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Strategies for testing continuous integration and continuous delivery/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines


Many companies leverage continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) to quickly deploy high-quality products.

Today, DevOps teams leverage the CI/CD Pipeline approach to rapidly develop applications, updates, and patches. However, developing a CI/CD pipeline can be a complex task and can be a challenge without an effective automation strategy and tools. It is crucial to test continuous integration and continuous delivery approaches to reduce bugs and ensure that the application serves its purpose. Here are some ways to run continuous tests in CI/CD pipelines to ensure DevOps efficiency:

DevOps needs to evaluate Application Programming Interface (API)

Companies around the world are focusing on APIs to create more value in their business processes. As APIs provide streamlined communication between enterprise-wide applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), systems, and other tools. They are considered restful or soap-based terminals that allow universal interaction as long as all parties are in agreement. DevOps teams must ensure that the contract remains consistent and delivers the desired results. There are many tools on the market that CIOs can consider integrating into the CI/CD pipeline that runs API tests directly from the pipeline. These tools allow companies to verify that APIs are behaving as expected during the software development and deployment process.

Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) Testing Approach

Similar to an application programming interface, the GUI streamlines the application delivery process. If the GUI components do not perform as expected and DevOps does not recognize this before the application is delivered, the user’s access to applications of its various features will be restricted. After deployment, it can be difficult to troubleshoot issues because these issues remain hidden in individual environments. Designing an effective GUI test suite that assists customers and browsers will allow DevOps teams to identify the error before the deployment stage. Robust graphical user interface frameworks will help developers simulate potential user clicks in their systems to perform a series of actions and gather expected results into actual results.

Integrating best-in-class GUI tools will allow companies to embed testing into the automated application release cycle to ensure the CI/CD pipeline runs as expected.

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Non-functional tests

CIOs should consider building DevOps teams to effectively handle unplanned outages. Businesses today need robust CI/CD pipelines to stay functional even during unexpected traffic spikes. Non-functional testing allows companies to run broad subcategories of testing approaches that understand how the application behaves in external and controllable environments. Like load, stress, volume and unplanned interruptions. There are more chances of problems with non-functional areas during the development phase of the application. Network disruption and other environmental triggers in the data center will cause traffic to spike. If the CI/CD pipeline is not able to handle the substantial increase in traffic, it could lead to unnecessary crises. Such events can have a disastrous impact on businesses, from which it will be difficult to recover. Integrating non-functional testing into the CI/CD pipeline will allow companies to prepare for unexpected events by predicting how the application might perform during traffic spikes and unexpected outages.

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