The importance of QA in Software Development in 2020
When a software development project starts, there are various strategic development processes take place to ensure the development is secure, up-to-date and robust. The stages go from requirements gathering, planning up till maintenance of the project. One of these processes is software Testing or QA (Quality Assurance) testing.
QA testing is as critical as any other development stage of a software project.
In the upcoming section, let’s see what makes QA inevitable.
Why QA is important?
Before handing over the IT development project to the customers, it has to be rigorously run through quality checks. QA testing team, whether in-house or outsourced, verifies that the product is developed adhering to the market standards, meets the established goals and is secure & loophole-free.
For instance, users spend more time on a website if it’s easy to navigate through and interact with the GUI. Imagine if you have a hard time finding a certain menu or contact form on a website; chances are, you’ll leave the site almost immediately. The same behavior applies to millions of other users. If the functionality is broken on a web application/website/software system, your trust factor with that business would affect severely. It results in loss of customers and thereby business growth.
That’s why QA is essential. Testing helps in identifying and fixing defects in a software system before it is presented to the end-users.
Software testing team performs a multilevel quality check, finds issues and make sure all those concerns are taken care of by the development team.
At WaysNX, Along with development, we put an equal amount of dedication in serving quality assurance best practices to provide bug-free, fast and intended software product.
WaysNX Technologies offer the following types of software testing QA services. Let’s understand more about them.
Functional testing validates a software application/system against functional goals and requirements. Simply put, it’s the systematic testing of the software project by providing appropriate input and checking whether the output is meeting the functional specifications.
Black box testing is a subset of functional system testing which verifies UI – User interface, APIs, client-server communication, security and other main functionality of the system in question.
As the name suggests, security testing identifies security threats, vulnerabilities or risks in the software application and prevents malicious attacks from the outside sources. The sole purpose of security testing is to find all possible breakpoints of the system, its weaknesses and loopholes that can cause loss of sensitive information, revenue, and reputation.
Security testing effort exposes such system shortcomings and blocks potential loss at the hands of intruders and other dangerous threats. The developers can then fix these issues through coding and make the system secure.
Usability testing reveals how usable the software system is. The testers check the software application/project keeping the end-user point of view in mind. They examine the ease of use, controls handling, effortless navigation in the application and overall graphical interface. Usability testing generally tests the whole software development for effective user experience (UX) validation.
It’s beneficial if usability testing is done while working on the designing phase of the software development effort. It allows you to modify, improve your UX concurrently when it’s under progress.
A software application typically has several modules. These modules function together to make a whole system. At this stage, integration testing has a role to play. The test team examines the modules functionality and the way they interact with each other. The testing team exposes the defects they come across when these modules function together to generate results.
Integration testing takes place before system testing. It’s of significant importance that the modules of the software project function properly individually and when integrated.
Change requests are not new for software developers. As the software project takes shape, the changes usually start to pour in. However, they may be small or big. When a considerably impacting system change occurs, it becomes necessary to make sure that the existing code/functionality is not affected or worse, broke.
This is where regression testing makes its appearance. In regression testing, some previously executed test cases are selected to re-verify that the existing functionality works as expected.
Regression testing underlines the fact that the new changes are done, and the existing code works fine.
User Acceptance Testing:
User Acceptance Testing – UAT is the validation of end to end business flow. UAT mainly focuses on checking the seamless system flow in a production-like environment. UAT is performed by the client or end-users to verify and accept the software project before moving it to production. It does not look for beautification changes, spell mistakes.
User acceptance testing marks the final stage of QA testing. After successful UAT, the project is put on the live environment.
With fundamental testing services, WaysNX Technologies also provides selenium testing for quality assurance of web applications.
Let’s understand what selenium testing is:
Selenium automation testing:
Automation testing is not just a buzzword in the QA domain, but it is equally popular and helpful. Selenium is an automation testing tool that helps run the test cases on an internet browser.
It is used for automated testing of web applications. Selenium is diversified and a robust testing tool.
- It supports testing scripts written in the program languages: Java, Python, C#, PHP, Ruby, Perl & .Net.
- The operating systems it supports are: Windows, Linux or Mac
- It allows carrying out tests in the browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer
- For managing test cases and reports, it gets integrated with tools like TestNG & JUnit.
- For continuous testing, it can be integrated with Maven, Jenkins & Docker
WaysNX Technologies have a skilled team to effectively run the below-mentioned test categories:
- Performance test automation
- Functional test automation
- Regression test automation
At WaysNX, we try to blend both the testing environments to provide you with a versatile QA environment to ensure security and correctness of your software project.
Sighting the importance of QA testing, we have set up a test team to thoroughly check the application as the development starts. The usability testing takes place as soon as the prototypes get ready. We understand the value of the right QA effort and try to accomplish system validation by applying quality assurance best practices.
Good QA will avoid last-minute surprises and possible delay in software product/application launch. To recapitulate, quality assurance QA testing will further enhance the development effort on a project and help in delivering a reliable, stable and secure software application/system.
Contact us today for QA related queries and further information.