Time is important variable that must be taken into account during software testing. In this post I will provide two examples how time influenced my software testing.
First influence was basic time lapse. I wrote test automation script for forgot password process. Script accessed email provider through the api in order to get email. And it worked for some time. And then it stopped working. There was no any change in application code for that feature. If you raise statement: "But previously that worked!" know that time variable kicked in. As application had not changed, I started to investigate testing environment changes.
I got message that username or password is wrong. But I was able to login in to email provider using those credentials. Error message had error code, and by searching for that error code I found out that there could be several reasons for the error. And my reason was that I was checking email above the allowed frequency threshold. Email provider changed that threshold from the moment when I wrote the script for the first time.
I got information about browser time zone settings.
While you are investigating what could be cause of issue that you have found, do not forget time variable. You will definitely have fun during that investigation!
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