Software testing is a well known practice in which development teams investigate whether or not the software they’ve built actually does what it is supposed to do, and does not contain any errors that will affect the performance or security of the application. With the ongoing pressure to deliver software faster than ever before, software testing has become even more imperative to a business’ success.
There are many different approaches teams can take for software testing — automated testing, A/B testing, continuous testing, test-driven development and QA testing to name a few. In addition, there are many different areas and stages within the software that teams need to worry about.
The two main focuses associated with software testing are verification and validation. Verification ensures the software is working as specified, and validation ensures the software satisfies the requirements it was intended for. As software continues to be an important part of the business, testing will need to shift left in the lifecycle and be applied throughout the development process earlier and more often.
Mobile app testing is different from web application testing. Mobile app users seek a lot more than just app’s functionality, like sleek design, simple user experience, and speed. Due to a highly competitive market, users can find a better alternative to an existing app if they are not satisfied with it. Mobile app testing plays … continue reading
Testing has always required tools to be effective. However, the tools continue to evolve with many of them becoming faster, more intelligent and easier to use. Continuous testing (CT) necessarily recognizes the importance of testing throughout the software delivery life cycle. However, given the rapid pace of CT, tests need to run in parallel with … continue reading
Continuous testing (CT) has been the missing piece of the Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) movement, but that’s changing out of necessity. While organizations say they’re “delivering value to customers” at an ever-accelerating pace, customers may disagree with the definition of “value” when software quality doesn’t keep pace. In fact, software quality may actually decrease as … continue reading
Continuous integration (CI), continuous testing (CT) and continuous delivery (CD) should go hand-in-hand, but CT is still missing from the CI/CD workflow in most organizations. As a result, software teams eventually reach an impasse when they attempt to accelerate release cycles further with CI/CD. What they need to get to from both a mindset and … continue reading
As it’s been since ARPANET, functional web software today is mostly shipped by luck, duct tape, or sheer will. Ask any engineer with tenure at an ecommerce company and they can tell you about the last time they broke checkout, the defining feature of doing commerce online. Every year we have groundbreaking technologies that change … continue reading
Organizations continue to modernize their software development and delivery practices to minimize the impact of business disruption and stay competitive. Many of them have adopted continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), but continuous testing (CT) tends to be missing. When CT is absent, software delivery speed and code quality suffer. In short, CT is … continue reading
Agile and DevOps is all about managing change through continuous improvements in people, processes and technologies to deliver high-quality software as fast as possible. However, since the invention of software, one hurdle that remains the same is the software testing process. A survey shared with the SD Times community reports that 70% of organizations have … continue reading
Application visual management company Applitools released Root Cause Analysis (RCA) today, a module for the company’s visual testing suite that allows for more accurate identification of bugs in web applications through automated tests and visual comparisons. The utility is capable of automating much of the time-consuming effort that goes into pinpointing which elements of a … continue reading
The software industry keeps expressing it is under immense pressure to keep up with market demand and deliver software faster. Automated testing is an approach that came out to not only help speed up software delivery, but to ensure the software that did come out did what it was supposed to do. For some time … continue reading
With the goal of bringing automated testing into value stream management, CollabNet VersionOne and Parasoft today announced a partnership that will offer integration of their tools. “It’s a great fit,” said CollabNet VersionOne CEO Flint Brenton. “Less than 50 percent, around 35 percent, of our customers are doing automated testing.” That type of testing can … continue reading
Agile and DevOps change the game for software testing.It’s not just a matter of accelerating testing—it’s also about fundamentally altering the way that quality is measured. Agile requires teams to test faster and earlier. And DevOps demands a more deep-seated shift. The test outcomes required to drive a fully-automated release pipeline are dramatically different than … continue reading
Parasoft says it is reducing the time it takes to do unit testing with the latest release of Jtest. Jtest is the company’s automated Java software testing and static analysis tool. According to the company, Jtest 10.4 increases code coverage while greatly reducing the time it takes to do unit testing compared to previous versions. … continue reading