Leveraging Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing in Application Development

Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing Explained

Oct 17, 2022

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Sudip Sengupta

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Software testing is a crucial phase of a software development life cycle that helps evaluate whether the application meets the expected requirements. A common approach is examining the software’s behavior and artifacts through component verification and validation. As an interdisciplinary application development field, testing relies on manual and automated tools to evaluate and document the risks associated with software implementation.

While there are various approaches to product-based testing, two such techniques include destructive and non-destructive testing, which follow contrarian methods to test for flaws and vulnerabilities. Destructive testing causes a component of the application to fail uncontrollably, allowing security experts to gauge the software’s robustness and identify the points of failure. The non-destructive testing technique, also known as positive or happy path testing, involves engaging with the application per the intended workflow and producing the desired output to ensure the software works as expected.

In this article, we discuss how destructive and non-destructive testing approaches work in application development and how they differ from each other.

What is Destructive Testing in Application Development?

Destructive testing is a discipline of systems engineering that checks the functionality of an application by trying to fail its application code. Destructive testing examines unpredictable user behavior within the software, which further helps uncover failure points

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