Testing is an important step in the software development process. We have found that the most effective testing strategy is a blend of automated testing and well-placed manual testing.
By automating part of your testing process, you can ensure a high-level of quality, while shortening the time required to bring new updates and products to market. Aptera’s quality assurance team can take over your testing with a full-service testing plan or we can train your in-house team on how to adopt automated testing themselves.
Benefits of Automated Testing
Keep new functionality flowing with automated testing. Manual testing requires tests to be performed on both new features and all existing functionality. An automated testing approach keeps regression testing from slowing you down, so your valuable QA team can focus on new features. In our experience, we’ve seen automated testing increase the development of new technologies with fewer resources while reducing costs.
Other benefits from automated testing that we’ve seen include:
* Faster time to market
* Manual testers can focus on new development
* Lower cost associated with bug fixes
* Reduced likelihood of end users experiencing bugs
* Increase in new features delivered
* Creates trust in your ability to successfully deploy solutions to production
* Positions your systems for advanced capabilities like load testing & DevOps
Types of Automated Testing
Unit tests are written by software developers as the code is being written. Implementing unit testing is quick and easy and ensures that quality is being built into every solution from the beginning. Additionally, our team uses the process of test-driven development to ensure unit tests exist across the code base for newly developed software.
Integration tests ensure components of the software work together correctly. This step combines all the modules working within the software and tests them together. It also focuses on testing calls to external systems and API.
User Interface Tests
User interface (UI) tests automate testing for the functions performed by the end-user. For example, you might write a test to complete an online order. Typically, our automated UI testing is written by an automation engineer or a software developer using a tool like Selenium.
If you have properly implemented automated testing, then manual testing plays a smaller role in the release of new functionality, but it doesn’t go away. Manual testers are now simply freed up to focus on identifying issues that only a human eye can find.
Ways to Get Started with Automated Testing
- Aptera Testing Services
Let our team take the lead on testing! We offer full software testing services if you need help designing or implementing a formal testing strategy. Our team can help you determine the best way to combine traditional manual testing with the latest automated testing techniques. Plus, our services are fully customizable. You can have our team provide all your testing needs or we can supplement your team in just specific areas where you need help.
- Training for Test-Driven Development
Ensure quality in the software you develop by employing test-driven development (TDD). This approach to implementing unit testing helps create more manageable code and provides large code coverage. Aptera offers coaching services to help companies master this technique. Our coaching starts with three days of instructor-led workshops and then provides two weeks of mobbing and pair programming sessions, which allow teams to apply the TDD they are learning to their actual software projects with the guidance of the Aptera coach.
- Training for Automated UI Testing
Automated user interface testing helps guarantee that key features of your software are functioning correctly after each build or deployment and reduces the amount of time your team spends on regression testing. Aptera can help you set up an automated UI testing regimen of your own. We’ll help you select the right testing platforms, guide you on how to integrate automated UI testing into your development and assist as you start creating automated testing for your projects. We use a coaching-style approach to our training to ensure that your team not only understand the concepts of automated UI testing, but they are also comfortable applying those concepts to your business’s unique needs.