Continuous Testing – The Success Mantra for Agile & DevOps

Software technology has evolved over the years and is still changing each day. Each business company is trying its best to offer a better software application, with enhanced and error-free features. Products are becoming consumer-oriented and more flexible to embrace the changes as technology evolves. 

Agile and DevOps practices have adopted a continuous testing process which has helped developers move parallel with the changing demands of the consumers. This has become one of the most effective ways for the success of Agile and DevOps transformation and also made enterprises reach greater heights.

Why continuous testing?

With the implementation of continuous testing, the occurrences of broken builds have reduced drastically. Also at the same time, there is a considerable decline of elongated time-period needed to resolve the issue. The major reasons why developers prefer continuous testing are, 

  1. The team can deliver an enhanced version of the software at the end. 
  2. Defects are identified at a very early stage and thereby, making the development process cost-effective. 
  3. This increases the scope of improving any business product and team.

The testing goes on and on…

Agile methodology: Parallel working practice where the boundary of a new code developed is determined along with cross-checking a path through which, the software is implemented. These are referred to as, unit and coverage tests, respectively. Unit tests are run anytime a developer builds a code. The coverage test ensures that the software code always has a corresponding path or explanation.  

A central build allows integrating different components of one single code and to build & run this software. It runs all the associated tests as well, whenever a new code is checked in. This entire process, run by central build, takes place in a container build on a cloud server.  

There are three major types of testing processes that are done during the development of software. The first one makes sure that the new features work properly. The second type, tests which functions work with each other, while the third testing process ensures that your component worked with the needs of consumers or customer journey as expected. 

Mock Tests

Testing simulated or fake services identical to those of the actual software can be helpful in the developing process. Live situations can be tested through simulation that will help build software. 

Is my product free of all errors? 

Continuous testing is a process where there is a need for constant checking of all testing components. Engineers look at how the testing process is evolving and if it is going at the same pace as that of features needed in software. Technical debt occurs when there is no mock testing. This implies there should be done later when software performance checks are done. A perfect central build signals that the testing and development process was a success.  

Continuous testing has improved not just the product quality but also improved the developer performance in an enterprise. Developers make sure that the code for the product is error-free and is adaptable for any change.

 

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