It’s no secret that the majority of organizations struggle with implementing continuous testing (CT) strategies. In fact, one of the biggest stumbling blocks for implementing DevOps is the lack of CT. To help organizations harness the power of CT, earlier this year, we released our book – Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals – combining CT insights from the best and brightest in the industry. We cover everything from the fundamentals of CT to the
Plato wrote that “necessity is the mother of invention.” This still holds true today as developers, engineers and testers need their ever-growing test cases to be automated. They need to be testing every day, multiple times a day with a variety of tests: smoke, regression, functional, user acceptance, etc. Because of the sheer volume of test cases and device permutations, a DIY lab just can’t handle the load and, as a consequence, more organizations
This week, we’re celebrating being named open-source quality assurance and testing services vendor of the year at the QA Vector Awards 2018 for our work with Rabobank. There is no shortage of honors for the IT industry, but as the only awards dedicated to software quality assurance, testing and delivery at banks, the QA Vector Awards highlight some the most important QA challenges for financial services organizations, and helps show how they can be overcome. Our win recognizes the innovation and excellence of Perfecto’s continuous testing suite and its crucial role in helping Rabobank meet the quality assurance needs which came with an ambitious digital transformation project.
If you’ve been following the meteoric rise of Snapchat since 2012 - or their subsequent drop-off after their app overhaul - you’ve seen a young, disruptive company experience some growing pains. A leaked 6000-word, internal memo from its CEO, Evan Spiegel, offers some frank and straightforward insights into difficulties which were caused by the company’s app redesign. According to TechCrunch, a humble Spiegel admitted to impatient strategic moves. Perhaps taking a page out of
It's September and that means that Apple has released its latest, next-generation platform: iOS12. Perfecto is pleased to announce support for testing and developing on iOS12 (GA, or General Availability) using its cloud-based testing platform in utilizing Appium and XCUITest. Based on last year’s adoption of iOS11, we should expect similar (or slightly faster) adoption of iOS12(see below), - which means around 40-50% of users will upgrade within the first month. iOS12 also introduces new devices, which means greater market fragmentation, and as a result – testing device lab updates will be more complex. Beyond innovation with iOS12, Apple's aim is to provide better stability and performance to its users. Many iOS users will remember the instability and issues that have arisen over the past 2-3 years with major iOS releases(any readers recall the battery-draining fiasco last year?). In planning your upcoming app releases, make sure to budget time/resources in anticipation of similar release glitches and unexpected OS quality issues.
Exciting things are happening here at Perfecto! Today we announced the upcoming release of our second book, Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals. Debuting next week at Jenkins World | DevOps World, and spearheaded by Perfecto’s own Eran Kinsbruner, we collaborated with the best and brightest in the industry to provide in-depth guidance on implementing and sustaining continuous testing (CT) across the DevOps pipeline, how to address testing challenges, and offered insight into preparing for the future of testing. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.
The CT recipe: people, process, technology No matter where you work, you're probably already using some type of agile method. However, recent research has shown that maturing from agile to DevOps is easier said than done. It turns out that one of the biggest stumbling blocks for implementing DevOps is the lack of Continuous Testing (CT). Without CT, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery simply can't work. Given that a large majority of organizations are struggling with their CT strategies, we thought it would be a good idea to step back, take a deep breath, and demystify the process of creating successful CT by offering a few high-level best practices to follow.
Fragmented Android OS Landscape Creates Challenges for App Developers Perfecto today announced fully testing capabilities for Android 9 Pie. Perfecto customers can immediately test the newest release from Google across the Perfecto Continuous Quality Lab. What’s New in Android Pie Released yesterday, Android Pie introduces a new gesture-based “swipe” system interface similar to the iPhone X, a new dashboard to track usage — again much like the Apple screen time feature, an adaptive battery feature
When planning for a continuous testing strategy, leadership should have a comprehensive plan for all teams and individuals. The more you tailor each of these aspects to fit your organization, the more likely you are to succeed in your continuous testing efforts. 1. Number of projects and their type (mobile, web, responsive web, progressive web, etc.) Do you have parallel development teams? A team for native, web/mobile? A team to maintain test code? WIth the never ending number of device and browser permutations, there’s a lot of code to maintain just to keep your current features and user experience functioning properly across all platforms.
Continuous Testing is a phrase used a lot these days, but what does it mean? On the surface, one definition could be “test all the time” - but that doesn’t really quite cover it. If you were to ask a developer, a QA engineer, or a CIO, you might get somewhat different definitions based on their particular perspective. The gurus at Gartner describe it as:
In a recent webinar, Perfecto CTO Uzi Eilon and I took a look at some of the issues related to PWA testing; we offered a full testing strategy consisting of 6 pillars: Validate PWA Manifest, Validate PWA Service Workers, Validate PWA Specific Capabilities, Properly Test Across Platforms (Responsive Web Design), Object Identification Strategy, Google's PWA Checklist Compliance
PWAs provide a fresh (& lean) start for major brands apps It seems as if development teams have taken the new rebirth/relaunch of PWAs (finally iOS 11.3!!!) as an opportune time to start with a fresh, clean slate. In fact, all 7 apps on our list actually got a jump before iOS/Safari had PWA support and are now well-positioned and realizing real benefits in user experience with their PWAs. What these companies seem to have in common is taking this (PWA) opportunity to use create the lowest bandwidth, friendliest-to-2G, fastest possible performing app without all the feature/code bloat evolution that can happen when you’ve been building off the same codebase for 10 years.
