Recent trends in software testing

By | February 18, 2014

There’s no room for complacency in technology. This is an industry that hasn’t stopped evolving since it was founded and is always moving forward. In the last few years alone terms like “cloud computing”, “enterprise mobility”, and “DevOps” have gone from completely unheard of to standard industry terminology. More than just add to the tech vernacular, the adoption rates of these trends have disrupted the traditional software development model, pushing firms towards Agile development and continuous delivery.


The question is where does that leave software testing? Let’s take a look at 5 recent trends to find out.

Software testers are learning to harness the power of the cloud

What do you get when you combine the power of cloud computing with software testing techniques? The answer is cloud testing. Cloud testing utilizes a cloud computing infrastructure to simulate all sorts of different environments in order to thoroughly test web applications. By configuring environmental settings, you can perform load, stress, and performance tests easily without requiring any additional hardware or users. Cloud environments also work well in testing latency and concurrency.

Independent and crowdsourced software testing is on the rise

Leading business research firm Nelson Hall recently revealed that the independent software testing industry is poised for 9.5% annual growth until 2018. The reason? Businesses are beginning to understand that when it comes to software testing, the more eyes the better. Crowdsourced and independent testing allow you to scale testing efforts to the your specific needs. Furthermore, it’s a lot friendlier on the budget than an in-house QA department.

Move over PCs, mobile devices are taking over

With the sale of mobile devices eclipsing PCs, if you’re a software tester, you’re going to need some mobile testing experience to keep up. Mobile testing, of course, means much more than performing a few functional tests on a mobile device. True mobile testers understand the differences between major mobile platforms, and how various settings, OS versions, screen sizes, and prepackaged vendor software can affect software and website functionality.

Software’s gone global

If you have a company that’s looking to gain global exposure, you’re probably already aware of the importance of localization. End users around the world are more savvy than ever and simply translating text is not enough to ensure success abroad. That’s why localization testing is really taking off. What is localization testing? In a nutshell it takes into account a lot of variables like OS version, language, grammar, and regional settings, and confirms whether or not a piece of software has been designed to match its intended market.

Automation is for more than just regression testing

Automation has long been associated with regression testing, but that’s starting to change. Software testers with programming experience are embracing code-driven automation, and applying it to load and unit tests. Using xUnit frameworks (e.g. JUnit), testers can create scripts to unit test classes and functions. These scripts can be saved and used in the future – saving both time and effort.



Category: Quality assurance testing

About Cheylene Thongkham

Cheylene Thongkham is a London-based technical writer and experienced software tester. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2007 and an ISTQB certification in 2010. After working as a web application tester in the US, Cheylene assumed the role of Senior QA Analyst at a FTSE 250 company in London where she oversaw testing for mobile websites, business intelligence, and Oracle databases. She is currently working towards becoming an Oracle Certified Professional.