Maven Component Management Brings QA Automation to Life

Author, Chris Riley

Author, Chris Riley

 

 

The DevOps movement in Quality Assurance (QA) commands efficient component management with the quality and velocity to keep up with agile enterprise development. The responsibility of these critical processes in the software development lifecycle has shifted away from the already-overwhelmed QA police to frontend developers having to perform version controls, validation and security testing of application components developed faster than QA teams can handle.

Bringing these tasks back to the QA prompts advanced QA skills sets, capabilities and automation tools to enable Agile operations as part of the DevOps movement, where Ops and QA continue to lag behind the faster and more Agile Devs.

The Maven component management platform creates an overlap between the QA and Dev processes by simplifying the build process and allowing developers to comprehend the complete state of development efforts as QA leverages automated tools to test and validate application components along the same high rate of development. The resulting efficiencies spanning from development to release are aligned with the following DevOps goals.

Streamline the Build Process

The system creates a simple project setup to enable DevOps teams to follow best practices in eliminating the ramp up time on new projects or modules. While understanding of the underlying mechanism remains necessary, Maven enables superior dependency management by automating dependency closures and updates to a centralized repository in creating a robust backend.

Uniform Build System

Maven component management also allows DevOps teams to follow project object modeling techniques with a set of add-on tools shared across multiple projects within a uniform build system. This creates standard processes with clear specifications on building, testing and validating each component of the application. With this approach, QA teams can also manage releases of validated and tested components based on certain tags and publish it to specified distribution locations.

Quality Project Information

DevOps teams struggle to collaborate due to lack of useful information in Agile development and QA of multiple application components simultaneously. Maven creates change log documents directly from the centralized repository based on cross referenced sources and sends unit test reports to mailing lists in real-time. With this information, QA teams can test source codes separately even within a parallel source tree as test cases do not require multiple, customized builds. Continuous and real-time insights into the state of component quality with every development iteration allows QA teams to consistently support test planning and execution.

Tools to Empower the QA Police

Understaffed QA departments can leverage a set of tools to automate testing and unlock true value of continuous integration and deployment. Source Labs for instance, speeds up test cycles and boosts capacity without the hassle of managing the infrastructure. AppiTools enables groundbreaking automation for UI layout, content and appearance validation. Selenium automates Web applications to save valuable time on manual web-based administration tasks, such as creating robust browser-based regression models and distributing scripts across multiple environments. These cloud based testing solutions also eliminate the overhead of internal structure.

Without these capabilities, the QA police requires additional personnel and skills sets to manually test application components. Frontend developers tend to share the responsibilities of these component management processes, performing limited testing and version controls while issues persist and come back to haunt them later in the development lifecycle and prevent continuous integration.

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Chris Riley

DevOps Analyst @fixateio. Helping the enterprise embrace modern software delivery. Regular contributor to DevOps.com and other industry wbeinars and forums. @hoardinginfo
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