Visual Tests Overview

Visual tests comprise the basic building blocks of an automated testing solution. Silk Test Workbench uses visual tests to mimic the actions that are performed while testing an application. It controls an application or Web page in the same way that a user would by using keystrokes and mouse actions to select menus, list items, and buttons. When a visual test is recorded, Silk Test Workbench generates all the keystrokes and mouse clicks.

The actions taken to test an application, such as making menu selections, typing data, checking the way the data is processed, and so on, are represented as distinct steps in a visual test. Each step is a separate line in a visual test. These steps can be modified and played back once they are recorded.

Silk Test Workbench lets you quickly record and playback visual tests. Modify visual tests to include statements that cannot be recorded, to make amendments to reflect changes in the test application, or to create new visual tests by cutting and pasting steps from existing visual tests.

You can record visual tests automatically, manually edit visual tests, or use a combination of automatic and manual tests.

Silk Test Workbench VB .NET scripts contain a series of code lines while visual tests contain a series of test steps. Each line of code or test step executes an individual action against a test application.