Manual Testing

Desktop Applications Testing

07.29.2016

Desktop Applications Testing

Worldwide, there are approximately 300 million platforms running a Windows Operating System. Despite the rapid growth of mobile platforms, Windows applications, and the desktop applications that run on them, are still absolutely critical

What needs to be tested on Windows desktop applications

When testing desktop applications, there are a number of elements that should be testing during development.

GUI

GUI, or the Graphical User Interface, is the visual experience that users see when they use apps. Making sure that the user experience is bug-free, smooth, and easy to understand is a core component of desktop application testing.

Functionality

Every application should have one or more specific purposes, and testing that the core functionality for each of those purposes is a key component of the testing process.

Load

While desktop computers have substantially greater system resources than even just a few years ago, it’s still very important to understand the amount of load that an application will have, and how that fluctuates while performing different functions.

Databases and back end

The back end isn’t seen by users directly, but it is critical to the proper functioning of a desktop application. Testing the stability and efficiency of data transfers into a back end database ensures that the other three elements discussed above are working as efficiently as possible.

Tools and apps that can be used to for applications testing

There are a wide variety of tools and strategies for the various types of tests. Here are a few of the most common, and important, examples:

Debugging test

Performing a debugging test can save substantial time, effort, and hardship. There are a number of automated programs that can catch errors in the code without requiring the code to be completely recompiled. These debugging programs include both

Performance and reliability test

Performance and reliability tests are used to ensure that the application can handle the stresses it will be put under doing actual use. There are also benchmarks that are used to determine how reliable the application will be. Two examples of performance and reliability testing tools are the Application Verifier and the Windows Performance Toolkit.

UI test

There are two main types of UI tests. The first determines whether an application is meeting all standard accessibility requirements. An example of this type of tool is UI Automation Verify.

The other type of UI test offers detailed programmatic information that can be used by developers to update or adjust an application or an object. An example of this type of tool is UI Automation.

Many of UI scenarios can be automated using test automation. Automated test engineers usually would analyze test cases and create test scripts based on the scenarios in test cases.

Streamlining and efficiency test

The last type of common application test is a streamlining and efficiency test, including JavaScript debugging and general platform readiness. The Microsoft Platform Ready tools is one of the common tools used for this purpose.

Properly testing and verifying desktop applications is essential to providing the best possible user experience, and having a team that fully understands the ins and outs of testing is critical as well. SQA Solution is available for any additional questions or concerns. Simply contact CONTACT.

Sources: https://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

https://smartbear.com/product/testcomplete/desktop-module/overview/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_GUI_testing_tools

http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/difference-between-desktop-client-server-and-web-testing/

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/test-deploy/tools

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