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How to Test a Time Machine

By : Noemí Ferrera
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How to Test a Time Machine

By: Noemí Ferrera

Overview of this book

From simple websites to complex applications, delivering quality is crucial for achieving customer satisfaction. How to Test a Time Machine provides step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical examples to show you how you can leverage your company's test architecture from different points in the development life cycle. You'll begin by determining the most effective system for measuring and improving the delivery of quality applications for your company, and then learn about the test pyramid as you explore it in an innovative way. You'll also cover other testing topics, including cloud, AI, and VR for testing. Complete with techniques, patterns, tools, and exercises, this book will help you enhance your understanding of the testing process. Regardless of your current role within development, you can use this book as a guide to learn all about test architecture and automation and become an expert and advocate for quality assurance. By the end of this book, you'll be able to deliver high-quality applications by implementing the best practices and testing methodologies included in the book.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Part 1 Getting Started – Understanding Where You Are and Where You Want to Go
Part 2 Changing the Status – Tips for Better Quality
Part 3 Going to the Next Level – New Technologies and Inspiring Stories
Appendix – Self-Assessment

What is inside the middle of the pyramid?

In the 2D models of the test pyramid, this section is generally reserved for “integration” testing, though it could also be used for service testing, system testing, contract testing, API testing, and so on. We can argue that a 3D test pyramid model is especially needed at this level, where many different test types are considered.

In this book, we are going to consider the middle of the test pyramid as the part that contains most of the backend-related testing of an application. I am also including performance testing as a hidden side of this level of the test pyramid.

As we build applications with different evolutions of the server-client architecture, we put more focus on the cloud. Careful testing becomes important here to make sure everything goes smoothly and to quickly and easily identify where exactly the problems are.

I remember once encountering a problem that was caused by a server in a bad state. This problem...