A microservices architecture is a variant of the service-oriented architecture (SOA) architectural style that structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services. In her article “Automated Testing Strategy for a Microservices Architecture”, Emily Bache explains how you could transform your test automation approach when you switch from a monolith architecture to a microservices architecture.
Shift Left Testing is the name applied to the Agile concept to shift the software testing activities from the end of the software development life cycle to its beginning, or on the left of life cycle diagrams. In his article “Four Types of Shift Left Testing”, Donald Firesmith of the Software Engineering Institute discusses the importance of shift left testing and defines four different approaches to implement shift left testing.
Code coverage measures the degree to which the source code of a program is tested by a particular test suite. This metrics is often difficult to understand and interpret for software development teams. In this article, Eran Sher proposes a better approach to code coverage that is more adapted to the current situation of continuous delivery and service architecture.
In software test automation like in programming, the creation phase is always the easier. Then the application is delivered and starts his “maintenance” life, sometimes being tagged with the infamous “legacy” adjective. During this period the code evolve and so should be maintained. This is the same for the code that automate the software testing activity. In his article, Gojko Adzic proposes five ways to reduce the cost of large test suites.