Part I: The Fundamentals A brief history Progressive Web Applications. They’re a hot topic these days, yet it seems like we’ve been hearing about them for years. And we have. In fact, the first high profile mention of the concept came from none other than Steve Jobs at Macworld 2007. “The full Safari engine is inside of iPhone. And so, you can write amazing Web 2.0 and Ajax apps that look exactly and behave exactly like apps on the iPhone. And these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. ”
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How do you keep track of all the moving parts of Continuous Testing? Source Code, Test Scripts, logs, visuals, and other artifacts are created and collected during the all-encompassing processes of Continuous Testing throughout the DevOps pipeline. The amount of test data and number of artifacts are constantly growing and at the same time require traceability. We at Perfecto, see digital enterprises asking a key, fundamental question: How do we optimize testing activities in order to identify and fix issues as early as possible in the SDLC?
Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed the growing need to make all types of applications – web and mobile – accessible to everyone: “We’ve always viewed accessibility as a human right, and just like human rights are for everyone, we want our products to be accessible to everyone.” ~Tim Cook Websites frequently have been targets of disability discrimination and, unfortunately, this trend is making its way into the domain of mobile applications. [
OK, it’s not exactly a corporate doomsday scenario. Still, a recent story from the BBC is a perfect illustration of why testing real-world scenarios needs to be a part of your testing strategy. The sample size might be too small to draw any definitive conclusions about humanity but, if this group is any indication, you might want to keep an extra eye on your 11-year-old. So, what happened? In a nutshell, some students (aged 5-15 years old) were given a standardized spelling test - on their laptops - online. Have you guessed where this is headed? Well, it appears that some of the students in primary 7 (roughly 6th grade for us Americans) were touched by the light of inspiration. They turned on their online spell checkers.
Why is Tricentis creating a cloud execution partner program? Tricentis’ customers are doing mobile testing in various ways – they do full mobile automation and exploratory testing, some of them prefer simulators or emulators while others want to use real devices. They also can be divided based on the location of devices – some prefer to have them locally, while others want to use device cloud of their choice. Tricentis wants to fulfill all that
FaceID, TouchID, location, camera, and conversational interfaces are offered on such a wide array of devices that it’s enough to make a testing professional dizzy. There’s a constant question buzzing in our testing minds: which device supports which feature?
If you aren’t already talking to your watch, your car, or your smartphone, you will be soon. Users love interacting with services and content on their own devices, at their convenience and on their terms- doing so in a more “human” way frees them inconvenient and tedious text entry. Voice interfaces can make commutes more productive, let you quickly find a TV show, or find great recipes without having to juggle a keyboard and mouse with messy baking hands. As a result of this trend, brands are adopting conversational interfaces as a key element of their digital strategy, expanding their presence beyond web browsers and native mobile applications. Ally Bank, for example, already offers a set of “Alexa skills”, including balance checking, money transfers, recent transactions, etc. The growth in developing Alexa skills has been remarkable; they are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous tool.
More Upgrades Than You Can Shake a Stick At Don’t be fooled by the version number. Appium 1.8 is a major release and it packs the new features to prove it. If you use Appium and you haven’t already upgraded, you’re going to want to. Our own Eran Kinsbruner hosted a webinar with Jonathan Lipps, Appium project lead and founder of Cloud Grey, to give us the low-down on this awesome new release.
If you thought web innovation would slow down or end in 2018, we are delighted to tell you that you are wrong. There is a new cross-browser testing framework being adopted in the community. Gauge, a framework sponsored by ThoughtWorks has begun to make noise in a community dominated by Cucumber framework and Selenium
Since Perfecto is sponsoring and attending the annual Appium 2018 conference today, it’s a great time to take a look at some pros and cons, how it stacks up against the competing tools and what might be around the corner. Benefits of Appium What’s great about Appium: Is has a strong active open source community Appium is by far the leading open-source test framework for cross-platform(mobile) native test automation (iOS, Android) solutions Appium is consistently backed by a large, very dynamic community, with steady support, commits etc.
Continuous testing is one of the keys to the DevOps kingdom. Your pipeline needs to move fast to keep up with ever-shrinking release schedules but you can’t afford to sacrifice quality- or UX- in the name of speed. The solution? During each stage of development, Development teams need to balance testing every scenario against the amount of time needed to generate meaningful test results.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, or if you work in DevOps, you’ve probably already spent a fair amount of time considering which devices you need in your lab. Testing on the right platforms is key to ensuring a great experience for your users. However, in the scramble to make sure your lab is up to date today, you might overlook another critical component of a successful testing strategy: planning. Planning for future changes in the market makes the difference between success today and ongoing success.