Performance testing and cross-browser testing are crucial for ensuring that your application is reliable and performs well for all users, regardless of their device or browser. However, these types of testing can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. In this blog, we’ll share how AITest can help you streamline these processes and achieve significant value realization for your organization.
How aiTest was born?
aiTest was born out of a real-life problem faced by a payment gateway company in Pune, India. The company was handling thousands of transactions per day, and one day, without any changes to the code, the app suddenly started failing. More than 5-8% of transactions failed daily, resulting in a loss of thousands of dollars per hour.
The dev and QA teams were unable to identify the cause of the problem, and that’s when they called on our team for help. We had our own deployment automation solution. We tweaked that to create aiTest. aiTest simulated 50-70 different browsers, each with a different version, and ran a selenium test simulating an e-commerce transaction. This revealed that the payment gateway issue was caused by Chrome v40, which had been released by google with a security fix. The fix required developers to make adjustments to their code. Google had given a 1-year advance notice on this one. However, the payment gateway company had not made this change, and as a result, all payments were failing on Chrome v40.
Many user mobiles had auto-updated their browser versions. Hence, even though there was no code change from the development teams, the app has stopped working because the environment had changed.
This experience led to the creation of aiTest, which helped many other clients after that. Simulating users via browsers on the cloud was different than using tools like JMeter. aiTest’s goal was to make it easier for businesses to get a REAL LIFE ENVIRONMENT, although a simulated one. This helps identify and solve problems like the one faced by the payment gateway company, ensuring the smooth functioning of their apps and minimizing the risk of financial losses.
What are Shift-Left Testing and Cross-Browser Testing?
Shift-left testing is an approach where testing is done closer to the development phase, rather than later in the release cycle. The idea is that if defects are found early in the development process, they will be easier and less costly to fix. Research has shown that fixing a defect during the early development phase can cost as little as $25 while fixing it after release can cost up to $7,600.
Cross-browser testing, on the other hand, involves testing an application on multiple browsers to ensure that it works correctly for all users. According to Global Stats, the top six most used browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Samsung, and Microsoft Edge. It’s important to test on these browsers, as well as any others that may be relevant for your users, to ensure that your application
There are several challenges that people face when releasing apps due to inadequate cross-browser testing. These include:
- Compatibility issues: Apps may not function properly or display correctly on different browser versions or platforms, leading to user frustration and abandonment of the app.
- Performance issues: Apps may experience slow loading times or other performance issues on certain browsers or devices, leading to a poor user experience.
- Security vulnerabilities: Apps may be vulnerable to security threats or exploits on certain browsers, which can compromise user data and damage the reputation of the app.
- User experience: Without cross-browser testing, apps may not provide a seamless and consistent user experience across different browsers and devices, leading to a lack of user satisfaction.
- Development time and cost: Fixing issues that arise due to inadequate cross-browser testing can be time-consuming and costly, leading to delays in the release of the app and higher development costs.
The best way to use aiTest is to integrate it into your CI/CD pipelines.
How to integrate AITest into CI/CD pipeline?
Integrating AITest into your CI/CD pipeline allows you to automate the testing process, ensuring that your code is always tested before being deployed. There are a few steps you can follow to integrate AITest into your pipeline:
- Get your AITest API key: You will need to get an API key from AITest to use their services in your pipeline. You can do this by creating an account with AITest and generating a new API key from the account settings.
- Set up your pipeline: Depending on the tools you are using for your CI/CD pipeline (such as Jenkins or Azure DevOps), you will need to set up a new job or stage in your pipeline to run your tests with AITest.
- Install the AITest plugin: If you are using Jenkins, you will need to install the AITest Jenkins plugin to allow Jenkins to communicate with the AITest API. If you are using a different tool, you may need to install a different integration.
- Configure your pipeline to run AITest: Once you have the AITest plugin or integration set up, you can configure your pipeline to run AITest as part of the testing process. This may involve specifying the API key, selecting the tests you want to run, and specifying any other options or parameters.
By following these steps, you can easily integrate AITest into your CI/CD pipeline and automate the testing process for your code.
Why aiTest is used widely in Fintech?
Fintech companies are releasing more mobile apps nowadays. Hence it’s important for them to quickly and easily test their applications for performance and cross-browser compatibility. By integrating AITest into their CI/CD pipeline, fintech companies and mobile app developers can ensure that their products are ready for release and will function properly on a wide range of devices and browsers. This can help to reduce the risk of defects and improve the overall user experience, leading to higher customer satisfaction and retention. Additionally, AITest can help fintech companies and mobile app developers to optimize the performance of their products, ensuring that they operate smoothly and efficiently even under heavy load.
What if you don’t have automated tests?
This can be a problem. If you don’t have any automated tests, you are clearly spending a huge amount of money on testing, and not getting the required covered. Or speed.
Hire an automated test developer. This can help in getting at least 20% of core tests covered for a wide range of devices at high speed. Each application has that core 20% area which is key to its success. At a minimum, that 20% portion will protect quality for 80% of your key customers.
Using ChatGPT to accelerate test case generation
chatGPT and aiTest form a golden combination. Create tests faster-using chatGPT and put them into aiTest to make sure every release henceforth covers those tests. We have released a few videos on how to use chatGPT for generated selenium tests as well as unit tests.
World is moving faster with ai tools. There is no point in getting left behind. Use good tools effectively, quickly, and fail fast to provide feedback loops into these tools. So that your journey to quality becomes smooth as early as possible.