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Solution Path for Testing Software Applications

Published: 20 November 2017

ID: G00342582

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Organizations cannot be successful if they do not test and release effective and reliable software in a timely manner. Technical professionals can use this Solution Path to establish an effective testing initiative for validating their custom software products.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

Solution Path

  • Step 1: Architect for Testability
  • Step 2: Build In Security and Performance
    • Security
    • Performance
  • Step 3: Shift Test Left
    • Continuous Integration
    • Test-Driven Development
    • Behavior-Driven Development
    • Static Code Analysis
    • Peer Review
  • Step 4: Maintain Environment Parity
    • Automated Configuration and Provisioning
    • Test Data Management
    • Virtualizing Services and Components
  • Step 5: Test the Layers of the App
    • Types of Testing
    • Database Testing
    • Class and Component Layer Testing
    • API Layer Testing
    • Presentation Layer Testing
  • Step 6: Monitor and Measure
    • Monitoring
    • Metrics

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