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Part 6

How to Implement QA Testing

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As part of your legacy Java application modernization journey, modernizing your QA testing process is essential for success. QA, or Quality Assurance, refers to the process of ensuring that software meets the desired quality standards before it is released to the desired audience.

Manual testing has been the traditional approach to QA testing. However, it's time-consuming, prone to human error, and not as effective in identifying defects as automated testing. Automated testing is a more efficient and reliable way to test software, as it reduces the risk of errors and improves the overall quality of your software.

What is Automated Testing

Automated testing involves the use of tools and frameworks to develop automated tests, run automated tests, compare results, and identify issues. It's a vital part of modernizing legacy Java applications because it allows teams to test frequently, quickly, and accurately, which is essential when deploying code changes frequently in a CI/CD environment.

Automated testing also helps identify defects earlier in the software development lifecycle, which reduces the cost of fixing bugs and improves the overall quality of your software. It also frees up QA teams to focus on more complex, higher value QA tasks, such as exploratory testing and risk assessment.

Key Benefits of Automated Testing

  • Faster feedback on code changes
  • Reduced risk of human error
  • Increased test coverage and efficiency
  • Improved software quality
  • Increased productivity of development and QA teams
  • Reduced overall cost of testing

How to Implement Automated Testing in the Cloud

To implement automated testing in the cloud, you need to ensure that your test automation tool and framework is designed to support the type of test automation that you want to perform. This means ensuring that you have the right tools, such as Cypress, and that your tests are designed to be robust, maintainable, and scalable. When it comes to your legacy Java modernization journey, at Architech, we guide our clients in selecting the right tool for their individual needs and modernization goals.  

Next, you'll need to integrate your automated testing framework with your CI/CD pipeline. This integration ensures that your automated tests are run automatically as part of your deployment process, providing rapid feedback on code changes.

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It's also essential to have a comprehensive suite of automated tests that cover all aspects of your Java application, including functional, regression, performance, and security testing. This suite of tests should be continuously updated and refined to ensure that the tests provide the necessary feedback on your application's quality.

If you want to learn more about adopting automated QA testing in your Java application modernization journey, check out this article on Moving From Manual To Automated QA Testing: A Quick And Easy Guide.

Why Automated Testing is Essential for Modernizing Your Legacy Applications

Automated testing is essential for the successful modernization of your legacy Java applications. By embracing automated testing, you'll reduce the risk of human error, increase test coverage, and improve the overall quality of your software. On the other hand, not using automated testing can lead to slow testing processes, inconsistent results, and an increased risk of human error. These risks can lead to longer development cycles, missed deadlines, lower quality software and even a production outage ultimately impacting your business bottom line.

By implementing automated testing as part of your Java modernization journey, you'll be able to catch issues earlier in the development process, which can lead to faster time-to-market and a better end-user experience. Additionally, automated testing can help support the adoption of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, which are essential for agile development practices and the modernization of your legacy Java applications.

At Architech, we can help you assess your organization's readiness for automated testing and guide you on how to apply modern QA testing in the cloud using automation to support your modernization journey. To learn more, schedule a call with our Java application modernization experts today.

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