All types of software development testing, especially mobile app development testing, are essential if business owners want their products or services to be competitive in the online market. Releasing software with bugs and broken links, has poor usability, and isn't cross-browser compatible can be a major failure.
The trouble is that there are over 50 types of software testing techniques. Some kinds of tests overlap, making it even more difficult to tell which tests are more important than others.
Here's a look at 16 of the most indispensable software development tests to ensure your software's efficiency before it joins the other millions of digital products and specialized tools on the market.
Functional testing is designed to verify that the result of an action is exactly as expected. Basically, the software does what it's meant to do. Functional tests comprise several subset tests.
Non-functional testing is designed to verify that the behind-the-scenes framework doesn't have any performance issues that affect the software's function; for example, testing reveals if the software application is reliable. Non-functional testing approaches also comprise several subset tests.
Unit testing determines the functioning of independent chunks of code to ensure there are no bugs or faults that will affect the overall piece of software.
Accessibility testing ensures that your desktop software and mobile app can be easily used by people with various disabilities, including hearing and vision impairment (for example, increased font size). The results must be replicated outside of the usual testing environments.
Integration testing looks at how well units function together as a whole. The function of one unit is dependent on the function of another. This test reveals if mistakes in the development process have created faults that must be fixed.
Load testing determines the software's capability to maintain its response time even when it's loaded to its maximum number of users accessing the program simultaneously. The goal is for the response time to remain the same or be within a second or two, regardless of the number of users.
End-to-end testing tells development teams that the entire software product provides the required high-quality user experience expected. Essentially, it tests the flow of the website or app that enables users to follow a clearly defined path to their goal. Testing teams also pay attention to client-facing and back-end functioning.
Acceptance testing determines if the system delivers a seamless performance outside of the production environment during a real-time trial. Business owners or clients test the system to see if it continues to meet their business requirements in a number of real-life scenarios. If they're happy with the results of the user acceptance testing technique, the product can be polished and delivered.
Scalability testing (also known as stress testing) looks to see at which point in the software testing process the app crashes when it's loaded with more than the maximum number of users. Look for a big difference in response times; for example, the difference between a three-second response time for 2000 users and a 45-second response time for 3500 users. The crash is likely to occur soon afterward; for example, at 4100 users.
Performance testing looks at the system's performance on multiple levels during various challenges. For example, reliability, speed, scalability, and responsiveness when processing a vast number of requests or storing/managing huge amounts of data. Performance tests include:
Smoke testing is when the functioning of the whole system is tested to spot-check for any faults or to give the project the green light. It's to see if the software performs as it's supposed to. It's a quick test, so many developers use it as a measure to determine if further testing is required.
Black box testing is a simple enough process. The software undergoes a software testing procedure without any knowledge of the internal workings, including structure, design, and coding. The goal is to determine the input and output of test objects.
Grey box testing combines elements of white-box and black-box testing techniques, which gives users partial knowledge of the internal framework and coding.
White box testing is when the user knows the internal structure and coding. It's a software testing technique designed to find gaps and loopholes in the design, so they can be plugged.
Exploratory testing is conducted periodically to ensure all the systems work properly. It's a good way to pick up bugs and other faults before the problem increases as more and more features are added to the code. It's a good idea for testers to go back to a previous version to check that repairs are still in place and the bug hasn't popped up elsewhere.
Browser compatibility testing is exactly as it sounds. The application is tested on all browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari) and operating systems (Microsoft Windows, Android, and Linux). It's one of the more basic tests to determine if all the browser-related functional requirements have been met.
All types of software must be tested, regardless of whether it's for desktops or mobile devices. Only after rigorous testing can application development companies release their products. Laminar Consulting's custom mobile a
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