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Application Quality And Testing – Ensuring A Seamless Experience For Our Customers

Quality speaks for itself. We’re currently living in a world where the word new is rewritten on a daily basis. Ground-breaking applications are constantly being produced and nearly every one of these apps promises to be the next best thing to sliced bread, however, not all of these applications make the cut.

Types of testing

Creating a world-class application is a major, yet one of the many parts of a software delivery chain that leads to the delivery of a product to your customer. Many companies in the mad rush of creating multiple apps forego the need for quality in the software that they develop. This practice of putting testing tasks on the backburner speeds up the development process at the outset but increases the burden of bug-fixing on the development team.

At Volumetree, Continuous Testing is a requirement, not an overhead. This is a best practice approach for testing that allows us to deliver quality software quicker without compromising on quality.

By allowing us to test apps we create for you at high speed and throughout the software lifecycle, Continuous Testing helps us avoid bottlenecks in your development process, all while keeping our users happy with exceptional and frustration free digital experiences.

Our test tasks run concurrently as soon as the development sprint begins. All our test cases for the sprint are created at the beginning of the sprint. This ensures that developers and testers are on the same page.

Know about Software testing and it’s types!

Our dedicated testing team tests each app at every stage of its development and deployment process. Our programmers ensure that they run unit tests before it is integrated into the app.

This has been mandated as a part of its code check-in process. Our test processes ensure that undesired behavior that has been missed does not find its way into the final product.

Specialized apps need specialized effort. We at Volumetree understand that. Our test teams include domain experts, who ensure that your product is of the utmost quality. Our domain specialists are experienced, meticulous and have a very keen eye for detail.

Product approvals at Volumetree are the sole domain of the test teams. No product is ever put into production before our test teams give us the go-ahead. Each product is meticulously tested and analyzed before it reaches our customers.

As many of our apps are web-based, it is imperative that we test our products across devices. The problem with testing apps for the web is the staggering number of devices and the number of browsers that these devices may use.

Following these ground rules has ensured that we do not leave any stone unturned:

  1. Not using emulators for testing
  2. Testing on more than one device
  3. Testing on multiple resolutions
  4. Testing on more than one version of each operating system

Testing for Mobile Apps

We understand that while testing apps aimed at mobile devices, it would be virtually impossible trying to test the apps on every single device out there. To overcome this barrier, we test smartly.

We prioritize and cover the largest possible chunk of the market. Ensuring that the app looks good, feels good and performs well on a large sample gives us the confidence we need to roll the app out into production.

Multi-device Testing

testing on different devices

In the current, rapidly evolving mobile world, testing apps on multiple devices has become mandatory. For both iOS and Android, we test the app on multiple operating system versions, on as many OS/Device combinations as possible, ensuring maximal compatibility and little to no room for app incompatibility. For Android, we test our apps on most major and popular devices in the market. For iOS, apps are tested on all supported iOS versions and devices that support them.

Usability Testing

Usability testing is the most important bit of testing apps as it helps us figure out if our app is slow and frustrating if the navigation is simple and clear and if it looks good.

This also answers the very basic question that determines if an app will ever be used – will I install it? Does it make me happy? This can solve many questions at the outset, including retention and churn rates. Using Google analytics also helps us understand if things are going south for our app.

Testing for web applications and websites
Web applications and websites pose a bigger challenge than mobile devices. The screen resolutions of monitors used may be as varied as the version of the browser, the operating system and the underlying hardware of the system.

Our testing regime for web apps includes:

Multi-Browser Testing

This is the most common type of test to ensure that the applications we develop look consistent across various browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. These tests can be conducted on one computer by individually opening each type of browser in succession.

The same test script is used across browsers to ensure compatibility. Multi-browser testing is more of a strategy than a function. Multi-browser testing helps us in discovering bugs that would otherwise be overlooked. By ensuring that we test the high-risk browsers more than low-risk ones, we ensure that testing is homogenous with fewer iterations.

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This also performs a sanity check on the application by ensuring that our audience receives the same app experience across various platforms.

Multi-Version Testing

The application is tested across versions of the browser, such as Mozilla Firefox version 10 onwards or Internet Explorer 9 onwards. This test is run using our test scripts. The same test script is used for testing across various browsers. These tests are conducted on multiple machines as many browsers may not support different versions on the same computer.

Concurrent Testing

concurrent unit testing patterns

Our concurrent test cases confirm that the application is simultaneously checked across a host of browsers at the same time.

In the case of individual tests, the same tester or multiple testers may be operating those browsers depending on the requirements of testing.

There are many variations of this kind of testing such as – Single-Browser Concurrent Testing, Single-Browser Distributed Concurrent Testing, Multi-Browser Concurrent Testing, and Multi-Browser Distributed Testing.

Destructive testing approach

Trying to break an app is the best way to figure out if it is stable. Contrary to popular belief, a user will not even know how to clear out the cache, update and reset their OS, give permissions or even ensure that there is enough space on their phone. Using a user-derived methodology for testing is a good way to find bugs that you might overlook.

Security testing 

security testing approachThe important facet of testing that is often missed by many organizations is security testing. Security testing ensures that network vulnerabilities, app vulnerabilities, and underlying operating system bugs, zero-day vulnerabilities, and intrusive attack possibilities can be mitigated.

Ad-hoc testing 

We at Volumetree believe that if you do not know the app well, you will find the maximum number of issues, whether related to stability or user experience. Our ad-hoc testing phase begins before the product is rolled out to the customer. Teams uninvolved with the development or testing of the app use the product to see if any glaring issues have been skipped by developers and testing teams.

Poorly tested apps can cause undesired behavior, causing losses to the users and the company that has created the app. Security loopholes, data security, and backdoors can wreak havoc on the devices of those using the app, creating legal implications for the company developing the application and potential dangers for those using them.

We at Volumetree put quality at the forefront. Every single member of our team is involved in not only developing world-class solutions but also ensuring that these products are of top-notch quality, ensuring a seamless and trouble-free experience for our customers. This helps us deliver quality solutions faster, improving the application quality for the user and improve the efficiency of teams.

 

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