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Tools for Seamless Blockchain Application Testing

By Insurance CIO Outlook | Friday, October 12, 2018

Blockchain is widely being adopted across most of the prominent industries. By its unique design, blockchain works based on a decentralized technology, eliminating the risks that could occur with centralization of data. Testing is a critical part to know and understand the nature of blockchain and its application supports. The effective testing of blockchain applications enables and provides opportunities to better understand the emerging technology and how it could create an impact in the coming days.

Moreover, blockchain does not allow any deletions or updates and as it is a decentralized data structure that exists at many locations at a time. Due to the advanced security features, blockchain technology is being implemented across a large number of financial and automotive organizations. Furthermore, it drives the need for continuous integration and deployment as critical elements for development teams.

To discover the effective utilization of blockchain, different types of tests can be performed at various stages in the software development process. Testing a blockchain application not only ensures its quality but also effectively maximizes the test coverage. This process can also minimize the risks that are associated with inadequate knowledge that could impact the software development process. However, the ultimate aim with these sophisticated testing processes are to ensure complete test coverage and achieve quality for blockchain applications. As there are a variety of testing techniques today, it is important to choose the right tools for each organizations or customer’s specific testing needs.

Take a look at some of the widely adopted tools for testing blockchain.

BitcoinJ: Based on the Java framework, BitcoinJ is developed for Bitcoin-based apps that allow seamless interaction with the real BTC network and various testing activities. A complete download of the standard BTC Core files from Bitcoin.com is not required to harness the potential of this application. Being an open network, the user can even approach a user forum in for any further clarification or are facing hiccups in the testing process.

Ethereum Tester: Similar to the open source Github repo, Etherium Tester is an open-source testing library. The application comes with an easy and manageable API support for various testing requirements.

Populus: It has the testing functionality of Ethereum embedded in the form of a set of features for test contract deployment. Populus is developed around the py.test framework, making it relatively easy to implement.

Embark: Is one of the widely used testing frameworks that focuses on developing decentralized applications (dApps) that run on various systems or nodes. The application is developed with integrations with Ethereum blockchain, IPFS, and a decentralized communication platforms such as Whisper and Orbit.

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