The process for checking for problems from new software is complex during the design phase for the software and also during the final problem detection stages because the codes for the software must be carefully designed to avoid problems.
If you are familiar with the codes for some computer programming languages, then you could quickly recognize some of the potential software problems.
A software engineer uses several precautions when he or she is writing the codes, but there can be some undetected problems, such as compatibility problems from the formats for the input data and the output data.
Benefits from the Testing Procedures for Software
There are several benefits from using special software to check for problems from new software. You can efficiently evaluate the quality of the new software and would have an opportunity for quickly resolving a problem.
The problems could be discovered before those problems could affect the business operations of your client.
Seven simple stages for detecting a problem can be evaluated when you are checking for problems from new software:
- Stage 1: Problems from recognition of the input data format.
- Stage 2: Problems from error messages caused by input data.
- Stage 3: Problems from input data.
- Stage 4: Problems from the processing sequence for input data.
- Stage 5: Problems from error messages caused by the processing sequence for input data.
- Stage 6: Problems from inaccurate results from input data.
- Stage 7: Problems from error messages caused by inaccurate results from input data.
Problems from Recognition of the Input Data Format
The new software must be designed to recognize the data format, such as from the software for the keyboard for a computer, which could generate the characters for symbols, numbers, and letters with different fonts in plain text or rich text format.
If the software cannot recognize the input data, then the software should generate an error message about the problems from the input data. The error message would help the software engineer to identify the problem as a code problem and not as a frozen computer screen.
Problems from Input Data
The problems from input data can be quickly reported with the procedures for test automation, which can be designed to check for several problems, such as for functional problems and for compatibility problems.
The new software should be tested in a computer system that has a system environment that is similar to the system environment for the computer system of your client. The input data should be recognized and accurately processed by the software, which can be evaluated for quality by test automation.
Problems from the Processing Sequence for Input Data
If some input data cannot be completely processed by the new software, such as causing a sudden hesitation for the software, then the software engineer must check the software to find the problem.
The problem could be caused by an invalid format for the output data, which may not be compatible with the format for the input data. There are several problems with software that must be controlled by a software engineer.
Problems from Inaccurate Output Data
The type of problems from the output data from new software can be an important indicator about which codes for the software are causing the problems.
A simple example of a similar type of problem is the problem that a user can experience when trying to use the scan-and-copy command for a device to copy and then paste some web page content. Some of the web page content may not be copied and then pasted by the copy-and-paste software on the computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Importance of the Error Messages from Software
The error messages from software can help a software engineer to quickly identify a problem, such as incorrect symbols in the messages from websites.
There are several problems from the arrowhead-style symbols for the less than symbol and the greater than symbol, which can be changed into three-character codes after a message has been sent from a message field on a web page. The error messages are important for advising a software engineer about a problem with the software.
Verify the Quality of New Software
The problems from new software could cause a computer system to shut down and could also cause other serious problems, such as compatibility problems, in the computer system. If there is a problem, the new software is usually uninstalled from the computer system before a user reboots a device, such as a computer.
There is a serious problem if the computer has a black screen and will not turn on to facilitate the process for rebooting the computer. The problems from new software could eventually require some repair services from a computer technician.