Today, software engineering is defined by speed. As companies strive to achieve weekly, or even daily, releases, QA and development teams must combine their efforts to deliver a high-quality product on schedule. This is not always easy, as both teams contribute differently to the project. Developers are concerned with developing and delivering the product on time, and QA engineers are tasked with testing and ensuring its quality. Oftentimes, these teams are completely separate units. With proper coaching and guidance, you can unite both teams in pursuit of a common goal: a solid product release that meets customer requirements.
Over the years we have been asked, and have answered, nearly every possible question about QA. The one recurring question that no one can answer clearly is, “What is the right mix of QA engineers to development engineers?” We admit it: we don’t have a firm answer, either. The ideal ratio of QA to dev depends on several key factors, each of which may change on a project-to-project basis. For this reason, we recommend starting with a small team and scaling up or down as needed.
Working with the latest test automation technology requires the latest knowledge. The goal of our advanced technology group is thorough research and evaluation of these technologies as they are released. To help you succeed in every aspect of test automation, we’re passing our findings on to you. To quote our team, “The world is changing rapidly. Big will not beat small anymore—it will be the fast beating the slow.” As you’ll discover, speed is just one of the six benefits of test automation.
The primary goal of API testing is code-level testing of both the application and the API. A full, organized suite of testing will verify the individual parts of each method, class, and package within the API, ensure security of the application’s code, and confirm the expected interaction between the API layer and the application. Grow your test toolkit by pairing this API testing tutorial with our blog post about API testing advantages.
Compared with graphical user interface (GUI) testing, application programming interface (API) testing provides several key advantages, each of which can improve the coverage of your test cycle, conserve resources, and result in faster, more efficient releases. Based on your project timeline, integration requirements, and desired functionality, API testing is usually a worthwhile approach when testing your application in-house or with an offshore QA team. Four key advantages of API testing include: