Most software developers believe that their software testing techniques do not give them exactly what they want. They know the effect of having bugs in their software applications and end up investing so much in quality testing. However, they still lack the kind of results that they need.
This does not happen because they lack the right skills or do not know what they are doing. Most of the time, it is caused by the technologies that they employ when testing their applications – technologies that cannot handle the pressure of modern applications.
The important thing to note is that an application will never be successful if it is released without thorough and proper testing. Even though testing can consume a considerable amount of time and resources, developers need to do everything that it takes to ensure that their applications meet all their expectations.
Automation, fueled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, has changed almost every other industry today, including the software development industry. Software testing is changing, and the future of testing is being shaped by automation.
The Future of Software Testing
The future of software testing is relying on test automation tools to deliver tests and results within a short period of time. These are tools that are expected to deliver results that can explain how a user will use an application and initiate tests to ensure that all bugs are identified and worked on.
The main aim of conducting software testing is to ensure that users get an amazing experience when using an application. Even though testers have tried to do this, they have not been able to deliver well, and sometimes leave some aspects of their applications unattended.
However, automated testing is changing this. Testing tools are now trying to learn about what a user wants when using an application, what they care about, and introducing new ways through which they can test the applications on their own with little, if any, human intervention.
This is why automation is shaping software testing. Through automation testing, testing tools will be able to maintain, build, interpret, and execute tests without any help from the software developers.
They will be doing this using the data they have collected from experiences they have had in previous testing as well as current usage of the applications they are testing.
Building Autonomous Tests
Automated testing powered by artificial intelligence will be able to use complex analytics data to check and foresee future user needs while at the same time ensuring that the customer information is secure.
This testing technique will be able to see how every user interacts with the application in question, understanding how each one of them uses it and making sure that the user gets what they expect.
With this kind of testing, you do not have to test a single application at a time. The future of software testing will allow a single testing tool to watch and test multiple applications while at the same time learning from all of them.
This testing technique will be able to identify the effects that a change to an application will have on its users and generate reports that inform software developers about the things to change to improve user experience. This, in effect, will contribute a lot to building meaningful and better tests that cannot be generated by any software tester.
In addition, software developers need to come up with tests that they can maintain and customize within a short period of time. Since this is not possible when done by humans, automated testing is now able and will get better with time, to do it for them easily.
Even though some people might argue that automation testing is going to render software testers jobless, there will be a lot of work for them. They need to use their testing experience to work with developers to ensure that the final product meets all its expectations and to simplify the work done in automated testing.