Repeating tasks in your web browser, Repeating tasks…

Every developer will know that quick repeatable testing is a major factor for time spent when they’re writing or de-bugging code. When I was working with interns and new staff at Thought Den Ltd. I’d always try to condense their repeat testing cycle down the minimum. So here’s a great little Front end tester.

This little tool popped up in my feed today called, iMacro, for Google Chrome. It’s a bit like the Selenium Web builder SE plugin for Firefox, except you don’t get a test out the end, just a repeated function.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/imacros-for-chrome/cplklnmnlbnpmjogncfgfijoopmnlemp?hl=en

It’s turning out to be pretty useful for more drawn out repeated testing scenarios. It just saves in it’s native language all the actions you’ll want it to repeat. You just open the app, press record and then it records all the actions you take on your site. It’s great for testing re-filling a form, validation, long checkout processes.

ie.

1. Go to this page
2. Press the Submit button
3. Wait for it to load
4. Enter loadsa’ data
etc…

You can come back later too and edit or update the actions if they’re not quite right. So now you automate a simple repeated task / set of steps.

I’ve been able to reduce my testing cycle by minutes which will save me a lot of time over a long period of work.

It’d also be really useful if at work you find yourself repeating the same action over an over again on web forms or data entry.

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Author: Dan Course

Dan Course, E-Learning Development at Warwick University (WMG). Agile Scrum trained and full-stack development. Interested in E-learning, Democracy, Politics and Tech. All thoughts are mine and not of my employer.

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