Mabl Adds Beta of Desktop Continuous Testing Tool

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Mabl today announced availability of a beta version of a desktop tool for creating tests that can be applied to browsers and application programming interfaces (APIs) using a low-code tool.

Dan Belcher, co-founder of Mabl, said the goal is to make it simpler to streamline testing processes as responsibility for application quality assurance (QA) continues to shift left within the context of a DevOps workflow.

Mabl provides a low-code tool for testing desktop and mobile browser applications, alongside the APIs they invoke, using an Electron tool that generates tests in a way that eliminates the need to write scripts. Previously available only via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, Belcher said the desktop platform will make it simpler for developers to test code as they develop it on a local machine.

Developers using the desktop tool can now also manage and run tests instantly via command line interface, versus having to completely exit from a project to invoke a separate testing tool, Belcher said.

The Mabl testing tools are already integrated with multiple continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platforms, such as Bitbucket and Bamboo, as well as the GitHub repository.

In the longer term, Belcher said it is clear organizations will need to involve more developers in QA testing, as the rate at which applications are being built and deployed continues to increase. Testing teams, on their own, can no longer keep pace with the rate of change, Belcher noted.

The challenge is achieving that goal in a way that creates the least amount of friction possible, Belcher added. The Mabl platform and desktop application make it feasible for developers to test both web and mobile applications without taking too much time away from developing application code, said Belcher.

Testing has become a major DevOps issue because, as developers assume more responsibility for applications after they have been deployed in a production environment, they naturally want to vet applications more thoroughly. Issues that arise after an application is deployed simply result in less time available to write new code. There will always be issues that need to be addressed, but the more of them that are resolved as part of a QA process integrated within a DevOps workflow, the more productive an application development team will be.

Unfortunately, testing is often given short shrift; it primarily occurs at the back end of the application development life cycle. Developers are typically behind schedule, so there is a natural tendency to reduce the amount of time allocated to testing in the hope of making an application delivery deadline. The vicious cycle that ensues is that, inevitably, there are more bugs to fix after an application has been deployed, simply because not enough testing was done during the original development cycle.

Of course, some development teams have become conditioned to fixing bugs as part of an agile development process that, too often, encourages them to push known issues off to the next sprint. The trouble is, in the absence of continuous testing, it’s not long before all those known bugs start to pile up. It’s not uncommon for applications to be riddled with bugs that development teams – with mixed success – attempt to address all at once. The earlier those issues are addressed, the less stress there will be later for all concerned.

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