Software delivery has evolved drastically over the years. Gone are the eras of mainframe and client-server-based customer experiences where the delivery cycle time and time-to-market were as long as they were arduous. Read on to learn more about how codeless testing may be the solution for efficiency within your SDLC.
Today, terms like codeless, continuous automated testing and shift left are all indicators that the software industry has entered the age of the customer. This new age means that technology and economic forces put customers in control of their interactions with businesses. As a result, businesses undergoing a digital transformation are now putting a heavy focus on the customer experience.
With digital experiences at the forefront of digital transformation, it isn’t always a simple task to achieve. The demand for faster software releases has created new challenges for organizations that fail to test earlier and more frequently in the software delivery lifecycle. Improving customer experience and growing revenue are top strategic priorities in the age of the customer and codeless testing is one way for IT leaders to adopt modern testing approaches to ensure that quality is being upheld.
What is codeless?
Codeless software development is a type of application software platform used to design, deploy and operate software applications without the use of, or visual presentation of, computer code or script. This type of platform allows software developers to build applications quickly with a simple drag and drop tool and other one-click deployment methods. This makes it easy for others who are not professional software developers to test and build applications as well.
Traditional development platforms typically have a complicated configuration system and a skilled engineer who would manually write the code. This tends to make an enterprise less agile, as complex codes require a lot of time and expertise to operate the system accurately.
Codeless platforms on the other hand are easier to use and operate since you do not need to write the codes for developing applications, rather simply using pre-configured modules to write automation scripts. This has led to the rise of the “citizen developer.”
A citizen developer is someone who wants to author an application but lacks IT expertise (particularly coding or scripting) and tools. A wave of codeless applications has evolved to aid citizen developers in their quest to use software applications to solve their individual or team productivity challenges. Such codeless platforms enable citizen developers with the ability to design and deploy enterprise-grade applications without compromising IT security.
How does codeless affect testing?
Codeless software development is a form of visual software environment used to design and manage software applications. This enables developers to quickly build applications using an intuitive tool. This form of development is appealing for various reasons including:
Ease of use: It’s user-friendly and allows non-programmers to contribute to app testing cycles/workflows.
Expedites release cycles: It’s ideal for enterprises that have a backlogged development team in need of utilizing business users as developers.
Optimizes visibility: It’s a comprehensive solution that enables testers insight into all paths of execution within applications
Overall, a codeless platform provides an automated approach that allows the more technical developers to focus on complex execution or initiatives. This testing strategy enables faster feedback loops through the visibility that’s gained. With this, teams can find defects earlier and solve them when they are the easiest and cheapest to fix.
What are the benefits of codeless?
Codeless, continuous automated testing provides many benefits, specifically when it comes to empowering teams that are responsible for app testing in the early stages, such as the QA and R&D teams.
Ultimately, the goal with codeless testing is to eliminate inefficiencies due to manual testing, create interoperability between disjointed systems, and enable rapid feedback across QA and engineering teams. If adopted correctly, codeless and continuous testing will help your enterprise achieve faster release of quality apps, focus on customer-centric issues that impact value creation, streamline test cases and use of real devices, and accelerate development through alignment between QA and engineering.
Codeless automation tools remove the need for manually written, complex automation scripts. Creating test environments manually in the appropriate programming languages puts your enterprise at risk for errors to be made in the script that take time to be debugged. Codeless test automation overcomes these challenges by generating code automatically, reducing time and resources spent. With codeless and continuous testing, generating testing reports, integrating bug tracking tools, and managing complex tests can all be accomplished quickly and effortlessly.
Codeless testing is ideal for any type of user. For those who are technical testers, codeless is beneficial for:
Streamlining testing processes and dedicating more time to further innovation
Reducing time spent doing extra QA and cleaning up manual errors
Shifting less technical testing responsibilities to business users
And for the non-technical testers, or citizen developers, codeless gives you the ability to:
Execute test functions with greater ease and confidence
Leverage suggestive coding and repurpose tests to shorten feedback loops
Alleviate technical testers’ workload and release projects into the market quicker
Evolving model-based testing to reduce cost and time
Traditional model-based testing is an antiquated testing technique where tests are derived from a model within the system being tested. This method is no longer optimal because manually creating models is resource-intensive model-based testing requires more time to build and execute tests, resulting in higher costs.
However, by deploying an automated solution enterprises can mitigate the time constraints and the additional costs associated with a codeless method. By doing so teams can focus on executing more tests at a faster velocity with full visibility into all paths of execution within their application.
A modernized model-based testing approach is a great way to simplify your enterprises’ testing, as the logic is embedded within the model. Adopting a continuous testing solution instead enables organizations to automate testing models to accelerate release, gain full visibility of the changes occurring within their testing cycles, save resources that would otherwise be spent executing endless numbers of manual tests, and give technical users the ability to automate simple tests with the flexibility required for more complex test executions.
Interested in learning how to gain visibility into your organization’s testing process while creating ease of use for non-technical users? Check out our webinar: “Stop testing in the dark: How full visibility and codeless shine a light on and fill your enterprise testing gaps.”