Every developer wants to develop the perfect software; and once the development stage is over, they release it expecting it to work flawlessly. Unfortunately, this is always not the case and many software that hit the market fail to meet the consumers’ expectations. This results in a poor brand image, consumer dissatisfaction, and ultimately an increased overall costs.
Software issues are a frequent occurrence. Some users have hardware issues while others complain of data defects. Then there are some software that are difficult to use and/or do not deliver the expected results. Whatever the case is, software failures are generally hard to deal with. In fact, apart from causing the software developing team a lot of frustrations, software failures cost the U.S. economy a loss of approximately $59.5 billion each year. The Report by NIST also claims that more than a third of these costs could be eliminated by an improved testing infrastructure.
Testing is an integral component of any software development project and is carried out to investigate the quality of the software. If a product has to satisfy the users, it needs to pass a series of the test through each phase of the developmental cycle. If an error is discovered, the software goes for correction after which it undergoes tests again. The cycle continues until the product reaches the desired level of quality.
The quality assurance tools incorporate a variety of testing approaches like unit testing, functional testing, system testing, load testing, regression testing, usability testing, and acceptance testing. Software testing can be performed manually or through automation testing tools.
Manual vs. Automated Testing
Throughout a developer’s career, he will ask himself the question: “Should I use manual testing methods or run automated tests?”
As the name implies, a manual testing method is conducted manually. A human tester sits in front of the computer and tries to catch any bugs and faulty behavior of the software without using any tools, script, and software.
On the other hand, automated testing integrates specific tools to execute tests and it is carried out repeatedly during the developmental cycle of software development.
Both methods of testing are effective; however, the former often leaves room for errors as it is conducted by humans and the human eye is prone to missing out a few errors which is the biggest drawback of manual testing.
According to the latest software testing trends, automation testing is going to the hit the market big time. In fact, around 35% of the companies have already implemented automation testing in their practice while 29% are expected to integrate it by the end of this year.
But why are so many companies opting for automation testing when the traditional modules also work (most of the time)? Isn’t it an added expense? Will automated testing tools completely mitigate errors from a developing software?
Although there is no 100% guarantee of error-free software through automated testing, it does come close.
Mentioned ahead are some of the biggest advantages of using automated software testing:
Saves time and money
Manual testing takes up unnecessary time which developers can spend on other more important projects. Software tests have to be repeated every time a code is changed. Doing so manually is not only time consuming but also costly as testers also have to be employed to perform the task.
However, automated tests are quick and once created can be repeated automatically throughout the course of software development. This also speeds up the development phase and allows the dev team to launch the software in a timely manner.
Allows early detection of bugs
The primary goal of the developers and the testing team is to rectify bugs as soon as possible. The defects that are found late in the department are not only challenging to fix but also require more time and money. However, through automated agile testing methods, developers can conveniently catch the bugs early on, allowing for faster recovery.
The test scripts prepared for test automation tools can easily be saved for future requirements. The testing team can easily configure the tests and run them again and again for different approaches.
Enhanced testing capabilities
Automated testing tools can perform tests on various web browsers available in the market. Additionally, mobile app tests can also be conducted on various devices. This function can’t be performed using manual tests.
Improved test coverage
Lengthy tests are often avoided during manual tests whilst test scripts that run on multiple computers with different configurations are often left unattended by the dev team. However, automated software testing tools look inside all the apps including those of the database, web services, user interface, file contents, and internal programs to ensure they are working according to the requirements. This leads to improved test coverage.
Easy and fast reporting
Automation testing tools track each and every test script which can be seen in visual logs. These reports clearly show the number of test scripts that have been executed, schedules, the reported bugs and how they were fixed. The reports are available for each and every team member to see, thus, improving transparency as well.
Overcomes failure of manual tests
There are some tests that are difficult to execute manually. However, automatic tests can efficiently manage all types of tests including the stress test which is difficult to perform through manual methods.
Above all, automated testing tools improve accuracy. Here, no human is to be blamed for the error and since every aspect of the test is recorded, the test increases collaboration and transparency between team members.
A recent report by James Willet states that software testing is much harder than software development. An experienced tester can make the same mistake as a novice. But testing has to be done and if you don’t take the time and resources to test your software – believe me, someone else definitely will. And that is your customer.
If you don’t want them to be the first ones to find bugs in your product, then make automated testing a vital part of your software development process.
ABOUT Alycia Gordan
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer. She loves to read and write the article related to health and lifestyle, sometime on health-tech as well. Currently, she is associated with Accelq Team. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia