When it comes to application development, testing is often the most expensive and difficult stage of the development cycle. Aside from having to deal with unplanned errors, even with the most experienced programmers, errors often go unnoticed until it is too late. Whether it is a security hole, a buggy feature, or a small cosmetic blemish – any mistake is unacceptable in today’s competitive environment because no matter your industry, chances are at least a few competitors exist for customers to choose from.
Although hiring more experienced developers might seem like the answer to preventing quality assurance flukes, in reality, the reason so many bugs make it past the testing phase is because developers don’t have the tools to test from every angle. Take the Android operating system. Although it looks the same regardless of the phone it runs on, in reality smart phones are so unique that developers must test their applications on every individual phone to ensure full compatibility.
To help ensure that quality assurance teams can meet the rigorous demands of today’s consumers and enterprises, Neotys, a vendor of a wide array of load & performance testing tools for web and mobile applications, has released version 4.0 of their NeoLoad application testing solution. The suite allows developers to test their applications over a wide array of common cloud, mobile, and web technologies.
On the cloud & web angle, NeoLoad provides testing for: J2EE , .Net, SOAP, Oracle, SAP, AJAX, Adobe Flex & Air, Google Web Tools, Java Serialization, Microsoft Silverlight, Push Technologies, and many others including a handful of enterprise services. On the mobile side of things, NeoLoad supports: Blackberry, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
NeoLoad allows developers to test their applications across multiple cell phone types straight within the program, which streamlines the development cycle and cuts development costs. Through the use of the “Identify as” feature, users can record the application through their desktop, plus emulation of the different carriers bumps up the precision of the testing by allowing programmers to ensure that applications will work across the major networks – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. based on a specified region.
In addition to being an excellent tool for on the fly and dynamic testing, NeoLoad provides an additional set of features which make it a valuable tool for any company with an in-house development team. Through the use of a tight knit shared respiratory server, developers across the room or even across the globe can work in sync on the same project without having to worry about task delegation and ensuring that code is not overridden or deleted by mistake.
Users of NeoLoad also have the ability to test the performance of streaming video in varying formats, which is a very useful feature given the fact that while your customers might have a high speed connection on their desktops/laptops but when it comes to mobile devices and tablets a video can make or break the entire experience of your customers visit to your website or application.
Finally, NeoLoad provides many other features related to monitoring and showing the results of the tests. By providing users with the ability to pinpoint glitches in the functionality of applications on the fly, developers can mitigate minor bugs before they snowball into more severe matters. Additionally, the suite provides monitoring of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure that the vendor powering each component of your application is sufficient to meet projected demand.
Overall, while there are many other features which cannot be covered due to space constraints – the key lesson of this piece is that when it comes to quality assurance, today just testing on one machine, even five is not enough to ensure quality. Due to the variety of devices on the market for consumers, when it comes to performance testing, developers need to have the right tools to perform their job.
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