With the advent of technologies, making software is pretty much faster, better and more innovative. For making the software development process much easier, there are many tools and methodologies that are adopted by many organisations. One such example is the DevOps methodology. With these measures, the different aspects of software development are made easy and hassle-free, However, the testing phase still faces considerable confusion and challenges in adoption of these modern methodologies.
As software release cycle shrinks from years or months to weeks much faster, how are the testing practices handled to ensure that it does not compromise the development and delivery of software as per schedule? Clearly, the testing phase is generally considered as a frustrating bottleneck in software production. However, with the introduction of continuous testing, the testing processes are all significantly improved and not frustrating for the organisation.
What is Continuous Testing
According to Wikipedia, Continuous Testing is defined as the process of executing automated tests as part of the software delivery pipeline to obtain immediate feedback on the business risks associated with a software release candidate. The purpose of continuous testing is to implement an ongoing testing process that exists throughout the entire software and delivery cycle. Automation is definitely a big part of continuous testing.
Adopting Continuous Testing
Continuous testing is definitely important in the software development process. By following certain steps, we can ensure that continuous testing is exactly working as it is without any hiccups. Let us see some of the measures.
Defining testing methods earlier
For a testing procedure to go on smoothly without errors, the requirements must be clear and precise, else it leads to delays and reworks. By clearly documenting and defining the testing requirements, scripts etc. in the early stages itself will result in efficient testing of the code and saves considerable time needed for the process. For achieving this, techniques such as Behavior-Driven Development (BDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) etc. can be used.
Running the testing process the entire time to ensure code coverage is not a good idea as it results in wastage of resources and increases testing cycles. Instead of performing unnecessary testing procedures, optimize the testing processes by testing only what you need to test. This saves money and other resources. By using tools such as visual models, it allows optimizing processes such that only necessary testing resources are needed for ensuring maximum code coverage.
The practice of shift left testing is quite effective in the software development cycle. In shift left, the testing procedure is done in the earlier stages of the software development cycle. In this approach, the developers test the completed code as they develop the next. Test automation spans UI, functional, performance, and security. The teams usually work together and are sole;y focused on delivering the right value of the business to the customer.
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