Automation Testing Using Visual Basic 6.0

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I have used and taught classes in Microsoft Visual Basic® since its Version 2.0, in addition to teaching and consulting on test automation. Since I work for a Quality Assurance company, Data Dimensions, Inc., most of the students I have trained have been testers. The tester's goal, usually, was to gain programming experience and to perhaps build test utilities in VB. Yet, the courses I taught were initially the same as the courses taught to developers. 

I have used and taught classes in Microsoft Visual Basic® since its Version 2.0, in addition to teaching and consulting on test automation. Since I work for a Quality Assurance company, Data Dimensions, Inc., most of the students I have trained have been testers. The tester's goal, usually, was to gain programming experience and to perhaps build test utilities in VB. Yet, the courses I taught were initially the same as the courses taught to developers. 

Quite naturally, these courses began to evolve to fit what a tester needs to know. To support this, I spent some time researching what was being done with Visual Basic for test automation in our own company and compared that to the other major test automation tools we use.

I learned more as I spoke with testers around the country about their use of Visual Basic for automation testing. From the experiences, our course development team and I put together a course called Visual Basic for Testers. This course has since been taught on both coasts so has afforded us the opportunity to be on-site at companies speaking to testers about their use of VB. There are some exciting things going on with Visual Basic in testing these days. Visual Basic can be, and is being, used very effectively on automation projects in a variety of ways.

About the author

Mary Sweeney's picture Mary Sweeney

 

Mary Sweeney is a Senior Consultant and Instructor for Data Dimensions, Inc., specializing in automation testing. She has taught courses and consulted on automation topics across the United States and in London, England. In 1999, Mary developed the Visual Basic for Testers course for DDI and has since taught it at major companies on both coasts. She has been a speaker at the Software Quality Assurance User’s Group and the Seattle Visual Basic Developer’s Association.

 

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