non-functional testing

Even if an application’s functionality is certainly vital, what often makes it stand out is how it acts in different situations. Non-Functional Testing is the area in which this difference is found.

Non-functional testing: What is it?

The fundamental focus of Non-Functional Testing is on the “how” of an application rather than the “what”. It looks at the functionality, dependability, performance, and other qualitative aspects that go into making an application effective overall.

Functional testing

Different Non-Functional Testing Types:

  1. Performance testing: Evaluates how stable and responsive an application is in various scenarios. Testing the system’s performance under predicted peak loads is known as load testing. System’s robustness is evaluated through stress testing, which goes beyond regular operation.
  2. Usability testing: It verifies how intuitive and user-friendly the program is. Testing for accessibility ensures that users  with disabilities can utilize the program. Testing for localization and globalization verifies that the program works properly in various locales and tongues.
  3. Security Testing: Finding security holes and vulnerabilities is done through security testing. Testing for potential vulnerabilities is known as penetration testing. Testing for authorization and authentication ensures that access controls are operating as intended.
  4. Testing for Availability and Reliability: Evaluates the software’s uptime and resilience to errors.
  5. Compatibility Testing: Compatibility testing verifies that the program runs properly on various hardware, operating systems, and web browsers.

Top Techniques:

  1. Set Specific Benchmarks: Make sure that every kind of non-functional test has quantifiable metrics.
  2. Iterative Testing: Non-functional characteristics may change as software develops. Testing frequently helps detect decline early.
  3. Use Specialized Tools: Various tests call for various instruments. For example, utilize Burp Suite for security assessments and LoadRunner for performance testing.

Why Non-Functional Testing Is Important?

  1. Improved User Experience: By making sure that the program is dependable, quick, and easy to use.
  2. Business Continuity: Guarantees that the program works and stays accessible in a variety of scenarios.
  3. Reputation management: A company’s reputation can be damaged by security lapses or subpar work.

Final Takeaways: 

Non-functional testing is essential to making sure software not only does what it was designed to do, but also does so in a way that pleases users and adheres to strict quality standards. With today’s fiercely competitive software market, non-functional testing is  an absolute necessity.

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