Software testing frequently encounters sporadic problems, such network outages. Even if the application being tested is working properly, these problems can cause automated test scenarios to fail. We have created a new retry functionality that automatically retries failed BDD scenarios in order to solve this issue. In this blog post we will have a look at the advantages of retrying unsuccessful scenarios, how it is implemented in NoCodeBDD, and how it works.
Why Retrying Failed Scenarios is Useful
Running automated test scenarios is a crucial component of software testing, but it may be irritating when they fail due to problems like network outages. Even if the application being tested is working well, one failed case can cause the entire test suite to fail. This may result in falsely negative test findings and reports.
Even one failing scenario during the execution of a full set of automated tests can dramatically slow down the process and reduce testing effectiveness. It might be more irritating when the failure results from a transient problem, such as a network outage, because the scenario might succeed if it were run again.
Rerunning failed scenarios is a plausible solution to these problems.
Retrying failed scenarios ensures that the test results accurately represent the behaviour of the application being tested and lowers the frequency of false negatives. As a result, test results are more accurate and it is less frustrating to not have to run the full test suite again because of a single scenario that failed due to network blip.
The testing procedure is made more effective and the test findings more precise by rerunning failed scenarios, giving testers confidence in the stability and calibre of the programme being tested.
How NoCodeBDD implements Retry Capability
As shown in the video below, in the settings page, we gave users the option to enable and define the number of retries. This enables users to alter the retry behaviour to suit their unique requirements. We also produced a report that details how many tries it took for the retry to succeed. This report offers insightful information about the network’s resilience and the test application’s functionality.
Benefits of Retry functionality
The retry functionality offers the following advantages:
The retry functionality eliminates false negatives and makes sure that the test results truly depict the behaviour of the application being tested by automatically retrying failed situations.
By automatically retrying unsuccessful instances and obviating the need for user involvement, the retry functionality saves time.
The retry report helps pinpoint potential areas for improvement by offering insightful data on the network’s stability and the test application’s performance.
Retries should only be used as a last resort, it is imperative to keep in mind. A test suite that uses too many retries may become unstable and have worse test reliability. Retries can be used to pass tests while masking implementation flaws in the system being tested (SUT). We advise using retries sparingly and tracking their frequency to spot problem areas in order to guarantee that they are used responsibly.
NoCodeBDD’s mitigation plan
We intend to introduce following features to improve the retry functionality so users would have a better insights:
- A report showing scenarios that are often fails and passes after retrying
- Graphically expressive reports that show unsuccessful efforts and the places of failure, and
- The use of a particular reserved tag, like “retry:2.”
In conclusion, the BDD scenarios’ retry functionality is a useful tool for enhancing the precision and effectiveness of software testing. We hope that this blog post has given you a helpful understanding of the reasons why, how it works, and the advantages it offers. Please get in touch with us if you have any inquiries or would want to find out more.