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The broken concept of a Page object, or Why Developers Should Be Responsible For Test Automation

Preface: I am in the middle of writing a series of posts about test automation frameworks architecture. I am still going to continue that series, even though this posts kind of devaluate the whole test automation framework concept a bit. Sorry for that, just can't stop ranting. Looking through the internet I spotted a couple of posts where some test automation specialists were talking about "page object" "pattern"/"model", as it was something special they had invented. Well, I also have something to say about "page object". “Java test automation engineers were told that there are different patterns than a PageObject” ( ) "Page object" may be described as a pattern that allows us to decouple things you can do with the web page (external interface describing test/business logic) from the real implementation code you will h

Test automation framework architecture. Part 2 - Layered architecture

Probably the most popular architecture pattern used for test automation frameworks (TAF) is layered architecture. This pattern is so well known that on job interviews for some companies when they ask you about TAF architecture you are supposed to describe this one. If you don't - they think you know nothing about the architecture altogether. I suggest you first read a brilliant description of the pattern at the O'Reilly web page , cause in this post I am going to describe the pattern in a way it is usually applied to build test automation solution. Usually, there're three distinct layers, which may have different names, but follow the same logic mostly. Sometimes those layers called test layer , business-layer and core layer , but there're no standard names really. Key rules for layered architecture are the dependency direction (each level depending on the level below) and call direction (no level can call/reference code described in the level above). The rough