Flying on Rooftops - A New Tool for Cross-Browser Application Testing

Creating a perfectly up-to-date application in the market can be compared to climbing a long set of stairs to reach the top of a building. Just when everything has been fixed to accept the latest version updates, a stair falls out from under our feet, hindering our progress towards our goal.

Engineering teams today face some of the greatest challenges yet because they have to make sure that their code is valid and working across all browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. Developing an application like this is a herculean effort, but testing it on a living, breathing, and ever-changing environment of browsers is definitely the hardest part of trying to build a strong, reliable stairway.

Some teams have to force their end-users to stick with a particular browser. This greatly limits their consumer market and can result in a loss of clients. In today’s world, consumers need to be able to access material from many different platforms and browsers. It’s not too hard to imagine yourself in their shoes. Would the gaming industry go anywhere if the most recent games only played on Windows rather than on all platforms and even gaming consoles such as X-BOX and Playstation 3?

The answer is a definite “no”.

But, with industry leaders constantly forcing their users to ride the roller coaster of updates to the most important platform ever created – the browser – developers can’t be punished for having to adapt to agile testing in such unstable conditions.

In recent years, consumer demands have changed. No longer are most applications running on windows-based browser platforms. Today, we have to develop an application that is capable of being accessed and tested on many different platforms. With this new change comes the challenge of having to execute tests on all of these platforms to be assured that the app is working as expected. Having the right tool to help to address these testing needs is critical to success.

Conventional test automation technology cannot support testing and execution on all of these platforms due to the fact that it is API based. They are limited because they need to address combinations particular operating systems and technology under test. This multiplies the number of artifacts that have to be produced and maintained to address the same goal.

All of these parameters – limited tools and an extensive variety of environments – make our stair analogy very different. Instead of one building and one set of stairs, we have several that we have to reach at the same time. Walking is no longer sufficient. If only we could be like Spiderman and his trusty web, flying between these buildings at dizzying speeds. Our only option is to find a tool that makes cross-browser testing less of a hindrance and more of a benefit.

ZAP-fiX is just that tool. ZAP Technologies offers this solution to teams who are seeking to create a script once and test it anywhere. This directly results in a broader spectrum of clients and saves countless challenges and set-backs.  With ZAP-fiX, there is less room for error, and more room for progress. ZAP-fiX allows testing teams to automate cross-browser testing.

The ZAP-fiX unique object recognition system,  ZOE (ZAP ObjectConnector Engine) makes this possible. Today’s, users can develop a script once and play it across browsers without additional modification. This is a tremendous return of investment among test automation practices, especially when companies have put money into the use of the still leading HP QuickTest Professional. ZAP-fiX will help save time, budgets, and frustration while developing an application that holds its own in the vast ocean of the competitive market.

ZAP-fiX supports all versions of all browsers, including: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc.

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