Trends in Software Testing for 2015

Social Media Integration
I’ve been seeing more websites that offer the ability to sign in Facebook or Linkedin. Why? Because businesses want to take advantage of their users’ social networks and viral marketing. As a software tester I need to understand how this integration works and common places it fails.

Responsive Websites
Like everyone else, I’ve been going to websites more on my phone and tablet. I’m seeing fewer websites that render with tiny text. I’m seeing more websites that redistribute, resize and simplify based on the screen size. This is a much more pleasant user experience. In testing, this means testing on more screen sizes.

The Impact of HTML 5
HTML has a special place in my heart because it’s how I started building websites around the year 2000. More developers are using HTML 5 to make richer web experiences for their visitors.

The Impact of Fragmentation
It’s amazing to me how an app can be fine on one device and fail on another device running the same OS version. To get good testing coverage it’s wise to test on a collection of devices with different OS’s and by different manufacturers.

The Rise of Accessible Apps
As people age, they are using screenreader software to access websites and native apps. Voiceover and Talkback are standard screenreaders on iOS and Android devices. I’ve been learning what screen-readers read and what they commonly miss.

In short, complexity and tight schedules still cause bugs. User reviews of websites and apps is just a click away and impact reputations. Software testing remains important to smart companies.

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