What’s the best software testing approach in the low-code application development environment?
Many enterprises want tools that enable them to build quality applications as rapidly and efficiently as possible. The right software testing approach not only reduces development cycle times, but also helps to ensure that the applications delivered meet expectations.
Lean practices such as Agile and DevOps allow companies to deploy applications consistently and rapidly, to meet ever-increasing demand. Given that testing is an integral part of any successful software project, the testing process itself also needs to be lean—so that testers and developers can accelerate time to value.
Is a manual or automated approach best?
Automated testing is performed by tools and scripts that execute common test cases without human input. Through continuous integration, testing can be automated at various points in the software development lifecycle to minimise bottlenecks and meet tight delivery schedules.
Manual testing, on the other hand, is executed by human testers and software. This allows for a uniquely human perspective on application usability—but it can be incredibly time-consuming; and there’s always a risk of human error.
Let’s compare automated and manual testing approaches in more detail:
With manual testing – as with any monotonous, labour-intensive process – lapses in concentration and small mistakes can impact the reliability of the QA process. Automated tools, however, never deviate from the planned process steps, making for an incredibly consistent and accurate testing method.
Manual testing can only happen at a human pace. Automated testing, on the other hand, is much faster and can run repeatedly with no need for breaks. This is ideal in a continuous development environment.
Repetitive manual processes can slow testers and developers down. With automation in the mix, however, these IT professionals have more time to focus on aspects of their roles that add more value in the application development cycle.
Automated tools can extend testing approaches, carrying out complex test cases that are beyond human abilities. This helps to improve application quality.
While manual testing certainly has a role to play in the QA environment, particularly in exploratory and usability testing; automated tools are critical for speed, agility and quality in the modern application development environment.
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