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Pattern Summary
When running tests display which test case is currently executing

Category
Execution

Context
This pattern is helpful when running unattended tests

Description
When executing long-running automated tests it is quite useful to be able to see at a glance which test case is currently executing. To achieve this you should display the test case Id somewhere on the screen

Implementation
Some suggestions:
  • If you are testing windows in which you have to insert text that is inconsequential for the test case, simply insert the test case id.
  • If your test tool or TEST AUTOMATION FRAMEWORK supports it, write the test case information to some otherwise unused screen area.

Experiences
from Seretta: One of the applications we test automatically is our portfolio management for insurance policies. Whatever test case we designed, we always needed a partner name as the policy holder, so as a rule the partner’s name is identical with the unique test case id. In this way just glancing at the screen tells us how far the suite has been executed.

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