When it comes to testing applications before they are launched to the public, we all know that is is very important for the tester to a do a good job and find any bugs or inconsistencies in the application that may lead to functionality issues. Luckily, below we’re going to take a better look at the best practices in web application testing and see what testers need to be aware of when testing an application.
Best practices in web application testing
Don’t make tests long
Always try to keep your tests short and do not go beyond thirty to forty steps. If you do, then that is automatically going to make the test that much more complicated. In fact, when you go beyond this line, there’s a very good chance something is going to go wrong, and troubleshooting is going to be extremely time-consuming.
Should I go for an automated test
If you plan on doing an automated test, then you should think twice about it. Ask yourself if it’s necessary and useful for the particular things you need to test. If doing so can save you time, then go for it. However, if it cost more that manual test, then you shouldn’t go for it. It’s as simple as that.
Test can be easily reused
You’ll certainly need to execute the same test sooner or later in various environments and websites. For example, on both product and staging, you don’t need to consider duplicating the tests just so that you can eventually change the Uniform Resource Identifier. Instead, you can use an API to execute the test and change the Uniform Resource Identifier on the fly.
Tests should be kept modular
With this method, you’re going to use a certain section in many other sub-tests and also choose to include them in a wider range of tests. For instance, if you have a sign-up test, then you could certainly use it anywhere you need to sign-up. As a result, you’re going to save a lot of time in the process by only making changes in s single place.
Make sure tests are kept simple
We all want to save time and get the job done as soon as possible, but the truth is that if you try to test a lot of things at the same time, then that’s going to cause problems. For example, we would not recommend that you come up with a test that signs up for an account, then logs into it, add an item to the shopping cart and eventually checks out. So why isn’t this good idea? Well, if something goes wrong in web application testing, you won’t know what went wrong, so if you want to pinpoint the problem, you’re going to have to do a thorough review. As you know, this takes a lot of time.