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CenterTest Restartability: Consistency in Unpredictable Testing Scenarios

Continuing our exploration of CenterTest’s suite of features, we’ve seen how it integrates UI and API testing and manages Excel-based data-driven testing. Today, we’re focusing on functionality that sets CenterTest apart in the realm of software testing – Restartability. This feature significantly enhances the consistency and continuity of test execution, even with unforeseen circumstances.

The Challenge of Unpredictable Testing Scenarios

In the ever-changing landscape of software testing, unpredictability is a constant companion. Your test may fail due to a web page going down, a web service being unavailable, any number of unexpected scenarios. Furthermore, some tests can’t be completed in a single execution due to constraints such as the time needed to produce documents, time travel, or manual interactions. These interruptions typically disrupt the testing process and necessitate either splitting the tests, or starting the test from the beginning, leading to a loss of time and resources.

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The Solution: CenterTest’s Restartability Feature

CenterTest’s Restartability feature offers a brilliant solution to these challenges. This feature introduces the concept of ‘Restart Points’ to allow a test to resume from a specific point rather than starting from the beginning.

A Restart Point is a defined point in your test where CenterTest can safely resume execution after an interruption. When your test hits a snag, you can pick up where you left off instead of starting over. This capability saves time and resources and brings consistency to the testing process in an otherwise unpredictable environment.

Using Restart Points in CenterTest

Utilizing Restart Points in your testing process is straightforward:

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  1. Defining Restart Points: As you create your tests in CenterTest, you can define Restart Points at strategic locations in the test. These points should be placed where it’s safe to resume the test if interrupted.
  1. Running the Tests: Execute your tests as usual. If a test fails or needs to be paused for any reason, CenterTest will save the state of the test at the last Restart Point.
  1. Resuming the Test: When you’re ready to resume the test, CenterTest picks up from the last Restart Point, skipping the steps that have already been completed. This ensures that the test can continue smoothly without unnecessary repetitions.

In summary, CenterTest’s Restartability feature is a powerful tool in unpredictable testing scenarios. Allowing tests to resume from known points brings resilience and consistency to your testing process. Whether you’re dealing with a sudden webpage downtime, a web service unavailability, or a complex test requiring multiple sessions, you can rely on CenterTest’s Restartability to keep your testing process efficient and on track.

Kim Filiatrault
Founder and President

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