Age testing is a software testing type in which the durability of the software is tested and more importantly, it is tested whether and how the software would behave in the future.
Age testing is performed to check whether the software can perform well in the future.
Age testing is necessary to know the durability of the software. Also with the help of this testing report, we would be able to take the necessary steps to update, modify and add new features to the software which can eventually help us to continue with the software without any interruption.
Age means, the time of sustainability of a system. Everything from living entity to non-living entity to a virtual entity such as softwares are prone to aging. As we know, due to aging either there is a lack of new functionality in the system or the existing software may be older enough to be used.
There are several problems with the aging of the software. Some are listed below:
This is one of the major concern, that whether the software will still support the systems or hardware or protocols which may be used in the future. When a particular software is developed, then the company invest in the software, and of course, does not want to see it obsolete after a few years.
Supportability can also disrepute the company if not handled with attention and efficiency. Supportability is hampered due to the aging of the software because technology is changing every day and the software must be able to cope up with all the changes.
The first and foremost concern for Age Testing should be the supportability of the software in the future.
When software is built, then all the security functions and encryption modules are created as per the network, protocols, algorithms, topologies, and hardware available at that time.
When this particular software is used for a longer period of time, new technologies come up and the software face challenges when new security threat has to be managed which was never known to the software at the time of its development.
Thus this is a big problem faced by the software due to aging.
Software is dependent on different libraries and packages. The libraries and packages which has to be updated from time to time as per requirements, may not be able to cope up with the existing software.
Therefore, this is also a big problem that the software needs to be updated as per the libraries and the packages which are becoming popular in the market.
A defect is anything which can be identified by abnormal functioning or malfunctioning of the software. However, when we speak about a defect, we see it in terms of the functional and non-functional defect.
Functional defects are those which are found in functional requirements of the software, on the other hand, defects on the non-functional properties in the software are called the non-functional defects of a software. Defects may occur in a different phase of software development.
Here, as we are speaking about the age of the software and testing is performed to check whether the software would perform well when it would cover an age. Also, we must understand that defects also have an age.
Let us see how a defect age is calculated:
For that, we have to understand first that what are the different phases that we are going to use in while;e developing the software. For example, let us consider a general example of the steps below: