it can reduce some work lead, increase efficiency, faster automation, etc. No harm in trying the tools. Many companies are investing in low-code/no-code tools. They definitely have a special place in the future. They are here to help us (Testers) and not to replace us!!

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Originally published at https://medium.com on May 30, 2022.

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