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Why is continuous testing challenging?
When automating functional testing, it is quite hard to access full software coverage or test every part of a software.
Limited continuous delivery
Most testing platforms don’t allow full integration with CI/CD tools due technological constraints and limited connectors.
Too many flaky tests
Regression tests are great when they identify issues before a production build. But there's nothing more frustrating than a test suite that throws constant false positives — or tests that fail when they should pass.
When running complex and large functional tests, it becomes difficult to maintain every test at scale and for quality assurance engineers to test manually without consuming significant time and resources.
Most tool providers generate binary files that are "shareable" with versioning systems but don't allow any smart collaborative approach. This has to change.
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Agilitest is an intuitive suite so that everyone can automate functional tests at scale and optimize for continuous testing.
Flaky tests (false positive)
Saved in test maintenance costs
Compatible with CI/CD
Unlock better testing
Stop being constrained by tools’ limits in terms of software coverage. Test all parts of your software, create complex and rich scenarios with complex business paths. Developers can focus on developing, and testers can get rid of repetitive, tedious tasks in favor of tasks that require their critical thinking.
Create more robust tests
Get rid of flaky tests and maintain tests based on user story evolution. Flaky tests create uncertainty, and uncertainty is not something that can be easily exploited by a fully automated computer system.
Integrate with CI/CD systems
Integrate all your test executions with your favorite CI tools to trigger test runs automatically once the build is ready. Agilitest ATS format enables maximum compatibility with most used systems (Jenkins, Maven, TestNG, etc)
Faster collaborative work
Access comprehensible reports and easy to understand files. And with faster and more continuous feedback loops throughout the pipeline, bugs can be found and fixed earlier. This also means quality can be assured faster, and releases can take place sooner.
Lower testing costs
When testing is performed faster, with higher precision, and resources are optimized, costs are optimized or reduced as a result. Furthermore, when bugs are discovered earlier in the release cycle, they are less costly to fix than later.
Frequently asked questions about continuous testing.
What is continuous testing?
The move towards a more agile software production has introduced the concept of Continuous delivery (CD). Continuous delivery is a software development practice where code changes are automatically prepared for a release to production. A pillar of modern application development, continuous delivery expands upon continuous integration by deploying all code changes to a testing environment and/or a production environment after the build stage. When properly implemented, developers will always have a deployment-ready build artifact that has passed through a standardized test process. After a feature has been developed, but before it is released, what is most time-consuming is testing and all its related activities. Testing can be sped up with automation, and at the same time increase accuracy and lower risk, which overall enhances product quality. This is why automation is key in Agile.
Why is continuous testing important?
Continuous testing is important because it helps catch defects earlier in the development process, when they are easier and less costly to fix. By continuously running tests as code changes are made, developers can identify and fix issues as they arise, rather than waiting until later in the development process or after the software has been deployed. This can help improve the overall quality of the software, and can save time and resources that would have been spent on debugging and fixing issues later on.
What types of tests can be run as part of continuous testing?
Continuous testing can involve running a variety of different types of tests, including unit tests, integration tests, and functional tests. The specific types of tests that are run will depend on the needs of the project and the goals of the testing process.
How is continuous testing different from continuous integration?
Continuous integration is a software development practice in which code changes are automatically built, tested, and merged into a shared repository. Continuous testing is a related practice in which tests are continuously run against code changes, usually as part of a continuous integration process. While continuous integration and continuous testing are often used together, they are not the same thing. Continuous integration focuses on the process of building and integrating code changes, while continuous testing focuses on the process of running and evaluating tests.
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