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8 Software testing trends in 2018

By DeviQA on Tue Dec 19 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

8 Software testing trends in 2018

In the last few years, software testing procedures and methodologies have been changed to a greater extent. Now, 2018 is ahead and it is predicted that these changes in recent years will define a much better future for software testing in year 2018. Below are some of the trends witnessed in year 2017 that we are predict to define year 2018 as well are:

1. Increased adoption of DevOps.

By using DevOps, programmers write software codes in small portions that are then combined, assessed, monitored and implemented in just a couple of hours as compared to traditional way of writing larger portions of code over weeks or months and then spending further weeks or months for testing, while ensuring quality at the same time. Over the period, DevOps has gained tremendous success and its continuing trend is expected to grow for a few more years to come.

2. Hybrid testing models – including both manual and automating testing.

In this technological period, automation testing is a hot topic; however, we still cannot deny the importance of manual testing in quality assurance industry. For this matter, a hybrid form of testing is being used which inculcates both manual and automating testing methodologies. It takes advantage of both forms of testing approaches. Hybrid form of testing helps to overcome challenges of testing complex test data in a variety of test-cases in a shorter period of time, without overlooking details. Integrating both automated and manual testing tools and practices is going to be a continuing trend in next couple of years and particularly in year 2018.

3. Automating mobile testing.

Mobile testing can be defined as a procedure in which the applications developed for the mobiles are being tested for their user friendliness, operational performance, and reliability. Currently, the usage of automating tools for mobile testing is quite lower. However, with an increasing shift from desktop applications to mobile applications shall increase the usage of automating testing tools for mobile applications. Some of the automating tools for mobile testing include but not limited to Robotium, Monkey Runner Ranorex, Appium, Appium Studio and UI Automator.

4. Configuring Management Automation:

Like other areas, automation performs a critical part in server configuration management as well. Server’s configuring management is a method to make the server reach at a required state, previously defined by provisioning scripts such as automating tool’s particular languages and characteristics. Automation in upcoming years, is going to become the heart of configuration management for servers.

5. Shift Left Testing and shortened cycles:

Shift left testing is more of an approach to system or software testing where testing is being performed throughout the SDLC. Improvements in technologies, processes, devices’ functionality and better infrastructure helps the teams to integrate, test and release the product more quickly in the market. In 2018, it is expected that software development companies shall invest more time in improving their development processes and delivery infrastructure by utilizing effective integration tools. The ever-growing demand of DevOps tools and processes shall lead to increased shift to automating testing tools in quality assurance.

6. Increased adoption of Artificial intelligence for analytics.

With artificial intelligence, the future the going to be exciting and fascinating, the new world shall be completely different. The computer power gets doubled every 18 months and this tremendous rise to computer power shall take us to the foundation of the singularity which is AI or artificial Intelligence. Software development teams are now using AI for improving the efficiency of developing teams and overall product quality. This trend shall continue to a greater extent in 2018 and next years.

7. Automating API testing.

An application performance interface (or more commonly known as API) allows two or more different devices to connect with each other. When we book a flight, make a hotel reservation, call a taxi through mobile applications, API like the unsung hero works in the background. In testing, the focus is now shifting to user interface testing or UI testing. These are currently being performed manually, however the trend has been shifting towards automating the API and UI testing.

8. Integration of teams.

With DevOps and such other tools gaining momentum, all the software development teams including developers, operations, and testing teams can come together for the purpose of enhancing collaboration and efficiency by automating system workflows and infrastructure with continuous monitoring of product’s performance. Integration can also enable teams to automate almost everything, from infrastructure provisioning to testing of new code.

Conclusion:

Throughout 2017, the software testing industry has witnessed emergence of many new trends and innovative techniques for testing. In-between the predicted and actual usage of automation tools and AI, a number of developments during the year 2017 have captured our attention. Some of these trends include increase in usage of automation tools & practices particularly for web-based applications, adoption of DevOps, introduction of more powerful automation tools that have reduced time required for testing and shortened the product release timelines. So, if you focus on top test automation trends for upcoming year 2018 and learn those hot skills, you will be a testing Rockstar and will easily survive in the IT industry. You can also get to know more about these trends through this link: https://dzone.com/articles/software-testing-trends-for-2018-and-beyond