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Adopt a 'Shift Left' Approach to Testing to Accelerate and Improve Application Development

Published: 03 January 2018

ID: G00346925

Analyst(s): Jim Scheibmeir , Joachim Herschmann


Application leaders responsible for developing digital business applications are under increasing pressure to maximize quality and velocity of delivery. They should adopt a "shift left" approach to testing and invest in test automation to build a highly productive software development organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • What You Need to Know


  • Eliminate Code Instability and Increase Developer Efficiency by Combining Coding and Testing Into a Single Activity
  • Make It Easier for Developers to Quickly Test Changes via Continuous Integration and Test Automation
  • Structure Tests Using the Test Automation Pyramid
    • Unit and Component Tests
    • API and Service Layer Tests
    • Acceptance Tests
    • Integration Tests
    • UI Tests
    • Static Code Analysis
    • Specialized Tests

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