What is Continuous Testing in DevOps?

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As per the statistics 3.2 billion people across the world are smartphone users. This proves that the mobile app industry is thriving and in fact, mobile app usage and smartphone penetration is still growing at a steady rate, without any signs of slowing down in the future. The brands are able to predict and understand the customer’s expectation through feedback, resulting in frequent feature releases. Hence brands want to speed up the software delivery process for on time delivery. It has been proved that robust testing techniques influence the software delivery process in both accelerating and increasing the quality of the software.Here continuous testing comes into the picture as it provides speed@quality for building high performance mobile and web applications. In this blog, we will define continuous testing, also understand its importance and differentiate between continuous testing and test automation.

What is Continuous Testing in DevOps?

In continuous testing, small pieces of software code is tested at each and every stage of the delivery pipeline. Here the application under development is validated at each and every stage of the development cycle, right from the early stages which saves the time, efforts and cost required in fixing the bugs of the later stages.

Continuous testing came from the development process where small units of codes are developed and then the build is tested and deployed in a centralised repository. Hence deployment takes place several times in a day which increases the speed of software development. As testing happens frequently and with code being validated at each and every stage of the devOps loop, the speed and quality of the app increases.

In DevOps testing is done by testing, developing and  operations team as testing happens over the complete loop of the DevOps cycle. Even testing happens post deployment inorder to avoid negative feedback from the client side. Hence most of the organizations prefer continuous testing in order to develop high performing applications

How is continuous testing different from test automation?

Test Automation  Continuous Testing
Test automation is a process where test cases are automated to perform testing of software at a very high speed. In continuous testing, test cases are automated to validate the software at each and every stage of the development cycle to achieve continuous quality and improvement.
The purpose of test automation is to run repetitive cycles of test cases, which helps to perform testing at a high speed and reduce the number of bugs. In continuous testing, automated test cases are run at each stage to find the risk and improve the quality of the software
Automation testing can take place without continuous testing It is impossible to perform continuous testing without test automation
Software delivery can take a period of a month or more Software delivery can happen within a week or a day.
Feedback is received after the deployment of the entire software product Feedback is received at in frequent intervals and at every stage of the development cycle

Conclusion

With the advancement in software applications taking place frequently, we require some robust, reliable and fast testing methods to maintain stability in performance of the software applications. Hence continuous testing helps in faster delivery of the applications, as small units of codes are tested early, frequently and at every stage of development. Small units of code are tested and post bug fixing, the build is deployed to the main server. Hence the software release takes place within a day or hour. Hence continuous testing increases the efficiency of app development process and also helps in building high performance applications.

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