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Feature Friday - Learn How You Can Reuse Functional API Tests and Increase Efficiency

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July 1, 2022

As the days become that much longer and the sun shines that much brighter, working can become that much more difficult. Efficiency can slowly fade into simplicity and we find ourselves more lost in the beauty of Chicago than immersed in the weekly workflow. But as we all know, efficiency is important, especially within the QA and development lifecycle. This week’s Feature Friday covers reusability, a common trope throughout the Qyrus platform. This week’s Feature Friday is brought to you by Anush and Adhi who will be discussing the simplicity and efficiency behind Qyrus’ ability to reuse functional API tests for performance testing.  

Tell us more about the reusability of functional API tests for performance testing offered by Qyrus, and its use cases. 

Anush:
Qyrus provides the ability to reuse the same test scripts without the need to change any attributes, data, or values. This helps the customer understand how their application performs when there is a high load number of customers using the application.  

Adhi:
Exactly, save time and increase efficiency as this feature helps you to use the same test script from functional testing and use it to conduct performance testing. Use cases are comprehensive including anytime a customer wants to check if their application can respond and recover from a large load. Within minutes, take all functional tests, import them into performance testing, and see how well your APIs perform as you increase the number of concurrent users.  

Small features are developed every day to simplify the testing lifecycle, but it is always important to cover the highest level of testing. The question at hand is, does this feature stand to impact the testing process?

What is the overall impact this feature has on the testing process? 

Anush:
Well, you get to do both functional and performance on the same script without having to set up infrastructure, write code or analyze the pattern. This saves both time and resources making a direct and positive impact on the testing process.

Adhi:
Instead of having to rebuild the same script multiple times, you can simply import and execute using already established tests within the same service. As an overall impact the feature is both simple to use and integral to the testing and QA lifecycle.  

Less work is always important, but what is even more important is understanding who this feature is for and how this technology can make an impact on the day-to-day work for those using it. There are plenty of personas across QA teams, how exactly will this feature impact each individual niche and what is the value of that impact? 

How might this reusability feature help testers, developers, and business technologists? What value can this feature bring?  

Anush:
As a tester, you are the primary one building these scripts. This feature is aimed to help testers save time and energy, while providing valuable data on API performance. Testers can generate a huge load and check response and execution times accordingly. Quick and simple access to this data enables testers to be more effective and efficient. This, in turn, makes their lives easier.  

Adhi:
Developers use the tool in a similar fashion to understand the performance and establish the functionality of their overall application. Furthermore, as a developer would be able to already utilize previously created API tests, there is minimal additional effort required to setup. The feature provides detailed reports on the API performance including both response time and status codes for each thread accessing the resource.  

Anush:
And as these visual reports are built into viewable graphs and charts, business analysts can get back to their expertise and analyze functionality without the required knowledge of functional API testing, performance analysis, and charting. Simply run the execution and view already populated visual reports for swift and simple testing.

Does the same or similar functionality exist without Qyrus, and how do competitors address similar problems? 

Adhi:
Before test reusability, the answer was simple. If you wanted to run a performance test you would have to build out the test. But as requirements grow, performance testing can become an overwhelming and often overlooked task leaving releases and applications vulnerable. Qyrus addresses this issue by placing performance testing one click away from functional. With quick imports and all located within one SaaS service.

Anush:
Though other competitors do offer performance testing, the purely codeless, import ready, functional to performance testing feature is an offering unique to Qyrus. This enables users to test more and be better prepared, whilst also simplifying and streamlining the testing and QA process.

How do you see this feature impacting day-to-day operations across organizations?

Anush:
The reusability aspect of this feature alongside the simplicity of importing and speed to results make it an outlier in terms of impact. An impact that isn’t as grandiose as other features, this feature’s impact is seen on the day-to-day level.

Adhi:
Exactly, placing performance testing a click or two away allows for comprehensive testing. Furthermore, placing it simply one button away allows for more consistent performance testing.

As we welcome picnics, the beachfront, and the warm summer breeze, it’s always important to both consider and also simplify our daily requirements. This feature is built to do exactly that by combining performance testing and functional testing, ultimately enabling a more efficient and robust testing process. That’s all for this week’s Feature Friday! As quickly as summer has started, it’ll end before we know it; go out and enjoy it while you can! Happy Friday!

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Authors

Adhiraj Pathak
Adhiraj Pathak
Senior Consultant, Qyrus
Anush B.M.
Anush B.M.
Platform Manager, Qyrus
Suraj Patel
Suraj Patel
Sales Engineer, Qyrus

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