Manual Testing vs. Automation Testing


    What’s the difference between manual testing vs. automation testing? That’s what we break down in this blog. Plus, you’ll learn about the best type of testing.

    There are some major differences in automated testing vs. manual testing. In manual testing, a human performs the tests step by step, without test scripts. In automated testing, tests are executed without human assistance, oftentimes via test automation frameworks, along with other tools and software.

    What’s the Difference Between Manual and Automation Testing?
    The biggest difference between manual and automation testing is who executes the test case. In manual testing, the human tester does it. In automation testing, the tool does it.

    What Is Manual Testing?
    Manual testing is the process in which QA analysts execute tests one-by-one in an individual manner. The purpose of manual testing is to catch bugs and feature issues before a software application goes live.

    When manually testing, the tester validates the key features of a software application. Analysts execute test cases and develop summary error reports without specialized automation tools.

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    What Is Automation Testing?
    Automation testing is the process in which testers utilize tools and scripts to automate testing efforts.

    Automation testing helps testers execute more test cases and improve test coverage. When comparing manual vs. automation testing, manual takes longer. Automated testing is more efficient.

    How Manual Testing Works
    Manual testing is very hands-on. It requires analysts and QA engineers to be highly involved in everything from test case creation to actual test execution.

    How Automated Testing Works
    Automation testing involves testers writing test scripts that automate test execution. (A test script is a set of instructions to be performed on target platforms to validate a feature or expected outcome.)

    What Are the Strengths and Weaknesses of Automated Testing and Manual Testing?
    Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Manual testing is slow and tedious. But its strength is that it better handles complex scenarios. Automated testing requires coding and test maintenance. But on the plus side, it is much faster and covers many more permutations.