If you built a new car, would you sell it without taking it on a test drive? Verifying if the brakes work? Participating in crash testing? The answer to all of the above questions is “no.” It would be impossible – and illegal – to build and sell a car without subjecting it to the required tests. Testing is important. That’s obvious, right?
But that’s less obvious in the world of application development. Today, some companies are cutting corners to try to squeeze new applications out in a shorter time – and neglecting continuous production testing throughout development, and post-release.
In this article, we’ll look at just a few reasons why continuous testing is so important for your business – and why you should never cut corners when it comes to testing.
1. You’ll Solve Each Bug And Error More Quickly
Continuous testing is usually defined as a developer adding and testing their codebase at least once per day – each day, they commit their changes, and test what they’ve built.
One of the chief benefits of doing this is that errors and bugs can be quickly caught each day – when something goes wrong after someone adds a few new lines of code, it’s typically quite obvious what it is.
This builds a faster “feedback loop” allowing you developers to catch potential issues before they snowball into bigger problems.
2. Fewer Integration Errors
When you’re importing 10,000 lines of code into a codebase that already contains 20,000 lines, chances are some major conflicts are going to come up – and you’ll need to solve them.
But when you’re slowly building an application each day and continuously testing each new addition to your codebase, you’ll likely encounter far fewer of these issues, and your developers can tackle each one as it comes up – rather than facing dozens of integration errors at once.
3. Continuous Testing Enables Continuous Delivery
One of the biggest advantages you can have, compared to the competition, is the ability to deploy new software functions more quickly. Continuous testing enables CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) in a DevOps strategy. By reducing your time to market for new software and new features, you can outcompete other companies, and deliver a better product to your customers.
4. Software Automation Makes It Easy To Test Each Day
The process of daily testing and integration of new code into an application may seem resource-intensive, but modern automated testing tools have made it easier than ever to quickly check for errors, locate them, and correct them. If you use the proper automated tools, your developers can easily debug and fix their work daily – further enhancing your workflow.
Integrate Continuous Testing Into Your Development Strategy Now!
Not only does continuous testing ensure that you’re delivering a product that’s as bug-free and thoroughly-tested as possible, but it also has all of the above advantages. So consider how you can adopt a DevOps-focused, continuous testing strategy in your own company – and you’re sure to enjoy all of those benefits, and quite a few more.