Understanding QA Software Testing and the Alternative Methods
QA software testing is the process of verifying and validating that a piece of software meets its requirements and functions as expected. QA testers use a variety of methods to test software, including manual testing, automated testing, and codeless automated testing. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, which will be explored in this article.
Manual Software Testing
Manual testing is the process of testing software manually, without the use of any tools or automation. Manual testing is often used to test small pieces of software or to test software that is not yet ready for automated testing. The advantage of manual testing is that it can be very thorough and can find defects that automated tests would miss. The disadvantage of manual testing is that it is very time-consuming and requires a QA tester to have a good understanding of the software.
It is, of course, better to test manually than not at all, but it makes sense to make use of technology as it advances in the software sector.
The reason to test at all is so that the software works correctly for businesses that are relying on it. Some of the software will be just exposed to staff, while other parts will be what customers will use. This is problematic if there are still errors in the software or its updates because these errors can then reflect badly on the company using the software. Therefore, the more of them we can eliminate and promptly the better to protect company images and reputations.
Automated Software Testing
Automated testing is the process of using tools to automate the execution of tests. This approach can be used to test large pieces of software or to test software that changes frequently. The advantage of automated testing is that it is much faster than manual testing and can find defects that manual tests would miss. The disadvantage of automated testing is that it can be expensive to set up and maintain, and it can require a QA tester to have a good understanding of the software. This greater knowledge required can be addressed by our next option.
Codeless Automated Software Testing
Codeless automated testing is the process of using tools to automate the execution of tests without the need to write any code. Codeless automated testing can again be used to test large pieces of software or to test software that is likely to change and need updating a lot. The advantage of codeless automated testing is that it is primarily much quicker than its manual alternative and can also identify the kinds of errors that manual tests invariably fail to spot. The disadvantage is that it can cost more but these costs are counteracted by not needing such expertise because of the codeless element of the software testing.
Not having to pay for the coding expertise for software tests will save businesses money that can be used in other areas. For example, injected into the areas that develop new software products and into software updates. This will invariably mean that better software is reaching the final consumer in a shorter space of time than perhaps might otherwise have been the case.
To maintain software quality it is important to test a product thoroughly before release. This goes for any software updates thereafter. We have a choice on how to achieve this but QA software testing is all about quality, so we should go for an approach that will detect as many of the bugs as possible. The more recent developments in technology mean that automated software testing products can eliminate human tiredness which can fail to detect as many errors. Then we can go codeless and eliminate the cost of coding expertise, which can save more money still. Automation is generally about achieving both quicker and more accurate software testing and is something for a software company to consider using as its first choice.