Software developers are often confronted with one nagging question when testing a software program: which tests should be automated, and which should be done manually? In certain situations, there are clear advantages to working with automated software solutions.
However, there are also certain cases when the method could end up costing you more. That’s why it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of manual vs. automation with each project. In general, you should consider automated testing when the test… Read the rest of this entry »
Penetration testing may be a good way to detect and identify vulnerabilities in the system, but it focuses on only a few vulnerabilities at a time. If a company seeks overall protection, it needs a list of all possible vulnerabilities. Some of these won’t be tested for confirmation right away, but at least the higher-ups are informed of the possibilities, informing later decisions. Read the rest of this entry »
Operating system (OS) independence is as simple as the term itself. A program must be tailored to work for any OS in use today: Windows, Mac, Linux, and even mobile. Automated software testing (AST) makes sure programs, if not possible in its current state, can be tweaked to run on multiple platforms when the need arises.
Yet, OS independence would still be a pipe dream if it weren’t for a trait that makes staunch OS rivals agree on something. They share similar sentiments regarding user interface, from the size of the window to the basic functions of the program. In today’s society, the bitter rivalry of PC and Mac is past the point of irrelevance. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s nothing really new about automated software testing. In fact, it’s been in practice ever since the advent of mass-produced software for the general public decades ago. Throughout the 1960s, documents about programmers testing software automatically already existed. Yet, even though the method itself isn’t new, it’s become quite the hot topic as of late, mainly because of the growing use of methodologies such as Agile and acceptance test driven development (ATDD). Read the rest of this entry »
A graphics user interface (GUI) test focuses on testing the user-friendliness of a program, from the mouse click to access to menus. To put it simply, a single click should open up the menus and press buttons, while a mouse drag should move or highlight objects. While GUI testing is also concerned with how the buttons work, it’s also concerned with how they look.
There are three approaches to GUI testing. The statements below offer a simplified look at each approach. Read the rest of this entry »
While automated software testing tools offer advantages like speed, accuracy, and wide coverage, the software testing team is still responsible for making sure all objectives are met. After all, despite its name, an automated software testing tool needs inputs from users, who are either the software developers themselves or an outside QA party. Here, then, are tips to maximize automated software tests:
Have a well-thought-out design test.
Home builders can’t simply build a home without a blue print. In the same way, QA professionals can’t jump right into automation without a design. If the QA team hopes to find all the possible defects in the software, they should devote sufficient time and effort to design a test with as wide a coverage as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Clients should clearly lay out new program specifications for the software developer, whether it is keeping track of employees’ work hours or storage or retrieval of customer data. The specifications should be signed off by both parties before any development work commences.
Once a program is done, it is the developer’s duty to ensure the software will be up and running smoothly via software testing. Here are a few guidelines for an efficient software testing: Read the rest of this entry »