Testing your software is an integral part of your project: it could make or break your work, so it’s vital you carry out this phase in the best way possible. If you miss any points, then you could be releasing a product that has faults. If you need more time for testing, then you could miss your deadline.
The success of your program will depend on how good your testing process is – so can you automate any part of this phase? The good news is that yes, you can: there are many parts of testing that can be automated, which can help you to achieve your goals. These are some of the tests you could automate.
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Unit testing looks at the smallest part of an application to check its function, and this method can be combined with automated testing. Unit testing could mean every line of code is scanned as a separate item, and it can help to prevent bugs from occurring.
This can be time-consuming if you complete unit testing manually, and the risk of human errors can also go up. By automating these tests, you can run multiple test cases as each line of code is created. It means that your developers will have a better understanding of the integrity of your software program, and its potential value to its end-user, while it is in the process of being developed.
This testing confirms that a program or code change has not adversely affected any existing features in the software. Regression testing is a partial or full selection of test cases that have already been carried out, which are then rechecked to make sure that any existing functions are working.
It means that any old code you have in your program is still working when the most recent code changes have been implemented. There is a range of QA automation tools that you could use for this type of testing.
An application programming interface – or API – makes it possible for the software to communicate with other applications. So this will need to be tested, as with any other software.
The items tested here will be function, security, and compliance. You can test the request and response of web applications, and also check to see if they are secure and encrypted.
These types of tests can be completed immediately after building is finished. This is to check that the app is still working after this point. These smoke tests will need to be executed many times, so it would be a huge benefit to you if they’re automated.
These can be both functional (i.e., to test the business logic of an application) as well as non-functional (i.e., non-business requirements, which can include performance and security). Security tests will look for vulnerabilities, while functional tests will include those that are related to items such as authorization, whereas non-functional ones will look at cross-site scripting, SQL injection, plus others.