When customers seek seamless regression testing for better software development across multiple browsers or devices, BrowserStack's end-to-end approach to automated test requirements also helps deliver an integrated CI/CD pipeline.

As Lytho's SDET manager Sowmya Sridharamurthy explains, choosing BrowserStack to drive cross-browser, cross-device testing delivers several key benefits to software development teams.

"The most challenging part of any agile testing team is achieving seamless regression tests. The challenge gets multifold when cross-browser and cross-device come into play," she says.

"Naturally, now more than ever, development teams are considering scaling their automation test stack."

BrowserStack offers several "golden nuggets" increasing the value of software testing by reducing the time needed -- not least by reducing the need for cumbersome manual handling and the chance that a human eye might miss something, overlooking bugs and issues.

Automation that's integrated within the CI/CD pipeline can trigger regressions automatically whenever there is a code merge or pull request. But when higher numbers of software tests are added regularly to a small suite, the build time increases -- and so does the pain.

Top tips for speedy testing

However, with BrowserStack, several best practices can be adopted that mitigate the challenge, reducing clicks, page loads, and excessive time leaks.

Use API calls to login into the application skipping the UI interaction as a whole, says Sridharamurthy.

"Get an understanding of the login security scenario and try to pass all the relevant parameters as a backend call to gain access."

Secondly, arrest more consent banners, by placing required cookies before the page-load. Identify the right cookie to be set and the test goes directly to the application.

In addition, automating test flows demands some attention. For example, instead of trying to reach a specific page by clicking through the navigation links, load the URL directly -- thereby reducing clicks, page loads and more.

Use underlying APIs in preparation, instead of investing time in setting up the required condition. Once the system is prepped, carry out the payment through backend API calls -- bypassing the third party UI -- to avoid external waiting.

Sridharamurthy also says that parallelisation can be leveraged for its fullest potential, enabling automated tests to be individually executable, completely independent of other tests. Also, avoid dynamic sections of the UI or animations on screen wherever possible, she adds.

BrowserStack -- available through QBS -- enables customers to test their websites for cross-browser compatibility on real browsers, with instant access to multiple platforms.

Key features include local and remote device test accuracy and support for test dev environments and more than 700 desktop browsers, including in the cloud. Contact QBS today to learn more.

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