Software testing is one of the most vital aspects of the overall software development lifecycle because delivering flawless solutions to the customers is not possible without it. When the software is developed and coded, sometimes it might not deliver the requisite functionality. Also, it’s important to ensure that the developed software solutions are capable of delivering optimum performance under heavier loads and are free from any bugs/problems, which can affect the normal functioning.
One of the important processes followed during software testing is “Bug Hunting”. Bug is the term used for any type of defect present in the software affecting its functionality or performance. The presence of any bug degrades the software’s quality and functionality.
Top Tricks for Successful Bug Hunting
Bugs can be removed by testing teams using different software testing strategies and test cases designed to locate the bugs. Bug Hunting can be difficult, but, here are the top tricks which can make it easier for you:
- Don’t Just Follow the Rules – Explore Beyond It
Making a 100% bug-free software is nearly impossible and that’s why you need result-oriented methodologies for locating the bugs in the software. This is why, software testing teams design diverse test cases. However, you might not always be able to achieve the desired outcome using the pre-designed test cases and proven test strategies. You must always be ready to explore beyond it and check out other possible and feasible scenarios to locate the bugs.
- Try Using Software in Different Ways
Instead of checking how the software is developed on the basis of its requirements, try quick attacks on it. For instance, you can try to leave the mandatory fields blank, type numbers where only alphabet-based filling is required or vice versa, and try to use the software in different ways to find out if something is wrong with its functionality and what happens when an error occurs.
- Study the Patterns
Often, the bugs reside in groups and each of these bugs/bug groups have the tendency to impact/affect the same functionality, feature, or aspect of the software. In such scenario, studying the past test ideas and regular monitoring of the bug-catching processes can help. The usual patterns sometimes lead to vital ideas for bug hunting.
- Follow a Thorough Bug-finding Process
Most often, after finding a few bugs we consider ourselves successful, but it’s important to understand that it is only the beginning. The presence of even a single bug indicates potholes in the software and is also an indication of the software’s instability. Thus, it’s important to thrash the software, cut down its resources, and feed it with unfeasible inputs in order to find out more harmful bugs.
- Don’t Hesitate to Take Help
Most of the times, we are only able to perform the bug hunting on the basis of the things we already know. Someone else’s experience in bug hunting and their domain knowledge can be quite helpful in enhancing the scope of your bug hunt. So, don’t hesitate to take help.
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