Talk:Test automation

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Cited Definition Incorrect[edit]

In the cited book on page 74 it says, I quote: Automated Testing System: This system includes technologies that support automatic generation and/or execution of tests for unit, integration, functional, performance, and load testing. In addition to reporting on traditional defects such as missing or mismatched parameters, or null pointers, such systems can provide comprehensive information about product quality such as achievable code coverage or average response time. This is very different from the definition as portrayed on wiki, as the definition mentioned here, does not include the automatic generation of tests at all: "In software testing, test automation is the use of special software (separate from the software being tested) to control the execution of tests and the comparison of actual outcomes with predicted outcomes." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 145.94.5.134 (talk) 11:00, 13 December 2015 (UTC)

Possible Citation or Wording Change[edit]

I'm not particularly experienced in citing references on Wikipedia. However I looked for the following citation needed tag:

Record and playback also often adds irrelevant activities or incorrectly records some activities.[citation needed]

Now, the source I found doesn't say that specifically, instead it says:

Hit record, click around, then play it back to verify that your web application works as expected. It’s so easy, in fact, that you barely have to think about what you’re actually testing.

Should we rewrite this sentence to instead say "Because recording and playback doesn't require to you think about what you are doing, you may often include actions not necessary for the testing", or would that be editorializing? The source can be found here: http://php.brickhost.com/blog/2013/09/10/avoiding-the-temptation-of-record-and-playback-acceptance-tests/

Honestly I don't know what to do about this tag, as the statement may very well be a truth that people just don't mention very much, so citing it might be impossible as it would be like citing common knowledge. ChthonicOne (talk) 19:24, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks. A blog isn't a reliable source (see WP:RS for details on that) but if you want to add a source, you can find information on how to do that at Wikipedia:Citing sources. Walter Görlitz (talk) 06:58, 25 March 2017 (UTC)