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Build in public: Creating a Quality SaaS Application
Welcome to our newsletter. This is the “build in public” series in which we share our product updates and some inside news.
Developing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application can be a complex process. With so many moving parts involved, it can be challenging to ensure that the final product is of high quality. One crucial aspect of creating a quality SaaS application is testing. In this post, we’ll discuss why testing is so important and how it can help you create a better SaaS application.
Importance of Testing
Testing is essential for creating a quality SaaS application. By testing your application, you can identify and fix bugs and other issues before they reach your customers. This not only improves the user experience but also helps to prevent costly downtime and frustrated customers.
There are several types of testing that you should consider when developing a SaaS application. We have included the following testing strategies in our application: unit testing, integration testing, and acceptance testing. Each of these testing types plays a unique role in ensuring that your application is of high quality.
Unit testing involves testing individual components of your application to ensure that they are working as expected. Each developer is tasked to test their own modules and showcase them working in a staging environment that gets created when a PR (pull request) gets created. We also focus a lot on the UI design testing and making sure it is pixel-perfect.
Integration testing involves testing how these components work together as a whole. When a feature is complete we perform integration testing that consists of the path that merges from the existing features into the newly built features.
Acceptance testing involves testing the application from the end user's perspective to ensure that it meets their needs and expectations. In our world, either Minal or I am the end-users and perform those testing. This testing is our end-to-end testing as well.
Role of Testing in CI/CD
Testing plays a crucial role in continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD). We have been heavily using CI/CD for all of our components including infrastructure.
In a CI/CD environment, testing is automated and integrated into the development process. This means that every time a code change is made, the application is automatically tested to ensure that it is still functioning correctly. This helps to catch issues early on in the development process, making it easier and less expensive to fix them.
Due to the pace at which we want to have a go-to-market MVP product we have not been completely focused on integrating testing in the CI/CD process. But we plan to start implementing this once we have the MVP release.
Creating a quality SaaS application requires a lot of hard work and attention to detail. Testing is a crucial part of this process and should not be overlooked. By testing your application regularly and thoroughly, you can ensure that it is of high quality, meets the needs of your customers, and is scalable and reliable.
In my 12+ years of consulting, I have learned that most companies either ignore testing or it gets outdated too fast. While we understand the pace at which we are building the MVP it becomes tough. We do realize that implementing automated testing is crucial for the stability of the product and thus we are committed to making that happen once we have a stable MVP. When we do implement it we will share more details on how we do it. 🙂
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