We have a web application that we want to start running regression tests on, and one of the things I'm supposed to look for when choosing an alternative is a tool that has a recorder. However, I get the general feeling that it is frowned upon, and that writing tests in code is preferred. What are the eventual disadvantages or advantages of using a record and playback tool for regression testing?
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I would not recommend record and play for regression testing for following reasons
I would say its like hand coding a website even though you have a WYSIWYG editor at your disposal. For learning and beginning with a tool and see its constructs you can use record and play but to make stable, maintainable and standard based tests you should hand code it taking help of record functionality if required.
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