5 Essential Software Testing Steps Every Developer Should Perform
5 Essential Software Testing Steps Every Developer Should Perform

There are some essential and basic software testing that should be done by every developer before passing it on to the tester team in any software testing companies in UAE or even for a peer review. The objective is to detect bugs that is obvious immediately. Here are some basic software testing steps every developer should perform before passing on their work to someone else.

1.    Basic Functionality Testing

Start by ensuring that all buttons on all screens works. You also need to make sure that even a simple text entry would not crash the software. There is no need of trying out various combination of clicks and characters, or edge conditions- because the testers are experts in that, and it would be better if the job is left to him.

The objective here is to not let anyone else touch your work if its is going to crash as soon as someone enters something as simple as a name in the user field. If the feature is designed to be accessed via an API, run tests to ensure that basic API functionality works before moving it for intensive testing. If you detect some errors tell your testing team that something does not work, and you are aware of it and will fix it later.

2.    Code Review

The second pair of eyes viewing the source code can expose a lot of problems. A peer review within your software development Company in Dubai before handing over the code before testing would be ideal. But this should be done only after the basic functionality review.

3.    Static Code Analysis

Many tools are available that can do an analysis on the source code or byte code without executing it. The advantages of such tools are that they can find vulnerabilities in the source code, such as security issues and potential concurrency issues. Also, these tools can be used to enforce coding standards and configure those tools to run automatically as part of the build.

4.    Unit Testing

Unit tests are commonly written to ensure that the unit (it can be method, class, or component) is working as expected and test with an array of valid and invalid inputs.

In a contiguous integration environment, unit tests should be performed whenever you commit a change to the source code repository, and this code should be run on the development machine as well. At times teams have coverage goals to achieve for their unit tests and will fail flunk a build if the unit tests are not comprehensive enough.

Mock objects and virtualized services can be used by developers to ensure that the units can be tested independently.  If these test fail, fix the errors before you pass it on to somebody else. If the issue can’t be fixed then and there, let the other person know that you are aware of the issue.


5.    Single-User Performance Testing

Some teams in a software company in Dubai have load and performance testing integrated into their continuous integration process and execute load tests immediately after it is checked in. This is especially true for back-end code. But developers should also be viewing at single-user performance on the front-end and ensuring that the system is responsive only when active.

If it requires more than a couple of seconds to display a web page fetched from a local or emulated (and therefore responsive) web server, find out which client-side code is delaying things and resolve the issue as soon as possible.


Striking the Right Balance

Allocate time to perform as many tests as possible before you transfer your code over to anybody else because neglecting bugs in the code is a bad use of your as well as your testers time. The key is in finding the right balance.