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End to End testing


When our application gets deployed through our Continuous Delivery pipeline, we want to know that an application is working when it is deployed to our pre-production and production environments.


Even though unit tests are passing, there may be issues with the application startup, or the deployment configuration, or in the downstream dependencies, which keeps our application from working. An End to End test is a type of test that runs an automated functional test over the entire scope of our application, which simulates how our clients will be using our application, to ensure that the features remain working, even when integrating with live downstream services and external interfaces.


Our starter kits ship out of the box with an End to End testing step as part of their delivery pipeline.


Writing E2E functional tests: Ideally, if BDD done right: after the UAT is defined in story.

Running E2E functional tests: A lightweight E2E smoke test suite should be run as part of the delivery pipeline, a more robust regression suite should be run on a daily basis (assuming CI)


When writing your tests, please keep the following standards in mind with respect to code, documentation, HTML, and CSS.



  • Selectors and methods are gathered in page objects. A unique file for each different page in a dedicated page object folder.1
  • Test filename is relevant.
  • Test file is running a single use case.
  • Profile/account information in a JSON file is stored in Vault secrets.


  • How to run the tests.
  • Test plan.


  • Selectors: should be reliable, readable and durable.2
  • Lint: use the same package as for the BFF and UI to respect TELUS Digital standards and consistency in the repository.3
  • Chose explicit wait over implicit wait, never mix together.4
  • Code cleanup: remove everything from the starterkit that is not relevant in the project (hello-page, analytics for authenticated experience like My TELUS, ...).
  • Each test case is running in a reasonable timeline (~2-3 minutes max).
  • Each test case offers a good description of the pages, steps, and naming of methods.
  • Custom commands and assertions are respecting the NightwatchJS and NodeJS style standards.
  • Assertions on UI copy are to be used only for rational business cases.


API's shall be end-to-end tested using node-fetch, to query the API endpoints and verify that they are working. Authenticated APIs should be able to log in, in order to test secured endpoints.


UI's shall be end-to-end tested using Nightwatch.js. Nightwatch runs an automated Chrome web browser against our deployed user interface, and tests the application as a user would, by browsing through the pages, clicking links, and filling out forms.

Sauce Labs

We can also use Nightwatch to test our application on Sauce Labs (a cross-browser testing platform), which offers us the ability to test innumerable desktop and mobile browsers in parallel. The isomorphic starter kit ships with the tooling necessary to run its tests against Saucelabs.

Currently we do not have enough threads to run this as part of our pipelines, so it is used for ad-hoc testing. You'll need to authenticate with shippy in order to get the credentials necessary to use the ./ CLI tool.

Device lab



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