Automation of quality control means the use of separate software to perform tests on the product that's being developed.
Automated testing can do many of these tasks completely and can even run more complex tests that cannot be done manually. Software testing is used to detect serious bugs and security vulnerabilities as well as user experience issues such as crashes that only appear in certain use cases.
Naturally, such testing will be much faster than manual testing. Perhaps even more effective, but it cannot completely replace the manual kind. Ideally, of course, both kinds of specialists should be present on your team. Most often, it is manual testers that progress into QA Automation.
Thanks to the automation of quality control, testing can be carried out more often, which makes it easier to identify problems and respond to user feedback. You can test individual components one at a time, rolling out updates without having to go back to the drawing board. After all, it needs to be understood that from software fixes to improvements, any changes in your product can create new bugs or cause old ones to reappear.
Having some programming experience will help any software tester. Even testers with no experience in automated testing can benefit from an understanding of programming techniques and terminology. Testers familiar with coding practices can better communicate with the development team and can help with both white-box and black-box testing.
Key skills include SQL, Java, Perl, Python, C/C++, XML, as well as web development HTTP/HTTPS, HTML, CSS, SOAP.
Although the documentation for some automation tools states that programming skills are not required, QA Automation testers should ultimately perform some programming functions. Those with no programming experience often write tests using a simple keyword-based language, which is then converted into code or used to write intermediate testing steps.
In other cases, the test structure may be based on data, and the inputs and outputs are defined in spreadsheets. Here, a manual tester is responsible for maintaining the test data and investigating anomalies.
The average salary of QA Automation testers in Belarus ranges from $500 to $3,000. But one should understand that the figure will depend on the experience and skills of the developer. In our experience, there were also cases when the client was ready to agree on the salary suggested by the candidate, if, of course, the latter was up to par.
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