Why Cypress is used for QA Testing at Proshore

binaya dhungana qa engineer
Binaya Dhungana
QA Engineer

Cypress is a powerful testing tool for Quality Assurance (QA) engineers and developers using modern JavaScript frameworks including React, Angular, and Vue. It’s commonly used for both end-to-end and component testing.

One of its defining features is the ability to visualize data for both technical team members, such as developers – and non-technical users – like Product Owners (POs). Here’s how and why we use it at Proshore.

What is Cypress?

Cypress is a JavaScript-based testing framework for web applications. It’s a powerful QA tool that enables automated testing that can help improve the speed, quality, and reliability of testing. Cypress is a tool that makes it easy and efficient for QA engineers to write and run automated test scripts. 

Cypress provides fast and reliable testing results. It’s used to help teams identify and address bugs and other issues – as part of the continuous development and improvement cycle. Features include automatic waiting, time travel debugging, and real-time reloads. 

Why is Cypress used?

Once a developer starts implementing or establishing a folder structure in JavaScript, this will be automatically shared with Cypress. So it’s simple to implement Cypress as part of continuous improvement and continuous delivery (CI/CD). 

The great thing about Cypress is that it automatically generates videos and screenshots of errors for non-technical team members, like the Product Owner (PO). This helps them to understand what’s going on in the system, what’s been tested, and what hasn’t been tested yet.

Cypress provides a two-way view of errors, recording video, and taking screenshots of the user’s actions at the frontend, alongside the code. It puts both technical and non-technical viewpoints side by side to make error detection and resolution easier.

How Cypress supports QA testing

Cypress supports QA testing as part of the software development process. Here’s how: 

  • A simple setup process allows QA engineers to quickly get started. The syntax makes it easy to write and understand test scripts.
  • Fast test execution takes place at the same level as the application being tested. This gives QA teams fast feedback on an application’s behavior.
  • Automatic waiting means it waits for elements to become interactive, eliminating the need for explicit waits and sleeps in test scripts. 
  • Intelligent retries are carried out on failed commands until they pass, enhancing test stability and reliability.
  • Real-time reloading and instant feedback in response to actions taken during test execution. Testers can make adjustments in real-time, reducing debugging time.
  • Comprehensive debugging and error handling allows testers to inspect the application’s state at any point in time, taking screenshots and videos of test failures.
  • Robust built-in assertions and utilities make it easy to write meaningful and expressive tests. Document Object Model (DOM) manipulation and APIs, simplify the interaction with elements during test execution.
  • Seamless integration with CI/CD pipelines makes it simple to incorporate Cypress into the CI/CD pipeline to enable automated testing and deployment workflows.
  • An active and supportive community ensures continuous improvement, frequent updates, and resources, including plugins, extensions, and example projects.

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7 business benefits to using Cypress

By definition, anything that improves the speed and efficiency of QA testing adds value to the entire software development process. Here are 7 business benefits: 

  1. Faster testing: Cypress offers fast test execution times and a straightforward setup process, allowing QA teams to run tests quickly and efficiently. This leads to faster feedback, and therefore faster bug detection and resolution.
  1. Cost savings: QA engineers can create and execute tests more efficiently, reducing the time and effort required for manual testing. This, in turn, can lower overall testing costs and increase productivity.
  1. Increased test coverage: QA teams can easily create and execute a wide range of tests, including end-to-end, integration, and UI. Comprehensive test coverage helps testers to identify and address issues across different layers, leading to improved quality and reliability.
  1. Enhanced product quality: By automating the testing process, Cypress helps testers to detect issues earlier in the development cycle. Problems are identified and resolved much faster to ensure product quality. 
  1. Accelerated time-to-market: Faster feedback and prompt action to address errors reduce the time needed for bug fixes and overall development iterations. This helps companies deliver products to market faster.
  1. Reliable regression testing: Cypress’s framework for regression testing ensures that existing functionalities continue to work as expected after each software update or code change. This helps prevent regression issues and ensures the stability of the application over time.
  1. Improved collaboration and communication: Cypress has a user-friendly interface and intuitive syntax, making it easier for developers and QA engineers to collaborate. Clear and descriptive test scripts can be shared among team members, promoting better communication and alignment between development and testing teams.

Quality coding from Proshore

Co-located in the Netherlands and Nepal, we provide ‘ready-to-code development teams’ to companies looking for a cost-effective way to increase their software development capacity. 

Our solutions cover everything from a single developer to entire teams, including highly-skilled developers, Scrum Masters, and QA engineers.

Our model of CI/CD incorporates robust QA practices – and Cypress – to ensure our clients get high-quality web applications. 

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