Software quality addressed the conformance to explicitly stated functional and performance requirements, documented standards, and implicit characteristics.
Software quality assurance (SQA) intends of monitoring the software engineering processes and methods that ensure quality from the end-user perspective. There are several different methods by which this is accomplished, and may include controlling conformance to one or more standards, such as ISO 9000 or a model such as CMMI. Software quality assurance covers the entire software development process, which includes processes such as requirements analysis, software design, coding, code reviews, source code control/ software configuration management, software testing, release management, and product integration. Quality assurance is organized into activities, goals, commitments, measurements, and verifications.
Software Quality factors
- Correctness – does it do what I want?
- Efficiency – will it run at a desirable speed on my hardware to achieve the business objective?
- Reliability – does it do it accurately under different conditions over a period of time?
- Usability – is it designed for the end user?
- Portability – will I be able to use it on another machine?
- Reusability – will I be able to reuse some of the software?
- Interoperability – will I be able to interface it with another system?
The main objective of software quality assurance is to control the products, processes and procedures used to produce and sustain the software conform to all software requirements and standards specified to govern those products, processes and procedures. A secondary objective of software quality assurance is to ensure that the software-intensive systems we develop are more secure.
Software quality assurance constitutes administrative and procedural activities enforced in a software quality system so that requirements and goals for a product, service or activity will be fulfilled. It is the systematic measurement, monitoring of processes, comparison with a standard and an associated feedback loop that confers error prevention. This can be contrasted with quality control, which is focused on process output.
Two principles included in software quality assurance are: “Fit for purpose” (the product should be desirable for the aimed purpose); and “right first time” (errors should be eliminated)
Desirable quality is determined by product end-users or customers. It is not linked to cost, and descriptors or adjectives such as “poor” and “high” are not applicable. For example, a product having low priced may be viewed as having high quality because it is disposable, whereas another product may be viewed as having poor quality because it is not disposable.
Mobile Application Testing
Mobile Application Testing is a process by which software application developed for mobile devices is tested for its functionality, usability and consistency. Mobile application testing can be automated or manual type of testing.
Erroneous operation of the mobile application (iPhone apps, blackberry apps, android apps,) which is the backbone of a business could result in enormous loss of time & productivity along with user frustration, as have a significant financial impact. The quality and reliability of mobile applications being developed, is now becoming the absolute key consideration for majority of the businesses
Major Challenges in Mobile Application Testing
- Variety of Mobile Devices
- Diversity in Mobile Platforms/Operating Systems
- Mobile network operators
- Mobile network operators
Types of Mobile Application Testing
- Functional Testing
- Performance Testing
- Memory Leakage Testing
- Interrupt Testing
- Usability testing
- Certification Testing
Some Testing tools that are being used to test code quality for mobile applications are as follows:
- Android Lint – This is integrated with Eclipse IDE for Android and point out potential bugs or performance problems (http://developer.android.com/tools/help/lint.html)
- Maveryx – Maveryx for Android is an automated testing tool for regression, functional, GUI, and data-driven testing of Android mobile application (http://www.maveryx.com)
- Clang Static Analyzer – An open source tool for running static analysis for iPhone code (http://clang-analyzer.llvm.org/)
- Analyze code from XCode – done during compile time (http://matthewmorey.com/automatic-static-analysis/)
Why Milend SQA?
Milend’s dedicated Software Quality Assurance (SQA) practice offers a full spectrum of testing services to organizations creating software products and business applications on different platforms. Milend QA delivers a combination of state-of-the-art testing technologies and frameworks along with solid technical competence. Our SQA team has expertise in diverse testing types, including functional, performance, reliability and maintainability, enabling us to deliver genuinely comprehensive Software Quality Assurance service.
Milend Software QA Services includes
- Acceptance Testing
- Black Box Testing (input/output driven testing)
- Bottom-up Testing
- Build Acceptance Testing
- Configuration/Platform Testing
- Environment Testing
- Failure Analysis Testing
- Functionality Testing
- Load Testing
- Memory Testing
- Multi-User Simultaneous Access Testing
- “Out of Box” Testing
- Performance Testing
- Prototype Testing
- Regression Testing
- Reliability Testing
- Security Testing