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A test or exam is an educational examination intended to gauge a test-taker’s comprehension, ability, aptitude, memory, learning speed, reading or writing ability, or understanding in other areas. There are several types of tests and they are usually separated by grades. Grades are usually given on a scale from “A” through “F”. Some of the most common types of tests are the verbal comprehension test, written test, science test, the mathematics tests, and aptitude test. Each type has its own set of instructions for how to take it and what the specific results might be.
Continuous Integration Testing is a process of integrating new and old tests so that the overall result is a better performance by each test taker. Components of Continuous Integration Testing include verification of information, improvement of the test tools used, and the use of performance monitoring devices such as test automation systems. The purpose of Continuous Integration Testing is to provide a test administrator with a means of gauging test implementation’s success or failure, in order to give users greater control over their projects. Continuous Integration Testing can be implemented with existing tests or, in the case of newer or higher quality test instruments, can be implemented with new test instruments as well.
Manual Testing: Manual testing is the process of testing items one at a time. As in all forms of testing, manual testing is not without its problems. However, it can be more problematic because there is more risk involved when the tester must rely on memory, guesswork, and other forms of in-the-field guesswork rather than a computer. Additionally, when the test contains a larger number of items, the results can take longer to analyze and can be harder to interpret. Manual testing can also be more time consuming and labor intensive.
Test automation: Automation is the process of producing test cases from programming code. Test automation greatly reduces the amount of human intervention in the test process, thereby increasing the overall test coverage and validity. There are many different test automation tools available today. Some of these include: Basecamp, Guard, SLM, Team Foundation Server, TestCafe, and Microsoft.
Test automation can greatly reduce manual testing, which can reduce the overall development cost. However, the benefits of automation testing do not stop there. Automation allows a test plan to be developed quickly that ensures the best testing process is implemented and eliminates waste in the test development process. Test automation allows for the creation of test cases that are automatically compiled, run through a series of checks to verify the requirements, and then return an appropriate result.
So which API Testing types should you use? There are multiple API’s, each with their own unique set of requirements. Therefore, when determining which type of API Testing you need to use, it’s important to consider both the risks involved in manual testing and the potential benefit you may see from automation testing. Once you have determined the best method to use, then you’ll have eliminated one of the biggest obstacles to test automation. Happy API Testing!