Hello from the Ministry of Software Testing

Deborah Bennun
Deborah Bennun Director Academy & Documentation
27. February 2018 in

Technology English

The process of creating an amazing online shop is an elaborate process that involves a lot of moving parts. Completing a project is what stands between you and a steady revenue stream from online sales. This can lead to trying to get everything done fast and cutting corners. However, when dealing with financial transactions and personal details, the shop you build is much more than just a tool for selling, it is also the public face of your company and a place where data security and integrity are of utmost importance.

Testing, one of the essential aspects of software development is sometimes de-prioritised or remembered in the project’s final stages. This can unfortunately, lead to some nasty time consuming and costly surprises. In order to remind you just how important testing is, we have compiled a list of our favorite tips, tricks and best practices that we recommend to use when building a shop with Spryker.


The Four Main Reasons Errors Occur

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Errors can appear during all stages of software development: while introducing a feature, specification, development and also during the testing phase. The feature can be introduced without taking into consideration how it will work for the end user. The specification stage can miss some integration with existing or coming features. It can also miss validation rules or some behaviour descriptions. Development stage can leave some bugs. On testing stage fixed bugs can reveal or introduce new ones.  


What are the main causes for software errors?

  1. Poor understanding of the feature
  2. Unclear or contradicting requirements
  3. Poor alignment with overall architecture / development concept
  4. Human / programmatic errors

How can you avoid these errors?

Try our below checklist to tackle potential errors before they occur in a live environment.

  • Did I completely understand what the feature does? How should the user use it? What are the benefits of having this feature?
  • Did I consider misuse of this feature?
  • Can this feature compromise  the security or performance of the system?
  • Did I think about all implementation aspects: how it matches the architecture, does it require any global changes in code or configuration?
  • Did I document my code well? Does anyone require additional information about my changes?
  • Did I clearly describe any discrepancies between specification and my implementation?
  • Did I inform testers about specific areas which should be double checked? Do the testers need any kind of help to perform the tests (i.e. scripts for generating specific data)?

Are you interested in learning more about:

  • Our favorite testing principles
  • How to make the most out of your QA
  • How to prevent errors
  • TDD (Test Driven Development)
  • and much more?

Read the full article on the Spryker Academy.


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