Difference between Desktop, Client Server And Web Application Testing

In general, software applications are being designed to function in different environments such as desktop, client-server, and web applications.

Desktop Client Server Web Application Testing

Before learning the difference between desktop, client-server and web application testing. I recommend you to learn Software Architecture: One-Tier, Two-Tier, Three Tier, N Tier

Desktop Application Testing:

Desktop applications run stand alone in a desktop or laptop computer. While testing a desktop application, we have to focus on a specific environment. Following testing types may be used to do desktop application testing.

  • Usability Testing
  • Functional Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Backend Testing

Some examples of desktop applications are MS-Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Corel Draw, Avast, etc.

Client-Server Application Testing:

In a client server application, the application is loaded on the server and the application exe is loaded on the client machine. While testing client-server application, we have to focus on both client and server machine.

Following testing types may be used to do desktop application testing.

  • GUI Testing
  • Functional Testing
  • Configuration testing
  • Compatibility testing
  • Interoperability testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Backend Testing

Some examples of client-server applications are FTP, E-mail, Web Browsers, Gateway, Microsoft.NET

Web Application Testing:

Web applications run in a web browser, rather than being installed on a user’s device. Web applications run on any device that can access the internet which includes desktop computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Web applications are easily scalable, support multiple browsers and devices, platform independent and reduces the cost.

By doing web application testing, we can make sure that our web-based application is functioning properly and can be accepted by real-time end users. A web application should go through a series of validations to ensure the functionality, usability, accessibility, compatibility, performance, and security of the application.

Rajkumar SM is a founder of SoftwareTestingMaterial. He is a certified Software Test Engineer by profession and blogger & youtuber by choice. He has an extensive experience in the field of Software Testing. He writes here about Software Testing which includes both Manual and Automation Testing. He loves to be with his wife and cute little kid 'Freedom'.

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