The Future of Test Automation and Its Impact on You

Alberto Savoia, TestAgility Inc.

Do you think software testing professionals fully leverage the amazing computing power that's available to them? Are you up to speed on the latest research efforts in software testing? Do you know how advances in test automation will affect your testing career in the years to come? Despite huge increases in computing power and exciting new research, test execution is still the only area where software test automation is used with any consistency. With some rare exceptions, most software tests are still designed, developed, and analyzed manually. Even the very popular capture/playback tools are mostly used to automate the execution of "manually" recorded scripts, using "manually" provided test data. We've only scratched the surface of what can, and should, be automated in testing. This presentation shows you how recent advances in software, hardware, and networking will affect test automation over the next several years.

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