Complex web applications and websites involve a number of interactive features that are programmed to work together in creating a cohesive experience and business solution. Ensuring that each interface functions correctly is an important concern for programmers, project managers, I&T departments and the entire development team, internally within an agency and externally within the client’s organization.

In order to prepare for a successful launch, each piece of functionality in every single interface within an application should be tested. Continually testing functionality throughout project development is the ideal approach to quality control, as it provides the programming team with the ability to monitor interaction between new code, data implementation and changes made by members of the programming and development team. This allows programmers to recognize any breakages or errors that may occur within a particular functionality on any one of the numerous interfaces involved in the project’s development.

What is Integration Testing?

This process of testing each interface is known in programming and project management as “integration testing”.  Integration testing involves programming or pre-recording how the interface is used, allowing it to be replayed at any time and automatically tested for errors using code. While the concept of integration testing is ideal, many web development agencies struggle with finding a way to incorporate this practice into their project management and development plan.

What is the role Integration Testing at Wired Solutions?

In response, the programmers at Wired Solutions have reviewed industry standards and developed a unique process of automated integration testing, to provide continuous integration tests throughout project development.  For each project, Wired Solutions’ programmers create a number of unique automated integration tests to record and measure performance, while also performing end-to-end testing of the system in the context of real browsers.

Our automated integration tests work by running through each application with an interface as an end user would, and quickly testing common flows for any regression or unexpected behavior. These tests run against multiple target browsers to ensure the system runs in all target browsers throughout the application’s development.

Every morning, all integration tests within our applications run and send a detailed report of all or any tests that have failed as well as the tests that have successfully passed to each programmer on our team.

When Are Integration Tests Used?

At Wired Solutions, our automated integration tests are developed as soon as a functionality is added to an interface, and are developed using a code that functions by running through a sequence of actions on each interface to see if it works.  For example, if the application involves creating a user account, a Wired Solutions programmer will write an integration test that simulates an end user creating an account.  The test will automatically run each day, and as new data is added and as the application’s code is changed and updated, our programmers will review the test report to ensure that the account creation functionality is never broken and continues to work properly as the remainder of the application is built.

Why Integration Testing is Important To Your Projects

Through continuous, automated integration tests, our programmers are able to stay abreast of any potential points of weakness within the application. As a result, our development strategy leads itself to an agile approach to project management from project inception to the final completion of an error-free product.

While our process of automated, continuous integration testing does result in an additional 20% in time to our budget, the process ultimately ensures solid quality control,  and a final product with no surprises or broken features.

If you’re looking to create an integrated software solution to solve your business needs, contact Wired Solutions today at 519-250-7786 or sales@wiredsolutions.ca.

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