Five Trends That Will Shape Testing in 2019
Here are the top five testing trends you can expect to see in 2019.
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Every year, experts come up with different testing trends. In 2018, we witnessed various articles talking about testing trends like the Internet of Things, open-source tools, Agile, DevOps, and a lot more. Many organizations adopted these tools, however, 2019 has a lot more to offer, in addition to these important testing trends.
Every day, customer experience is touching yet another height, posing a lot of challenges for testers and developers. The enhanced demands and customer expectations are creating a need for shifting towards digital transformation and adoption of advanced testing methods and procedures for testers and developers. In addition to what is already there, many organizations are looking to adopt more optimized and effective testing procedures. With that said, let’s have a look at the top testing trends that will shape testing in 2019.
1. Shift-Left Testing Will Be Adopted by More Organizations
Saving cost or, say, avoiding the excess cost that comes with fixing bugs found at the last stage in a software development life cycle has been one of the major concerns for big organizations. To avoid this, testing should be done at every stage in a software development life cycle and, more importantly, at the beginning of a life cycle. A bug ignored at the initial stages can cost a lot for the organization. This year, and in the years to come, we’ll see a rise in shift-left testing.
What Is Shift Left testing?
Shift-left testing works on the principle of collaboration between stakeholders and testers at the early stage of software development. This will help to create ideal test cases and help the team clearly understand its requirements. This will help to implement test cases in the early phases and will also help the team to fix bugs as soon as possible.
In other words, we can say that shift-left testing ensures that the testers are involved from the very beginning. This also helps in ensuring faster delivery with great efficiency, unlike the traditional testing method where the testing is done at the end by a QA team.
2. Headless Testing Is Going to Rule
Testing without UI is what headless testing is. This is a trend that doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. So, if you’re planning to implement shift-left testing, you’ll be performing testing from the earliest stage, and cross-browser testing is mostly done in the final stages of the development cycle. So, when you want to facilitate shift-left testing, you can always go for headless testing — testing without a graphical user interface.
The best part about headless testing is that it uses containers, and since it helps in rendering without a user interface, it can be very easily and effectively implemented in the early stages of development.
3. Cloud Testing Is Going to Grow
There is no pain in saying that cloud is being loved and widely adopted, due to the many advantages that it offers. Since its inception, the cloud is bringing agility, ease of use, scalability, and pay as you go for many of the organizations that have adopted it, and it is still expected to be trending upwards this year. As per a recent study, 57 percent of organizations have adopted the cloud and have a central cloud team, the remaining 33 percent are planning to have one in the near future. The cloud can also be integrated with testing and various cross-browser testing tools, which allows you to move your complete testing on the cloud. You can test anywhere, anytime, without installation in an agile environment, pay as you go, test as you like, and a lot more. There is no doubt that the cloud is going to be the Next Big Thing.
4. Increased Automation Will be in Demand
Be it testing, analytics, backup, performance monitoring, or whatever else is currently out there — automation is everywhere. In organizations where agile and DevOps are being implemented, faster testing is a necessity in order to keep up with this development. The fastest way to stay update in this case is automation testing.
With automation, testing can be done at a faster pace with the help of automation test scripts. You can write Selenium or Appium tests and run them across cross-browser testing tools, which execute these test scripts faster and more effectivly. With the advantages for automated testing, we can see a quick shift to automation as testing requirements are becoming faster.
5. Adoption of More Testing Frameworks
New testing frameworks are also gaining popularity, and we can expect them to change testing in the years to come. With the introduction of frameworks like Puppeteer, Cypress, Selenium Frameworks, etc., we can see a fair amount of enhancement in testing methods. Testing frameworks make it easy for testers and developers to adopt new testing methods quite easily and, hence, helps in effective testing.
Well, as we move further, we’ll see a ton of trends coming up every year, bringing a surge of advancements to the software testing industry. However, some trends, like cloud technology, are going to rule the testing world for many years to come. With major advancements coming up and new trends that people love, it is becoming necessary to adopt the latest testing technologies. So, it’s time for you to go ahead and decide which trends you want to adopt this year and which ones you want to leave behind in 2019.
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