Developing software is a multi-pronged process that encompasses initial evaluations, designs, development, and comprehensive testing. The latter is perhaps one of the most important parts of the process, however, many developers do not give it the time it needs, which can result in the release of faulty or otherwise incomplete software.
At Imobisoft, we take software testing seriously and follow a five-step process to ensure every software and application we develop does what it’s supposed to. The basics of this process are explained on our software testing page, but we thought we’d go into a little more detail about what each one actually means.
Step 1 – Functionality
Once the development process is complete, we undertake testing to ensure that every feature of the software works as it’s supposed to. We test each individual section, creating a log of unexpected results so that we know what needs further work, should any be needed. This initial stage of testing is often the longest, as it is during this period that issues that may not have been apparent in development come to the fore. Functionality testing requires a lot of back and forth between testers and developers until the software is finally moulded into a working package.
Step 2 – Performance
Now that the software is working, we find out just how far we can push it. This usually requires working alongside clients to discover optimal data loads, while also considering the scalability of the software. The key questions we try to answer here or whether or not the software is capable of handling current demands and how well it will adapt to future demands.
Step 3 – Compatibility
Providing flexibility to software users is crucial in the modern age, as most software needs to work across all devices and platforms. Compatibility will be considered at all stages of the development and testing process, but it is during this more focused step that we will thoroughly test the software across all conceivable platforms. After all, something that works well in Google Chrome may cause issues in Microsoft Edge.
Step 4 – Security
Most software is used to transfer sensitive data, be that business or consumer information, so any security exploits need to be fixed as quickly as possible. In this step, we examine ways that malicious users may manipulate the software so that we can safeguard against them. This is when things like encryption are examined to ensure they are up to snuff with what is required by the customer.
Step 5 – Usability
You may have the greatest piece of software in the world, but that won’t mean anything if the people it is intended for can’t use it. Developers often get so caught up in creating the software that they fail to recognize when they have made simple tasks needlessly complicated. As such, this testing phase involves examining the software through the layman’s eyes to figure out where it can be improved. The user interface will come under close scrutiny and simplification of the existing processes is made a key priority.