You can’t go a single day without using your smartphone in this digital age. We all rely on smartphones for everything from ordering food, shopping, transportation, paying bills, navigating through traffic, banking, entertainment, attending office online, and so on. Even the user has become tech-savvy and is aware of the apps and programs he or she requires to solve his problem. If a mobile app fails to meet the users’ needs or crashes frequently, the user will not take a minute to switch to another application. Out of millions of mobile applications available out there, users prefer the ones that provide a great user experience and faster solutions to their problems. However, to achieve the delivery of an impeccable app experience one must opt for a strong mobile and web app testing strategy.
What is Continuous Testing?
According to Mordor Intelligence, the Continuous Testing market is predicted to expand from USD 1.48 billion in 2020 to USD 3.45 billion by 2026 (CAGR of 15.24 percent). Continuous testing is a software testing methodology used for identifying and resolving issues throughout the development process. It also implies testing at all stages of the DevOps process.
The above figure shows the process of DevOps. Continuous testing starts right from the planning stage till the monitoring stage. In other words, testing code changes as early as possible to mitigate business risks and their impact on users.
Let us understand how continuous testing helps enhance the quality of the app development strategy for mobile and web. The key benefits of continuous testing are:
- Faster Delivery of mobile and web apps:
Adopting continuous testing in combination with agile practices and DevOps has tremendously reduced the turnaround time for delivering software updates. It has reduced the app development and design time because committing small units of code significantly increases the deployment rate. Unlike traditional SDLC, continuous testing enables frequent, multiple weekly/monthly deployments. To get commendable results with continuous testing, one must adopt robust automated continuous testing tools to accelerate testing speed.
- Efficient testing
Every stage of the development pipeline is continuously tested to build a strong, secure, and flexible framework. Testing early gives an upper hand to the DevOps team as it helps them identify and rectify the bugs as early as possible. Frequent code commitments save a lot of time as testers don’t have to keep waiting in line to resolve bugs, as seen in traditional testing. Continuous testing also helps developers make appropriate test decisions at the right time (shift-left/ shift-right) regarding the delivery pipeline. Choosing high-end Continuous testing tools (like Appium, pCloudy, etc.) to perform automated testing further expedites the testing process. The continuous testing environment is flexible and agile which acts as a strong base for further expansion of the application.
- Maximum Test Coverage
Continuous testing is performed efficiently in an integrated environment at high speed with the help of integrated automation tools covering a different range of test cases, both functional and non-functional. It covers a range of test suites for performing regression, integrated, performance, cross-browser testing, etc.
Continuous testing improves the code quality, integrates smoothly with the DevOps process, provides continuous feedback, encourages team collaboration by breaking organizational silos, ensures application security, and creates an impeccable user experience.
Continuous testing has enhanced the application’s overall performance and efficiency. Additionally, high-quality automation testing tools can be used to get the most out of the testing capabilities. Testing early, testing often has become the first choice of every organization for the success of their mobile and web applications.