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Discussion on: Top 3 mistakes every Test Automation Engineer make

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Dilpreet Johal Author

Thanks for the feedback! I agree with your point that not all tests can be less than a minute and that's why I said "ideally" try to keep it less than a minute. The main focus is to make your test do 1 thing instead of mixing multiple flows together.

In some of the examples above, I've seen people do this ->

  • Account creation
  • App setup
  • Order payment flow

All these in 1 test when they wanted to only test the payment flow and that ends up making your test around 4-5 mins now. So, we need to be careful of such scenarios when writing e2e tests.

And, to your point "How in the world can we have e2e tests that too UI tests take less than a minute .." - with majority of the JavaScript frameworks nowadays, tests runs extremely fast and if setup properly by taking advantage of app state + mocked/seeded data, you can easily keep them under a minute including the flows you have mentioned above.

Still, the point of the article is not the "time" of the tests but more so knowing what exactly your tests are doing. If you can have long running stable tests and it works for you and your team then that's what matters at the end of the day.