Katalon Studio for Test Automation – Simple & Powerful

Recently I came to know a Tester/Developer friendly Test Automation tool Katalon Studio. I am really impressed with the provided features of Katalon Studio 4.5. I have seen all features which are required for Test Automation. I can say this is a comprehensive Test Automation Tool, a cluster of Selenium, Appium, QTP, SOAPUI for both Web & Mobile Apps testing.

What is Katalon Studio

Katalon Studio is a Free powerful test automation toolset for testers & developers solving many challenges we face in Test Automation. This tool can be used for Functional Testing (Web & Mobile), Webservices Testing as well. Katalon Studio hides all technical complexities and provides us powerful & friendly UI with the manual mode. Tester can simply drag-drop, select built-in keywords and automate test cases with ease. Katalon comes in handy with all necessary software Android SDK, Web drivers to drive browsers, and other required dependencies.

Why should I use Katalon for Test Automation

  • First of all it is a Freeware. Freely available to the testing community
  • Easy installation, Configuration is not at all a challenge
  • Built-in project templates
  • Record & Playback feature
  • Limited coding skill required
  • Built-in object repository,object identification
  • Fully supports Web, Android, iOS and API testing
  • Database Testing can be done (Coding skill required)
  • Supports Java/Groovy languages
  • Supports Data-driven Testing
  • Experienced programmers can create and execute sophisticated test scripts.
  • Can be executed in Chrome, Firefox, IE, Headless Browsers..
  • Can be integrated with GIT, JIRA, Jenkins, qTest, Teamcity, Kobiton, Slack
  • Detailed Reporting Structure
  • Katalon Community Support for questions and updates
  • Detailed documentation & user manual

Here you can find the comparison of tools with Katalon.

Who don’t love the tool which helps testers with no programming experience to automate their applications just by using recording and built-in keywords to create and execute test scripts easily and faster. I can say this framework is very sophisticated, you can also tag test cases into multiple test suites (sanity, regression). You can import Test Data from your local system or database or you may create data internally within the IDE. We can declare global variables to validate in test cases. Also reports get generated with detailed information (HTML, CSV formats)

I am not only referring to Web Applications, we can use same Katalon IDE to automate Mobile Apps with ease. We just need to install Appium in our machine and configure the path in settings with few clicks. You can simply automate the app using built-in mobile keywords. Anyway Katalon allows you to write custom code depends on your requirement.

I used to buy hours to create a Page Object Model in Selenium. But with Katalon Object Spy a built-in feature which helps us to identify the objects much faster and easier. It’s similar to Object Spy in QTP. Now this is really a time saving feature.

We can also add identified objects to our repository with one click, which needed for reusability, easy maintenance, easy debugging.

I generally use SOAPUI or Custom code in Java to test the API’s, now with Katalon it is so simple to test the API and capture the report in detail. This supports both REST & SOAP.

As I said, this can be integrated with your GIT repository, CI (Jenkins), Test Management tools like Jira, qTest. I believe we can always code to integrate tools like Sikuli, AutoIT which depends on our requirement.

Who doesn’t like it when all these powerful & useful features comes in handy. This is an All-in-one tool. Would you like to try it? You can download it from here. You can always share your opinions/feedback/suggestions by posting a comment

I should thank Katalon Team for bringing this powerful tool as a Freeware to the testing community.

Other References

Katalon vs Selenium

Katalon Documentation

Katalon Tutorials

JavaScript Unit Testing with TDD, Jasmine and Karma

JavaScript Unit Testing with TDD, Jasmine and Karma

In this article, we’ll introduce you to a tool combination which will make JavaScript unit testing so much easier. Jasmine and Karma combined will save you hours of testing.

First, let’s understand what exactly are TDD, Jasmine and Karma.

Test driven development (TDD) is one of the main, agile development techniques. The genius of TDD lies in writing your test’s code first, so it can guide your further implementations. This method provides you with an increased quality of code, improved bug detection and overall faster development. The bigger and more important the system you’re building, the more helpful these techniques will be:

  1. Write your test first, and see it fail. (Red)
  2. Write your unit of code and see the test pass. (Green)
  3. Make your code better, using the tests to keep you safe. (Refactor)

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Are you still looking for a Test Automation Framework?

We all know, designing a framework is a tedious task. So, this time I came up with an article on new framework RedwoodHQ, a Tester friendly with many built-in features and allows you to automate and manage your tests very quick.

What is RedwoodHQ?
An Open source framework which supports Selenium, Appium and allows multiple users to design test cases and develop test scripts which can be written in a ubiquitous language and also allows you to execute them all using a friendly Web interface.
RedwoodHQ supports Java/Groovy, Python and C#.

Why should I use RedwoodHQ Framework?
Using this framework, a non-tech guy can automate using the keywords available while designing the test case itself. We don’t need any IDE to configure. I guess this can be used for Bigger and Smaller projects as well.

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What’s my open source tool for Mobile App test automation?

That small, mobile but not so little device we’re all holding in our hands is a powerful thing. Its ability to completely takeover our lives is astonishing, technology wise, it’s all the talk and rave.  Companies use it, you’re probably using it right now – maybe not to read this article, but it’s definitely not too far away.

Those devices we all use, operate on software that we expect to always work, and when it doesn’t – we get irritated.

In order for any device to work properly, all the software that makes it tick, should be tested. Undiscovered bugs or regressions can cause enormous losses for a company and frustrate your target audience.

However, the need for automating mobile application tests, as well as tests for any other platform (web or desktop) was never a consensus. There are several reasons for automation, such as speed of testing, coverage and scalability – automated tests can be performed by a computer much faster than by human hands, cover much wider scenarios and all this can be done concurrently on various environments, configurations and devices. In addition, automation reduces costs – using computers as resources cost less than using human hands. So if it’s so important, what are the right tools that will allow creating, maintaining, managing, executing and easily analyzing results?

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World’s most desirable test automation skills!

With the growing demand for test automation experts and new technologies emerge at a rapid pace, gaining the relevant technical skills is crucial for candidates who are looking to improve their chances to get hired.

In order to answer the question – “What are the most desirable test automation skills in the upcoming year of 2016?”, our research team took over the top job searching websites around the globe looking for the most popular and required technologies in the test automation field.

Most popular test automation frameworksMost popular test automation frameworks

Selenium is considered to be the world’s most popular framework (as also reflected in ‘Test Automation Trends of 2015’). The most surprising fact regarding Selenium in the United States is that it’s almost 300% more demanded than QTP/UTF which has made to second place. This huge gap practically renders all other technologies as less relevant for people looking to learn a new automation framework.

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