How automation testing can help your software development process

by Nataliia Vasylyna | March 3, 2011 4:00 am

There is no piece of software in the world that’s not tested before release for mass adoption. Yet we see many applications fail to reach the target audience. One of the main reasons is quality. An application may have features in abundance but if it doesn’t run as it should, it will really annoy people and no one will adopt in their environments. To ensure quality, all software developers test their products thoroughly in all phases of software development.

Typically software testing can be broadly classified into two – manual and automated software testing. Manual testing is nothing but testing an application through a testing professional wherein he/she will test that product to find out if all the aspects of it work as they are supposed to. The sophisticated needs of people have led to the importance of creating high value and complex applications and that exerts enormous pressure on software testers to test lots of test scenarios. As the growing pressure on both testers and programmers to finish their tasks on time to release the product negatively affects their productivity which isn’t acceptable to any company, innovations have to crop up and increase the productivity.

The introduction of automation testing tools[1] has substantially improved the productivity of testers while making their job easier. There are some test cases which can’t be done by anyone within a short time frame and some cases can only be done by an automated tool. To address these issues, companies adoptautomated software testing tools in order to test these repetitive and daunting tasks so that they can finish the testing process quickly and the testers can work on manual testing process.

These tools can simulate hundreds or even thousands of real-world scenarios and they can be simulated repeatedly in order to find out if the application shows any odd behavior. Before automating the test process, testers create many automated test cases and make the automated testing tool perform the tasks for several times. There are many other benefits of automated tools. Apart from increasing productivity and efficiency, they eliminate human error. Though automated, there is no certainty that the results contain no errors, after all even the test case scenarios are made by humans.

But they are very rare and the reliability automated software testing tools is already proven. For this reason, most of the companies are adopting automation testing in the process of software development.

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