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GUI Testing [closed]

General Tech QA/Testing

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( 5 months ago )

I'm working on the issue of testing my GUI and I'm not entirely sure of the best approach here. My GUI is built using a traditional MVC framework so I am easily able to test the logic parts of the GUI without bringing up the GUI itself. However, when it comes to testing the functionality of the GUI, I'm not really sure if I should worry about individually testing GUI components or if I should mainly just focus on functional testing the system. It's a pretty complex system in which testing the GUI frequently involves sending a message to the server and then observing the response on the GUI. My initial thoughts are that functional testing is the way to go here since I need a whole system running to really test the UI. Comments on this issue would be appreciated.

Thanks, Jeff

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( 5 months ago )

 

You have (at least) 2 issues - the complexity of the environment (the server) and the complexity of the GUI.

There are many tools for automating GUI testing. All of them are more or less fragile and require pretty much constant maintenance in the face of changing layout. There is benefit to be gained from using them, but it's a long term benefit.

The environment, on the other hand, is an area that can be tamed. If your application is architected using the Dependency Injection/Inversion technique (where you 'inject' the server component into the application), then you can use a 'mock' of the relevant server interfaces to enable you to script test cases.

Combining these two techniques will allow you to automate GUI testing.

One final thought - good luck!

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