The increasing use of Agile and DevOps methodologies has brought about a notable change in mobile and web application testing in recent times. This change is brought about by the incorporation of agility into the software development process, which has led software application testing to be focused on enhancing the performance and quality of applications.
Software testing has become a challenging field because businesses are striving to develop and release high-quality applications at a faster pace. In the future, it will be imperative for testers to acquire higher skill levels in order to add greater value to the software development lifecycle (SDLC). A look into the future of mobile and web application testing, in general, unfolds the following aspects of testing that are likely to come to the forefront in the years ahead.
Testing of Multiple Layers of an Application
Testers in the future will be increasingly tasked with testing the front-end and back-end of software applications. Hence, web services testing will pivot around Quality Assurance (QA) at the UI level and the API level since both the levels have now gained equal importance. Testers will need to achieve proficiency in the use of tools required for testing the various layers of an application. With the help of appropriate tools, testers will be able to create test cases at a rapid rate.
Increased Use of Test Automation
Test automation will surge forward in the future in an effort to stay even with faster product release cycles. The number of UI and API testers automating more than half of their tests, will grow substantially as test automation tools enable them to find APIs and create test structures quickly. Testers will increase the use of automated tests for performing simpler and more administrative testing of software, thereby spending more time on exploratory testing and other significant tests.
Improved Testing with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are new technologies in the software testing scenario. Though the maturity of these technologies is still quite far out, they will apparently have a practical implementation from the testing viewpoint sooner than anticipated.
The involvement of AI and ML will improve the mobile application testing mechanism as they will supplement automation. Both the technologies are projected to become prescriptive and self-adaptive in future.
Involvement of QA Teams in Software Development Process Early On
With the emergence of DevOps having blurred the lines between software development and production, software testing will be integrated throughout the SDLC process to ensure the stability of the product. The QA teams will be involved in software development from the early stages and testers and developers would need to work more cohesively and consistently. Testers will not merely focus on detecting and fixing bugs in the final product, but also on testing the product during development.
Wider Adoption of Open-source Testing Tools
The use of open-source testing tools is set to rise in the future because of their versatility, along with adaptability to the changes within the tech arena. Open-source testing tools can cover the testing for web applications and for all types of mobile applications - native, web, and hybrid. Most of the open-source tools can also be customized according to the testing needs of a web application testing company. In addition, these tools also have code libraries for nearly all programming languages.
Frequent Product Deployments
The Agile software development model is being followed by several organizations these days because of which products are being deployed frequently and regularly. The pace of product deployments will further increase in the future, as more organizations will aim for weekly or daily release cycles. With frequent product deployments and testing integrated across the development process, testers will be required to use proper tools to fit their testing workflows.
Upgraded Testing Skills for Performing IoT Testing
Web and mobile app testing in the future would need to adapt to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) environment. Against the backdrop of the estimates that there will be approximately 20 billion IoT devices in 2020, it will be vital for testers to upgrade their testing skills for efficiently performing IoT testing. Since IoT devices need to be tested for functionality, reliability, and security, the upgraded skills of the testers will be paramount for static and dynamic testing of IoT devices.
The key factors that will influence web and mobile app testing in the future essentially include wider use of test automation and faster delivery of quality products. Therefore, it will be pertinent for software testing companies to design test strategies that augment the value of QA in software development and facilitate the release of stable products to the end users. We are already future ready – connect with us to accelerate business growth.