Scriptless Testing at the GUI Level in an Industrial Setting

Hatim Chahim, Mehmet Duran, T.E.J. Vos, P.K. Aho, Nelly Condori-Fernández

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TESTAR is a traversal-based and scriptless tool for test automation at the Graphical User Interface (GUI) level. It is different from existing test approaches because no test cases need to be defined before testing. Instead, the tests are generated during the execution, on-the-fly. This paper presents an empirical case study in a realistic industrial context where we compare TESTAR to a manual test approach of a web-based application in the rail sector. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to investigate learnability, effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction. The results show that TESTAR was able to detect more faults and higher functional test coverage than the used manual test approach. As far as efficiency is concerned, the preparation time of both test approaches is identical, but TESTAR can realize test execution without the use of human resources. Finally, TESTAR turns out to be a learnable test approach. As a result of the study described in this paper, TESTAR technology was successfully transferred and the company will use both test approaches in a complementary way in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Challenges in Information Science
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference, RCIS 2020
EditorsFabiano Dalpiaz, Jelena Zdravkovic, Pericles Loucopoulos
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-50316-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-50315-4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2020
EventThe 14th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science - Online, Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 22 Sept 202025 Sept 2020
Conference number: 14

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


ConferenceThe 14th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science
Abbreviated titleRCIS 2020
Internet address


  • Compare test approaches
  • GUI test automation tools
  • Industrial case study
  • Railway sector
  • Technology transfer


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