The methods that are used in testing the functionality or effectiveness of software test scripting and explanatory testing. They are majorly used by software engineers or test managers to see how their software functions. You find that all of them performs the same function, but one will work better for you depending on your preferences. Below are some of the differences between test scripting and explanatory testing.
When we start with definition test scripting is a complex set of instructions that testers must follow to see if the desired outcome is achieved. You find that this method is detailed and it requires an intensive preparation before the actual test is commenced. Test scripting should cover all the bases for it to uncover all the software errors. Since a lot of work is done when dealing with test scripting makes it tiresome.
Far from that explanatory testing relies on the experience and intuition of the testers to identify and correct errors by themselves. Another thing is that the testers are not supplied with the expected outcome in advance. On that way it will be able to identify even the errors that test script writing could not find. Besides that, when comparing their speed, you find that explanatory testing is faster than test scripting in identifying errors. Explanatory testing does not require a lot of work.
Test scripting is considered perfect in matters dealing with the identification and usage of the domain. Test scripting will require a lot of documentation and time to analyze the domain and use it in other steps to follow. Since explanatory testing does not require the domain but just the knowledge of the testers this makes suitable in analyzing unscripted tests.
Apart from that test scripting is not efficient in producing detailed scripts since it is intensive and consumes a lot of time. This involves the production of more detailed and formal record. If you compare them, explanatory testing is faster and efficient in the production of unscripted tests though it majorly it relies on the testers to document their findings.
Another thing is that test scripting formally verify the results against the set specifications. There is a difference since in explanatory testing the results are based on the tester’s expectations against the domain knowledge. This makes test scripting able to cover high-risk areas within a minute which can be overlooked by explanatory testing since it depends on testers.
Lastly, when you compare the costs you will find that test explanatory is more cost effective in analyzing software than test scripting which is tiresome and requires a lot of money.