Oracle testing tools

If you’re an Oracle Cloud apps user and looking for Oracle testing tools, this blog is for you. Oracle works on the principle of continuous innovation and rolls out quarterly updates. However, manually testing these updates in a short duration of two weeks can be a daunting task. That’s why Oracle customers need to move to test automation to keep pace with the frequency and breadth of Oracle quarterly releases. Among available Oracle testing tools, Selenium, OATS (Oracle application test suite), and Opkey are considered as the most popular. In this blog, we will discuss the pros and cons of these tools and would recommend one to you.

Selenium

It is a natural choice of QA teams as it is a free & open-source tool with a large community of users. Selenium isn’t a single tool, it is a suite of tools that can cater different testing needs. Test automation suite of Selenium consists of Selenium IDE, Selenium WebDriver and Selenium Grid.

  • Selenium IDE: Selenium Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is an easy-to-use interface that is used to create automation scripts by recording the user’s interactions with the app. We can say that it is a free recording plugin for browsers to record, edit, debug, and replay functional tests.
  • Selenium WebDriver: It is a cross-platform testing framework that could configure and control the browsers on the OS level. It is a programming interface that is used by test engineers and developers to create and run test cases.
  • Selenium Grid: It facilitates parallel testing across different browsers.

Selenium has everything to support automated testing. However, when it comes to test automate Oracle, Selenium isn’t considered as a reliable option.

  • Selenium uses object locators in a webpage to test automate applications. These locators can be ID, Name, XPath, or CSS. However, Oracle applications are dynamic in nature and don’t have fixed attributes like ID, Name, XPath, or CSS. Whenever these properties are tweaked, Selenium will no longer identify and the scripts tend to fail.
  • As Oracle rolls out quarterly updates, test script maintenance can be a great effort as Oracle can add new screens, buttons, or user flows. As Selenium scripts cannot automatically adapt changes, it will lead to test failures, flaky/brittle tests or build failures.
  • Selenium requires coding knowledge to create test automation scripts. Since business users are not programmers, they will find it difficult to create test cases with Selenium.
  • With Selenium, it is difficult to resolve failed tests as it doesn’t offer troubleshooting or reporting capabilities.

Oracle application test suite (OATS)

OATS is owned by Oracle and supports automated testing across web based applications – Oracle EBS Forms, JD Edwards, Siebel, PeopleSoft, etc. Since OATS is developed by Oracle, it offers great compatibility with Oracle’s applications and is definitely the most preferred choice. OATS supports load testing and manages testing activities including test execution, scheduling the executions, bug or defect tracking.

  • The only drawback with OATS is that it is very costly and it can be very complicated to manage security rights when multiple types of users are executing testing at an enterprise level.
  • In case of Oracle Cloud updates, you need to validate your critical integrations with other applications after every release. However, OATS only supports Oracle’s packaged applications & web-based products. So, you need additional automation tools to ensure complete test coverage.

Opkey

Opkey is a zero-code test automation platform that offers 3 day Oracle Cloud update certification. Opkey combines patent pending “test mining” technology with AI and machine learning to offer you the speed and agility you need to keep pace with Oracle frequent updates.

  • Opkey is a zero code test automation platform that doesn’t require programming knowledge to operate.
  • Opkey’s AI powered engines offer 1-click automation. You don’t need to be a programmer to automate scripts with Opkey.
  • Opkey comes with self-healing capabilities. It means that whenever test automation scripts break due to change in the object property (Name, ID, Xpath, CSS etc.), Opkey automatically detects changes in elements and fixes them dynamically without human intervention.

The only disadvantage with Opkey is that you need commercial licensing to use it.