A Testing Strategy For Blockchain-Based Solutions

Researchers have explored blockchain technology for healthcare, financial services, intellectual property protection, and other areas. Gartner has predicted, by 2023 blockchain technology will support the movement and tracking of $2 trillion worth of goods and services each year. Modern enterprises are investing in blockchain as an additional layer of security in their software products. Thus, this decision greatly affects the way these applications need to be tested. Thus, it is important to hire a software testing company that has expertise and experience to test blockchain technology.

Software testing ensures strong data security, smooth app performance, and excellent user experience. Testers use basic similar standards for all kinds of software apps. But it appears to be that there are some similarities to build a testing strategy for blockchain-based solutions.

Test Planning

When a firm starts adding blockchain features to its software products, it is evident that running tests are not the best option while doing so. Chances are high that too many things can negatively affect the test outcomes. For instance, some of the most important aspects of development include the way teams handle the source code and what environments they use during the project. When they ignore all these aspects, it can be difficult or impossible to improve these issues later in the product development lifecycle. Thus, it is crucial to plan a testing strategy before beginning the software development process. This is how firms can ensure the quality of their final software app and limit their time on testing it. 

Understanding the Product

When a software testing company begins their testing with a complete understanding of their project’s characteristics, it means they are heading in the right direction. For example, to test apps built on Ethereum will probably have some common grounds when testing Bitcoin-based solutions. This is why software testing experts should master the basics of blockchain technology and be familiar with the particular platform before beginning any tests.

Similarly, blockchains are often used as part of more complex solutions. Thus, to plan tests for such products, extensive knowledge of tools and technologies from outside the blockchain domain. Most of today’s block-chain based apps use application programming interface (APIs), so it is important to learn the basics of API testing. The following can also be helpful for testers:

  • CI and CD tools and processes
  • Blockchain-specific tools and frameworks
  • Standard monitoring systems and tools

Planning blockchain-based tests in detail can also help QA teams in eliminating hidden and unobvious obstacles. For instance, when testers need to build and test several product components simultaneously, they should take into account all the dependencies between these components. It will make their job easier and also improve the overall development process speed and quality.

Although blockchain technology is complex, yet it is necessary to expand the scope of its necessary tests. This is why planning a test strategy is important for a software testing company. The more well-prepared a strategy is the greater the chances of improving software quality.

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