A Guide To Software Testing

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 testingtest-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.

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Optimizely Announces Enhanced Experimentation Platform at Opticon20

Optimizely, the world’s leader in progressive delivery and experimentation, today at Opticon20 announced several new products and partnerships, including integrations with enterprise platforms that make it easier for customers to leverage progressive delivery and experimentation to drive more agile, competitive business decisions. “Businesses cannot survive in today’s environment by guessing,” said Claire Vo, Chief Product Officer, … continue reading

Engineering practices that advance testing

Testing practices are shifting left and right, shaping the way software engineering is done. In addition to the many types of tests described in this Deeper Look, test-driven development (TDD), progressive engineering and chaos engineering are also considered testing today. TDD TDD has become popular with Agile and DevOps teams because it saves time. Tests … continue reading

SD Times news digest: The GitHub Container Registry, AWS Bottlerocket, and Postman’s web client for API development

GitHub has introduced a new container registry to improve how it handles containers within packages. The registry is available as a public beta, and will enable users to enforce better access policies, encourage the usage of standard base images, and promote innersourcing.  “While GitHub Packages already gives teams greater traceability of their software supply chain, … continue reading

There’s more to testing than simply testing

Rapid innovation and the digitalization of everything is increasing application complexity and the complexity of environments in which applications run. While there’s an increasing emphasis on continuous testing as more DevOps teams embrace CI/CD, some organizations are still disproportionately focused on functional testing. “Just because it works doesn’t mean it’s a good experience,” said Thomas … continue reading

Guest View: The de-evolution of software testing

Software testing is nearing the end of its Cretaceous period.  Personally, I invite the proverbial asteroid to advance its destructive approach so the practice of software testing can continue down its much-needed evolutionary journey. Don’t get me wrong, software testing has not been totally stagnant; it did evolve during its Cretaceous period.  The most significant … continue reading

Autonomous testing: Are we there yet?

A couple of years ago, there was a lot of hype about using AI and machine learning (ML) in testing, but not a lot to show for it. Today, there are many options that deliver important benefits, not the least of which are reducing the time and costs associated with testing. However, a hands-on evaluation … continue reading

AI and ML make testing smarter… but autonomous tools are a long way from being enterprise-ready

AI and machine learning (ML) are finding their way into more applications and use cases. The software testing vendors are increasingly offering “autonomous” capabilities to help customers become yet more efficient. Those capabilities are especially important for Agile and DevOps teams that need to deliver quality at speed. However, autonomous testing capabilities are relatively new, … continue reading

DevOps Report: Testing is Everything

DevOps teams often struggle to meet speed and quality goals simultaneously. Intelligent test automation company mabl just released its 2020 State of DevOps Report based on a survey of 1,000 software professionals, including testers and QA professionals (59%) as well as developers and engineers (34%). The key takeaway is that manual testing doesn’t cut it. … continue reading

Software development and testing considerations

Did you know there are at least 60 defined software development methodologies that have come out over the past five decades? The various options boggle the mind. Waterfall, lean, and agile are some of the best known, but there are so many more, including Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) and Test-Driven Development (TDD), as well … continue reading

Traditional QA won’t address today’s performance issues

We test because something broke in the past, because we care about quality code, and we want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again. Quality Assurance (QA) testing was a response to the realization that we should proactively seek out problems in our software, before any new code is deployed into production, so … continue reading

HCL AppScan 10 to come with improved app security testing capabilities

HCL has announced a major update to its automated application security testing and management tool. AppScan 10 is designed to provide faster and more accurate security scans, secure DevOps and help enterprises manage application security problems.  “AppScan V10 is another example of HCL Software’s commitment to unlocking new value in a battle-tested product that thousands … continue reading

The role of QA in a shift-left world

The uptake in Agile and DevOps processes has led to changes in how software is written, tested, secured and deployed. Among the key changes organizations are making is to decentralize their test and QA teams. This is being done in response to organizations first looking to modernize testing practices by shifting testing to the left … continue reading

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