Introduction to TestOps
TestOps is a rising technique to complete almost everyone’s dream of watching Development, Operations, and Quality Assurance work together to discover more valuable and time-efficient products in the market. With a new channel like TestOps, one can reduce the development and testing time and enhance its quality in less period and effort. At the CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) time, the testing strategy must change with TestOps to work accordingly with the Upgraded development and Integration. Let’s look at the TestOps working and Strategy to know more about it.
What is TestOps?
TestOps is the intellect to perform the primary QA job using DevOps actions to interact with the CI/CD working and build’ continuous testing. TestOps term comes with a combination of two well known and in use terms’ Test’ and ‘Operation.’ Where test explains the role of testing the product with every built to perform functional, Non-functional, performance and all other types of testing which is to be manually as well as automatically done for the products and operations is to manage the Infrastructure management, security & compliances, database admin, Network technician and other related tasks in the cycle.
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According to TestOps, the three teams Dev, Ops, and QA, work together to achieve rigorous CI/CD testing. Parts of working for the three teams smoothly with the TestOps technique will take different steps & approaches. After working continuously with Test automation, one can provide the full structure and result to clients about the Testing and product validation in TestOps to improve the working and process of QA, which is using Test automation frameworks effectively.
How does it work?
To understand the below figure, keep in mind that the three sections, continuous build, continuous validation, and continuous delivery, work together. The two Continuous builds and validation are part of SDLC (Systems development life cycle). Here, the Test data in TestOps for testing is collected from 3 different sources: exposure data, production systems, and test cases & monitors. This test data is necessary for the system, under test to Analyze the build’s performance.
TestOps focus on the below points-
- Test data preparation to use in System under test
- Testing, which can be manual and automated, consist of main testing types as-
- Integration Testing
- Automation Testing
- Security Testing
- ‘Transactional Testing’ to check the transactions’ deviation from the regular and standard transactions.
- Load testing for small builds and the whole system
- Reliability testing to check the peak of the system failure possibility
- CI/CD setup knowledge to check and resolve the issue while building deployment
Why it is Important?
As we are now working with manual and automation testing with different tools to make the testing process as fast as possible but to start testing in production, we need to take a step forward with TestOps.
- Previously testing does not involve the Docker packs, but with TestOps, engineers perform automated tests in Docker, collect results and do the analysis.
- The traditional testing cycle needs the fully developed module to test, but the TestOps work with all the builds updated daily over the production environment.
- Traditional testing is not enough to perform with CI/CD as the extra skills are required to acquire for Testing in CI/CD.
- TestOps encourages testing in production, which is not done in the Traditional testing cycle.
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What are the necessary skills required to work with TestOps?
Only normal Testing skills are not enough to work with TestOps. Here we will see some of the necessary skills you might good into work with TestOps-
- The requirement of operational activities such as configuration details, alarms, failures, networks, and much more.
- Testing functional skills will not work but non-functional, and tool knowledge is also essential.
- Collect good understanding and research of data sharing methods such as REST, WebSocket, and more.
- Operating systems knowledge and scripting over all the OS is essential.
- Understanding working with different Integration tools is mandatory, such as Jenkins, Bamboo, and more, to get the most output from the tests.
- Automation skills need to be over grilled to work in TestOps as it requires quick and fast testing.
What are the Tools TestOps?
As TestOps is the rising technique which takes time to come under use all over and a lot of more tools are going to come into existence in future-
Katalon TestOps (Beta)
Katalon TestOps is an emerging product to applies continuous test execution and analytics to integrate the products with better quality. This tool provides cloud-based services to test and integrate simultaneously. It also supports native CI as Bamboo, Jenkins, CircleCI, Azure DevOps to provide a wide range of options. Here are some insights into the tool
- TestOps Center: It provides a center to collect quality data from different sources and provide analytics for the project. It can also be used to get test execution key points integrated with other tools such as Jira and other tools.
- TestOps CI: It handles the test environments and the schedule of remote executions with tools like Jira.
- Vision TestOps: The TestOps vision is based on AI to detect the bugs of application and tools
- TestOps Reports: This handles and generates the reports of all types of test executions and changes to get an insight into the results.
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TestOps with DevOps
DevOps collaborates between Development and Operation to reduce the difference between the two. DevOps terms simplify and ease the deployment of high quality and complex code faster and easier. Normally DevOps cycle follows developing code steps, integrating binaries into Testing environments and test cases executed. Deploy after QA approval for the bug-free application. But with TestOps, the process changes and steps will be like.
- Continuous Build
- CI (Continuous Integration)
- Continuous Validation
TestOps is an excellent chance for QA in DevOps testing. If we talk about DevOps, then the quality check is complicated when working for automated pipelines, which increases the testing because the complicated applications have multiple checkpoints, interrelated services and, many more to get verified and validated for testing.
What are the Features of TestOps?
- At every build, the commit tester should be aware of what to test for that build.
- Fix every bug at the primitive level.
- Simple Integration with DevOps.
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Best Practices to be followed for TestOps
- Different tool integration knowledge with CI is essential for testing.
- More Test automation needs to be practiced for testing.
- Always Practice multi-layer testing.
- With all testing, take performance testing also in the Delivery cycle.
- Don’t waste important time on extra and unused executions.
- Do a strict use of Containerization.
- Track your execution matrix to get the latest result sets from the execution
To conclude about TestOps, there are no words because there’s a lot to know about TestOps now and in the future. TestOps is the rising technique for testers and a revolution in testing continuously by covering all end-points of Continuous Integration & development. To adopt testops, testers need to enhance their skill level for the testing concepts and the Integration and deployment of continuous builds. This methodology fastens the build validation and supports the testing in production.
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