When you play back a script, Functional Tester replays your recorded actions, which automates the software testing cycle.
Such automation allows you to test each new build of your application faster and more thoroughly than by manual testing, reducing testing time and increasing both coverage and overall consistency.
There are two general phases of script playback:
In the Test Development Phase you play back scripts to verify that they work as intended, using the same version of the application-under-test that you used to record. This phase validates the expected behavior for the application.
In the Regression Testing Phase you play back scripts to compare the latest build of the application to the baseline established during the test development phase. Regression testing identifies differences that may have been introduced since the last build. You can evaluate these differences to determine whether they are defects or changes.
You can run a script for these purposes:
- To play back a script locally from Functional Tester or from TestManager.
- To play back a script remotely on different computers and platforms from TestManager.
- To play back a script to verify that it works on different Java environments or browsers.
- To debug a script.
Note About TestManager Integration: Functional Tester is integrated with Rational TestManager version 7.0.2. If you have the 7.0.2 version of TestManager, you will be able to use the integrated features of Functional Tester and TestManager.
Ambiguous object recognition in functional testing
Screen snapshot on playback failure of functional tests