- Find errors: Ensure as many errors are found before being released to production
- Test early and often: Tested throughout the development, delivery, testing, and deployment cycles
- Accelerate testing: Run parallel performance tests to increase testing execution speed
- Earn customer loyalty: Accomplish continuous improvement and quality
- Automation: Automate your test cases to decrease time spent testing
- Increase release rate: Speed up delivery to production and release faster
- Reduce business risks: Assess potential problems before they become an actual problem
- DevOps: Incorporates into your DevOps processes smoothly
- Communication transparency: Eliminate silos between the development, testing, and operations teams
- Available testing tools: Available tools that support continuous testing to make the testing process easier, faster, and more reliable
Benefits of Continuous Testing by DVNITSOLUTIONS.
Key Components of Continuous Testing followed by DVNITSOLUTIONS.
Let’s break down the key components of continuous testing and determine if it would work for your organization.
Manual testing is laborious and time-intensive. Automation gives time back to your engineers to actually fix the bugs found during testing. Now, not everything should be automated. Exploratory testing does play a crucial role to creatively find ways to test. And those test scenarios found through exploratory testing? Automate them!
Continuous testing cannot be done without test automation. The best part about test automation is the quick feedback the team receives. Continuous testing allows early and often feedback so that changes can be made far before releasing features to the market.
The CI/CD pipeline is an essential part of continuous testing. Let’s talk about continuous integration (CI). This practice gathers code from developers working on one project and placing it into a code repository. Integrating different developer’s code into one project can generate a lot of bugs. This is where continuous testing comes into play. Automating your test executions each time the code is integrated will allow you to find bugs as early as possible and fix them faster. Find bugs before they’re released to production and you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and effort to fix at a later date.
Continuous Delivery (CD) can often be confused with continuous deployment. A great way to think about the difference is continuous delivery is having any code version ready to deploy to production. Both practices require you to work on small, frequent changes. But we believe continuous delivery is an integral part of continuous testing because you should test code before it is deployed. Having code ready to go without thoroughly testing it is a waste of resources and should be acted upon immediately. Continuously test your code!
How do we Perform Continuous Testing at DVNITSOLUTIONS.
Now that you know what continuous testing is, let’s talk about how you use it. Continuous testing should be implemented at every stage of your CI/CD pipeline. You can set up test suites at every point code changes, merges, or releases. That way, you can run tests at a specific point rather than every test at once. This will help reduce time and effort on testing but still reap quality rewards.
Continuous testing works best by using the most recent build in an isolated environment. Containerization is a great method to help with replicating code outside of the main code repository.
Tools are very useful to help make continuous testing even faster. The next section discusses the best tools for your specific requirements.