“Before a code can be made reusable, it first needs to be usable”
The ultimate usability of a software relies heavily on the correctness of code. An application with its roots in an unique idea no matter how out of the box it may be, is of no value till it has been tested and validated.
Why Manual Testing?
There exist a large number of programmed testing practices and methods that help ensuring up to the mark code quality and reliability. But, Software testing is complete until it has been tested with the keenness of human mind. Manual testing is a testing technique wherein all test operations are performed manually without the help of any automation. Obviously it requires that the testers be more patient, observant and speculative when they look for unexpected software behaviour.
It offers a few obvious advantages:
* When the number of test cycles is small
* When random tests need to be performed
* Reduced short term costs
* More scrutinization of code possible as more time is spent
Manual Testing Over Automated Testing
In order to save time and resources, software companies generally opt for automation of testing wherever possible but no amount of automation however rigorous can ever replace manual testing. At least not until technology can imitate the human brain. Without doubt, automation driven test cases reduce human efforts and save a lot of time but they do only what they have been coded to do. Also automated testing is susceptible to machine defects. Say if due to an unwarranted virus attack the testing is interrupted, then the whole process might have to be undertaken again. On the other hand, manual testing makes it possible to harness human qualities. With manual testing, you can apply innovativeness and analyze the code from new angles and test for bugs accordingly.
Best Practices in Manual Testing
Manual testing is the oldest and yet the most efficient kind of testing methods that exists in the software industry today. MetaDesign Solutions a leading software development company has achieved competence in all of the different stages of manual testing:
* Exploring and understanding program functionality
* Preparing test environment
* Recommending test cases
* Manually executing test cases
* Result verification
* Recording the result
* Making a summary
* Recording new defects uncovered during testing
Be it Unit testing, Integration testing, System testing, User Acceptance testing, Smoke testing, Performance testing or any other kind of testing that involves diligent manual efforts, experienced testers working at MDS keep their watchful eyes open and intrusive brains focused to ensure a trustworthy test support to its global clientele.
Automation is a great revolution but it’s wisest to not try and automate everything because what manual testing can do is irreplaceable by any amount of automation. A detailed, astute manual testing is really the key to a reliable snag free software.