The fact is that in today’s marketplace, just being usable is no longer enough. End users are unforgiving. If an application fails to live up to promises made by the developer, the poor performance will usually be remembered. In a highly competitive marketplace, this can have profound consequences. The performance of an application will be associated with a brand and therefore its failure will affect marketing efforts across the brand as well.
The Solution: Application Testing
Today’s users are not satisfied with the bare minimum, so a developer will have to go beyond just the “extra mile” in order to have a truly successful launch. This means that the testing part of the product development process cannot be neglected. The goal of this step is to ensure that the end user gets the best possible experience from the final product. In order to do this, the product must be tested and all bugs fixed. To that end the application testing process will involve:
• A review of the specifications of the application to be tested.
• A detailed plan for testing the application.
• Testing of the application’s function.
• Testing after the enhancements to the original build.
• Testing of security and other areas that have nothing to do with the function of the application.
• Testing with customers.
• The provision of summarized test results.
Different Types of Application Testing
• Functional Testing
This type of testing involves the determination as to whether the product functions according to its specifications. The testing process involves developing a full understanding of how the product is intended to function. As issues occur during testing, they are recorded and reported. When the issues are corrected, the application is tested again.
• Usability Testing
This is more focused on the behavior of the end user. How will the application function in the hands of a typical user? This type of testing involves monitoring user habits and the experiences that users have. How the application responds to user behavior comes into play, along with such aspects as ease of navigation. Placing an app before potential users can immediately show up problems that never before entered the developer’s mind. Hence, it is important to do application testing as early as possible in development. Basic questions should be asked about the product, like: “what purpose do you think this app serves?” The answers to such questions can immediately tell the developer about how intuitive and usable their product is.
Why Application Testing is Important
Many developers look at the handful of apps that have made those who created them wealthy and are inspired by them. However, the sad truth is that most apps fail. If software works as intended and fills a major need in the market, the market will usually latch onto it. When it does not succeed, there are usually concrete reasons for that. It is the responsibility of every developer to discover those reasons, preferably before bringing the product to market.
Not only will a developer be more confident when bringing a product to market, they will be able to make changes with certainty that those changes are the right ones. Application testing can provide the ability innovate and implement innovations without the doubt that often plagues creative work.
[author ]Eric Blair is a software developer and avid technology blogger. Eric reccommends SOASTA for real-user monitoring and performance testing when it comes to testing your applications..[/author]