Got a software in the works but don’t know how to test it?
Well, software testing is arguably the most important part of software development, so you need to make sure that you take this part of development seriously.
Good software is worth putting through the test to make sure it is worthy of being distributed to the public. How, though, can you know that you’re testing it correctly?
While there is no set guide to testing your software, there are certain software testing methodologies you can take to be sure your customers will be getting the most out of your product.
Read on to find out what those methodologies are, and how they can benefit you.
What to Know About Software Testing Methodologies
As you already know, software testing methodology is a subcategory of software development. By testing methodologies, you get to learn if your product is prepared to function as you had envisioned, and if your customers are ready for it.
There are many different departments in software testing methodology, but some of the most popular ones include unit testing, integration testing, and performance testing. Let’s go a little more in depth with each of these testing types here.
Unit testing is done when the app is being coded. The purpose of doing unit testing is to make sure that each section of code works as it should.
Even though it may seem time-consuming to test each individual strand of code, it’s worth it in the long run. Holding off on unit testing could result in much higher defect fixing costs that could have been avoided with a little patience.
This is where things start to get a little interesting.
Integration testing happens when the individual software modules are placed together and tested as one group.
Most software projects involve a number of different programmers coding and testing several modules, with the main focus being on data communication between the modules.
Many would argue that the fun stuff starts here. They would not be wrong.
Performance testing is when you actually test the software to see if it will perform under the conditions it was designed for.
The developer will test things such as speed (app responsiveness), scalability (the max user load it can handle), and stability (how stable the app is under pressure) to make sure its ready for the market.
This is the final stage that the app will go through before being available to the community.
Still need some help understanding the terms, or trying to do a bit of testing yourself? Check out this agile testing guide to get you on your way. You’ll be app testing your way to success in no time.
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