The software industry in the world is growing at an unprecedented rate. It is transforming the world like never before, while this is extremely benefitting for the customer. It’s also giving many opportunities to businesses across the world to carve a niche in the market. Even with the rise of the pandemic, it is the software industry that will keep on growing, because ultimately the customers are drawn towards using digital products.
In other words, the software testing service providers fulfill the emerging demands of the customer and takes the progress of technology forward. Be it the latest technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and others or traditional platforms that bring a variety of tasks in one place, the software helps make things simplified for the customers.
The Effortlessness of Software for the Customers
The point is that no matter which technology of the world you’re using to simplify a task, the customer has to care about the experience. They don’t want to know whether you’re using a novelty in artificial intelligence for your application or deploying state of the art architecture to do a job. All they care about is the ultimate outcome that comes out of it and how it solves their problems.
For developers, this means hiding the complexities of tasks and presenting an encapsulated version for the users. This is done with a user interface. All customers have to do is use the options provided on the user interface and make things happen or accomplish a task they’ve been wanting to do. This effortlessness helps develop a heightened level of customer experience as well as profitability for the business.
The Nitty Gritty of the Backend
While the customer gets to use the best of the software, the tough tasks are left for the people at the backend. In other words, the nitty gritty and nuances of each and every process are left to the developers and testers to make perfect.
Therefore, it becomes a very crucial responsibility to picture-perfect everything at the backend so that it fits together and creates a seamless experience for the customer. While developers earlier used to create a single unified structure at the backend, it didn’t turn out to be very fruitful for the business as a whole. This is because a one-off architecture is difficult to scale and makes changes. It disturbs the entire application and creates problems for the entire team. Moreover, it also hampers the experience of the customers. For businesses, this means using a more distributed and independent form of architecture that can be put to use effortlessly.
Microservices to the Rescue
Microservices are an excellent architecture in this respect. They help create individual processes that can work effortlessly along with in coordination with each other. They help make an application agile and adapt to the changes in the market effortlessly. Moreover, it also facilitates easier business growth and updates in the software.
But testing microservices is a complex job. Most of the companies do a complete end to end testing of their microservice architectures that not only takes a considerable amount of time but also leaves many void spaces in the application. They are typically done using the user interface and mimicking the process that the customer sees.
However, microservices need more than just an end to end testing strategy. They need to be tested during the production and when they are out to use with the help of the APIs. Conventional testing would involve logging in to create a session, then navigating to a place in the user interface as well as sending input to test one or more things.
But instead of testing like a user, there are many other approaches that a user can adopt. For example, this would mean using subsystem testing and others. Take a look at some methods below:
It means that the software testers make a clone of the subsystem within which a particular microservice interacts. This enables realistic testing because even though microservices can operate individually, they still need the assistance of other microservices to complete certain workflows. Sub-system tests can be automated for easier testing options.
Consumer Contract Test
Rather than focusing on the API provider, contract testing helps create tests based on software using the API for execution. It refers to understanding how the application calls the API by scanning the entire codebase.
Testing that is done at the end, when the product is being deployed has a big advantage in the sense that it can coordinate changes to the API seamlessly. This means that changes to the Microsystems can be made simultaneously.
A set of checks is important for microservice architectures that ensure everything goes on perfectly smoothly. End to end testing microservices in production can be replaced with sufficiently small checks that yield better results in the end.