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2/8/2024
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Master Salesforce DevOps with Copado Robotic Testing

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Automated testing in Salesforce DevOps isn't just a step –– it's a leap towards efficiency. Every time Salesforce updates, develops a custom feature, or fixes a bug, automated testing ensures everything else keeps running smoothly. It's about covering all bases with thorough testing while saving you from the tedium of manual checks. 

When picking a test automation tool, you need one that's easy to use, reliable, low-maintenance, and fits well with your existing CI/CD pipeline. 

Enter Copado Robotic Testing: a cloud-based, low-code solution that makes testing across web, mobile, UI, API, and desktop not just easy, but smart. It integrates effortlessly into your CI/CD pipeline, automating tests at just the right moments, ensuring quality every step of the way in your software delivery.

Overview of Copado Robotic Testing Project Structure

In Copado Robotic Testing, everything is organized into projects, robots, and suites, creating a clear and manageable framework for your testing needs.

  • Projects serve as your primary workspace, where different teams or applications can have their unique testing environments.
  • Robots are the workhorses of robotic testing, each designed to run and report on tests. You can have multiple setups for different environments or specific Salesforce UI testing requirements.
  • Suites group related test cases together, allowing for organized and focused test case creation.

This well-thought-out structure not only simplifies test case management, but also enables you to tailor the testing process to suit different team needs and project scales.

Kickstarting with Copado Robotic Testing

Getting started with Copado Robotic Testing is straightforward. For Salesforce UI testing, begin with the Salesforce UI Accelerator, while the Salesforce REST API Accelerator is ideal for API testing. These accelerators provide sample suites and test cases, giving you a solid start.

Choosing the right version control system is simple. Whether you prefer Copado Version Control, hosted GitLab, or other popular options like Bitbucket or Azure Repos, integration is smooth. This flexibility allows you to align your testing environment perfectly with your development practices, ensuring that your test cases are well managed and easily accessible.

QEditor: Enhancing Test Case Management

At the heart of Copado Robotic Testing's user-friendly approach is the QEditor –– a feature that transforms the way you manage test cases. QEditor is your cockpit for navigating through the complexities of test case creation and management. It allows you to:

  • Write and edit test cases using Copado Robotic Testing’s intuitive QWords, making your scripts both understandable and maintainable.
  • Create, modify, and organize your test files and folders with ease.
  • Initiate live testing sessions directly from the editor, offering you real-time insights and feedback.

This powerful tool simplifies test case management, making it accessible even to those with less technical expertise, while still offering the depth required by seasoned testers.

The Power of Live Testing in Copado Robotic Testing

Live testing in Copado Robotic Testing is a game-changer. It includes a recorder that outputs test scripts based on your interactions with a browser in the cloud. This means you get immediate visual feedback on your test steps, enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of test case creation.

Key Features of Copado Robotic Testing

Copado Robotic Testing is packed with features designed to elevate your testing strategy. The Copado Libraries and QWords functionalities are central to this, offering a range of intuitive, easy-to-use keywords for test case creation. These keywords can interact with UI elements, including those within shadow DOM structures, enhancing the robustness of your tests.

Another standout feature is the use of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), enabling the tool to read text on screens for more comprehensive testing. Whether you're working with web, mobile, or desktop applications, Copado Robotic Testing's diverse libraries like Qweb, Qmobile, and Qforce make test automation freakishly easy.

Collaborative Testing with Version Control

Version control in Copado Robotic Testing ensures that your test cases are not only stored securely in the cloud but also tracked and managed effectively. With options like Copado Version Control and integrations with GitLab, GitHub, and Azure Repos, you have the flexibility to choose the setup that best fits your team's workflow.

This feature not only enhances collaboration among team members but also adds an extra layer of security and reliability to your testing process.

Salesforce Guidance and Intent-Based Testing

Salesforce Guidance in Copado Robotic Testing simplifies test case creation, offering smart, predictive steps based on your specific Salesforce instance. This guided approach streamlines the test authoring process, making it more intuitive and less time-consuming.

Complementing this is Copado Robotic Testing’s intent-based testing powered by CopadoGPT, which assists in crafting comprehensive tests that meet your specific goals. This AI-driven capability ensures your tests are both thorough and relevant to your business needs.

Insights from Quality Intelligence Dashboard

The Quality Intelligence Dashboard in Copado Robotic Testing provides valuable insights into your testing projects. It offers detailed analytics and customizable visualizations, allowing you to understand your test cases' performance at a granular level. This dashboard is crucial for maintaining a clear vision of your project’s testing status and making informed decisions.

Efficiency and Impact of Copado Robotic Testing

One standout example of Copado Robotic Testing's impact is its implementation at Compunnel Software Inc. The transition of 450 manual test cases to Copado Robotic Testing not only streamlined their testing process but also dramatically reduced regression testing time from 64 to 8 hours bi-weekly. This remarkable 88% time savings underscores the efficiency gains achievable with Copado's advanced automation capabilities.

The utilization of Copado Robotic Testing's features, including UI text and Computer Vision, played a crucial role in minimizing maintenance efforts to less than 1%, a significant improvement from the previous 24-hour commitment. This optimization not only freed up the manual workforce for higher-value tasks but also improved user story coverage in sprints, elevating overall productivity and software quality.

Final Thoughts

Copado Robotic Testing represents a significant leap forward in Salesforce DevOps, offering an array of tools and features that streamline the testing process, enhance collaboration, and ensure high-quality software delivery. By sliding robotic testing into your workflow, you're not just testing –– you're refining the way you develop and deploy in Salesforce.

Sign Up for Copado Robotic Testing or Join the Community and start reaping the benefits of advanced Salesforce DevOps practices today.

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About The Author

Software Quality Assurance Lead, Compunnel Software Inc.

Test Automation Lead in Salesforce Testing. 2 years of experience in Copado Robotic Testing. Migrated over 450 test cases from Copado Selenium to Copado Robotic testing. Active member in the Copado success community and working in the Copado Mentorship Program.

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