Web application development cycles are unique to every organization. In the end, these applications are meant to respond to requests from users that are accepted through a simple interface on a standard browser. We know that e-commerce companies depend heavily on web applications for their revenue but there are also other things that an application can do besides just product display and selection.
GSM Plus Infotech is a leading information technology company that undertakes top-quality web development services in USA. We create simple yet advanced web applications that can accomplish some of the most complex tasks with absolute ease. While we operate with an internal web application process there are also other vital elements in the development cycle that we focus on.
Uses and advantages of web applications
Graphical display of reports, data collation and analysis, workforce education, product estimates, notifications, product information, etc. are just some of the uses of a web application. Prominent advantages would be zero installation costs, data centralization, easy upgrades and updates, vast coverage, direct access, online training, etc., to name a few.
Every web application development process comes with a few deliberated steps such as information gathering, planning, design, assembly, coding, testing and review, launch and maintenance. While most of these steps can be theoretically covered, web testing is the only part of the web development cycle that remains critical in the process. This stage can actually make or break an application.
Web application testing
As mentioned before, testing a web application is paramount because it certifies whether an application goes live or not. It is only when they developers test their software thoroughly for acceptance that they will emerge victorious in the market. Testing involves several aspects.
* GUI testing validates whether the interface is according to specifications.
* Functional testing checks for any broken links and validates HTML or XHTML, whichever may be the case.
* Compatibility testing is done for checking if the application is compatible with several operating systems such as Linux, Windows, Mac, Solaris, etc. Even browser compliances are checked.
* Another very important facet is web application security testing.
The importance of web application security testing
Generally, security testing is not perceived as a significant part of the development cycle because it is assumed that most of the fixes are already implemented during GUI and functional testing. But what web developers fail to understand is that there are always some malicious attackers that are either trying to steal data or destroy it. These are always waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
That is why it is always important to undertake web application security testing before deployment in order to authorize access and maintain confidentiality, improve authentication and prevent repudiation of an action.