Trends in Software Testing
05 Apr 2023
Jobs in software testing are increasing in number so what are the key trends?
Over the past few decades, Ireland has become a hub for software development and technology companies, with many major multinational corporations establishing a significant presence here. This has had a significant positive impact on Ireland's economy and employment, as the software industry is a major contributor to our gross domestic product (GDP) and is responsible for creating many jobs both directly and indirectly. The industry also provides opportunities for Irish graduates to work in high-skilled and high-paying roles.
A key part of the software development process is testing the product and that’s where our team in Brightwater Technology are registering a number of jobs. Software testing is the process of evaluating a software application or system to identify any defects, errors, or issues that need to be resolved before it is released to users. Effective software testing is critical for ensuring that the software meets its intended purpose and operates correctly, reliably, and securely. By identifying and resolving defects early in the development process, testing can help to improve software quality, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction.
Outlined below are just some of the key current trends in software testing.
Continuous testing is a trend that has gained popularity in recent years, and it involves automating the testing process throughout the software development lifecycle. This approach allows for early detection of defects and faster feedback, resulting in higher-quality software.
AI and Machine Learning:
Another trend that is gaining momentum is the use of AI and machine learning in software testing. With these technologies, testers can automate tasks such as test case creation and analysis, improving the accuracy and efficiency of testing.
Cloud-based testing has become more popular in recent years, allowing testers to run tests on a range of devices and platforms. This approach provides greater scalability and flexibility, which is particularly useful for testing large-scale or complex applications.
Agile testing is a methodology that emphasizes collaboration, flexibility, and rapid feedback. It involves testing small increments of software as they are developed, rather than waiting until the end of the development cycle. This approach allows for early detection of defects and faster feedback, resulting in higher-quality software.
Test Automation Frameworks:
Test automation frameworks provide a standardized approach to software testing, making it easier for testers to create, run, and maintain automated tests. They can also help to reduce the time and cost of testing, while improving the accuracy and reliability of test results.
DevOps and TestOps:
DevOps is a software development approach that emphasizes collaboration and integration between development and operations teams. TestOps, an extension of DevOps, focuses on integrating testing into the DevOps pipeline. This approach allows for faster feedback and greater collaboration between teams, resulting in higher-quality software.
With the increasing popularity of mobile devices, mobile testing has become a crucial part of software testing. Mobile testing involves testing applications on a range of mobile devices and platforms, ensuring that they work correctly on different screen sizes, operating systems, and networks.
Test Data Management:
Test data management is the process of managing the data used for testing applications. This includes creating and maintaining test data, as well as ensuring that it is accurate and secure. Effective test data management is essential for ensuring that automated tests provide reliable and accurate results.
Shift-left testing is a practice that involves moving testing earlier in the development process, before code is written. This approach allows for earlier detection of defects and faster feedback, reducing the time and cost of testing.
Low-code/no-code testing involves using visual programming tools to create automated tests, making it easier for non-technical testers to create and maintain tests. This approach can help to reduce the time and cost of testing, while also improving the accuracy and reliability of test results.
Overall, these trends are likely to continue to shape the software testing industry, as organisations seek to improve the quality and efficiency of their software development processes. As technology continues to evolve, it's important for testers to stay up to date with the latest trends and tools to ensure that they can provide high-quality testing services that meet the needs of their clients.
If you are working in test and are interested in a new role, please contact our team today. If you are an organisation/employer looking to recruit either permanent or contract testers, please contact Derek Smyth at 01 5927861.