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  • Drive applications using screenshots and Sikuli's simple syntax
  • Build a library of reusable test fragments to manage large test suites
  • Access Java from within Sikuli to leverage Java's power within your Sikuli scripts
  • Debug tests through video logging for later analysis
  • Learn techniques for making tests fault tolerant
  • Build up an automated test suite for an application
  • Understand performance optimization of Sikuli tests
  • Develop a comprehensive framework for managing and executing tests

Automated testing of applications is a hot topic in software development, but doing it effectively and flexibly is a difficult task. Sikuli provides an excellent balance, leveraging the simplicity of constructing tests using screenshots and the expressive power of the Python programming language to construct automated tests.

Instant Sikuli Starter: Effective Test Automation presents a series of examples that build on one another to demonstrate the key features provided by Sikuli. You will also learn additional techniques that will allow you to construct effective automated application test suites quickly and easily.

Beginning with a quick introduction to Sikuli, you will be guided through everything you need to know to write your own script with Sikuli. Learn how to use Sikuli for automated testing starting from the very basics, such as starting applications, taking screenshots, and navigating the mouse, before moving on to more advanced topics like constructing large testing suites using reusable test fragments. Along the way, you will also learn how to leverage Sikuli's links to both the Python language and Java to create richer tests. Everything you'll need to write effective tests, manage test suites, execute tests, and generate reports is presented in a series of examples demonstrating the power of Sikuli. Towards the end of this book, you will become more confident in your ability to execute test suites and generate reports using Sikuli.

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results
  • Write simple tests using the Sikuli IDE
  • Construct a framework for running your tests and reporting results
  • Learn best practices for building reusable Sikuli scripts and sharing capabilities between them
Page Count 54
Course Length 1 hours 37 minutes
ISBN 9781782167884
Date Of Publication 25 Jul 2013


Ben Lau

Ben Lau has worked as a software and build engineer since the mid 90s. He began his career as an intern for a major university in Southern California, working on virtual reality training systems, and continued there for almost 10 years, working on a variety of projects. After leaving the university to join a spin-off developing language training applications for the military,he began to specialize in build and release engineering and also branched out into automated testing. He is currently employed at a midsized startup in the Los Angeles area, working as their build and release manager.