Draft and Published Tests

Draft Mode provides you the ability to quickly validate a test prior to incorporating it into your broader test suite. When a test is run in Draft Mode, a Rainforest tester will provide feedback that you may incorporate into the test to further improve it prior to publishing, setting live, the test.

Draft Mode enables you to:

  • Author passing tests faster by decreasing feedback loops
  • Utilize an improved workflow for moving new tests into a passing state
  • Separate tests that are being worked on from tests that are live and running

It is important to note that any test you create in Rainforest will start in a Draft state (except when creating a test via the CLI or DevX). This allows you to create tests while ensuring that they won't accidentally get run alongside Published tests or block an existing Run Group. Once you are ready to set the test live, you can Publish it knowing that your test is accurately written and ready to provide QA coverage. 

Determining if a test is in a Draft state

  • DRAFT is noted at top of test writing page
  • A yellow bar at the top noting This test is currently in draft state and is disabled from running until published
  • Run button is displayed as Run Draft
  • Test results are on the Draft Runs page as compared to the Runs page
  • Tests shown on the Tests page have a yellow square with a pencil.  Please note disabled tests have a similar icon 

Running a Draft Test

When running a Draft Test it is important to note that it can only be run on a single browser and that only a single tester will be used to execute the test. The tester will validate the integrity of the test and pass or fail it as appropriate. Their focus is to provide feedback in hopes of ensuring that your test will not only pass, but have clear instructions that enable it to effectively run against the testing crowd.

With that in mind, to begin a draft run simply follow the below steps:

  1. Select Run Draft
  2. Select a browser from the pop-up window.
    NOTE: A test may only be run on a single browser in Draft Mode
  3. Select Confirm

Draft Results

After a draft test is completed, the result of the run can be found on the Draft Runs page.

To navigate to this page you may follow the below pathway:

  1. Select Results
  2. Select Draft Runs 
  3. Comments left by testers are indicated by a BLUE chat icon

To view feedback from testers (after it has been run), click the comment icon to see any comments that were left by the tester. The comments may apply to the test as a whole or even specific to individual steps.  

Setting to Published

Once you are satisfied with the test you may publish it.  Unlike a draft run, published tests are run using multiple testers and have the ability to be simultaneously run on multiple browsers. You will still receive feedback from testers when necessary, but it will focus on the rationale behind why a test passed or failed.

To set a test to published, once you are in the test:

  1. Select Publish OR
  2. Select the Down Arrow next to Run Draft and select Publish Test

Now when run, the test will execute in a published state. Results will be shown on the Runs page as compared to the Draft Run page as displayed in the screenshot shown further up the page.


Setting to a Draft State

In the event that you want to return a published test back into a draft state, you have the opportunity to accomplish this at any point in time.

To set a test to Draft, once you are in the test:

  1. Select Down Arrow next to Run and select Set Test to Draft 

Draft Tests Management

You have the ability to view all tests within your suite that are currently in a draft state.

To view all your draft tests:

  1. Click on the Tests side navigation tab
  2. Click on Test Type
  3. Select Draft Tests

Results returned are all tests within your suite that are currently in a draft state

CLI Functionality for Draft and the Published States

The draft feature is available for CLI and DevX users. New tests uploaded or created via the CLI or API do NOT start in the draft state automatically though.

To set a test to a Draft state, use the headers # state: draft.

For more documentation on the Rainforest CLI, please see our CLI read me.

For additional information on Draft - please contact us at support@rainforestqa.com

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