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Eggplant’s Low-code approach to automation

By Randy Hesse

Randy Hesse

Randy Hesse - 28 July 2020

We have long held the convention that consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to digital applications and will not tolerate apps that stifle their user experience. 

To prove this point we looked at the phenomenal growth of mobile applications over the years. On the 10th of July 2008, Steve Jobs announced that the App Store contained 500 third-party applications and 10 million applications were downloaded that very first weekend. By September, the number of available apps had increased to 3,000, with over 100 million downloads and the billionth application was downloaded eleven years ago in 2009. Spoilt for choice indeed.  

Keeping up with this demand, the design and delivery of applications that give consumers what they want, at scale, calls for the adoption of robust and agile test automation practices.   

As an undisputed leader in the space of test automation, the Eggplant platform helps developers and application authors deliver quality at scale. Eggplant’s intelligent automation platform offers capabilities that are suitable for the full range of technical and business tester skills sets: 

  • No-code approach: graphical tooling to build simple models and auto generate test assets. 
  • Low-code approach: building variant models and using tables 
  • Code approach: full exploratory models and building snippets and scripts 

In this post we are focusing on the low-code approach which is predominantly handled by associates with a background in testing, meaning they have understanding of testing design and strategy and protocols. They will usually have little experience in coding, and a level of knowledge of the business. The associate roles aligned with this approach are usually Test Analyst or Test Engineer who are experts on a-typical workflows within customers’ products, what it means to have test coverage, and how to champion product quality and assure that a customer will use it to their advantage.  

Elements of low-code approach   

Building Variant Models 

Allows a workflow to get a high amount of coverage. A good example is a login workflow, covering entering the username or password correctly or incorrectly. 

Learn more about Variant Models. 

Building Tables 

Also known as Keyword Driven Testing or scriptless approach that allows associates to build automation assets in a typical no-code approach by defining actions and passing arguments to those actions.  

Learn more about Tables.  

Assisted Scripting 

Writing script generally uses a code approach, however, Eggplant with the assistance of SenseTalk allows ease of use and understanding compared to other programming languages when it comes to scripting.  

Learn more about assisted scripting.

Understanding the various element of low-code application testing will be an in-demand skill as Gartner predicts that low code application building would gather more than 65% of all app development functions by the year 2024 and with about 66% of big companies using a minimum of four low code platforms. 

The benefits of this approach  

One of the unquestionable advantages of the low-code development approach is increased product test coverage which leads to better client experiences and in turn in profit increase. This is achieved through finding more bugs, which will boost the product's overall quality.  

Speed is another obvious benefit. New applications can be developed in a matter of a few hours or days, rather than weeks or months. Low-code development platforms decrease the time required to write complex web and mobile application code, improving productivity in the process. 

Another aspect is the cost structure. Acquiring talented developers is always a challenge on the cost side. Low-code solutions require less engineering efforts so this automatically lowers the cost in the long run.  

On the compatibility side, low-code development platforms provide cross-platform mobility. With much less effort, platforms enable companies and non-programmers to develop robust applications with giving access to third-party APIs and modules for different platforms.   

Overall, the low-code approach to automation allows most associates to create automation assets with ease. This approach is ideal for businesses who are at the beginning of their automation journey and Eggplant can help progress it. Our Digital Automation Intelligence (DAI) platform enables true, end-to-end test automation to help you test enterprise software better, faster, more reliably, and more effectively.  Adding elegantly designed, tested and most importantly downloaded applications to consumers smartphones, making their work and play applications a dream to operate.