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: “Systems [providing] automation of the software build
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
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.
If you make your living building or testing applications, there’s one question you can’t avoid: “With the market constantly changing, which platforms do I need to test against to make sure I’m not missing something important?” Enterprise app development teams need to ensure a great user experience (UX), and in order to deliver that experience, they must keep up with change; this is where Perfecto can be an invaluable partner. We continuously scan the market and map out specific tipping points that happen throughout the year: for example, when the latest major OS versions for iOS and Android become widely adopted.
Over the last year, there has been a growing trend of iOS development teams adopting XCUITest and additional frameworks built on top of the XCTest interface. Development teams have started to adopt XCUITest to get fast and reliable feedback. There are a few clear drivers to this growing adoption: Intuitive – Using XCUITest is quite intuitive for developers as it runs from within the XCode IDE Fast – Test execution against iOS devices is faster than any other UI test automation tool due to the framework architecture
In the age of Agile and Digital Transformation strategies, every brand is looking to set themselves apart. In order to excel strategically in the implementation of your digital transformation you need to be offering services to end users on their terms, on their devices, at their convenience, streamlining and differentiating features. On top of that, end users expect everything to look great, work perfectly…quickly. When choosing your digital transformation strategy, there are key tradeoffs to understand between what are seemingly conflicting agendas: getting features to market faster, increasing presence on users’ devices vs. maintaining high application quality.
Apple (again) reinvented the display with the introduction of the notch on iPhone X screens (soon on 3 more models, and likely, eventually, across the fleet). From a developer perspective, that innovation may not have been as popular. So much so, that Apple approved a ‘Notch Remover” app. The introduction of the notch made it confusing for app developers to know exactly how to develop the app. There is what’s called a “safe area” to develop that does not include the notch and as a result, some apps do indeed decide to stay inside the “safe area”, creating a somewhat ugly layout:
There are always new challenges in the mobile world and as mobile usage continues to dominate almost every business vertical (both native mobile-web), having a testing strategy that can be modified to incorporate new use cases and interfaces is crucial. Over the next few months I will dive into some of the hot topics and trends in the Digital sphere to look at the horizon. Today we will be talking about the Mobile UX and bounce rate.
Are you used to getting a certain amount of data from your testing practices? Did you know that today you can extract more data from your existing testing practice…with zero additional effort. This all plays into the shift left movement that delivers insight – earlier and easier. When thinking about shifting left, you should answer one of these questions: 1. What new insights can I gain earlier? 2. How easy is it to implement?
2018 is quickly becoming the year of DevOps and Continuous Testing. Some experts suggest that organizations that are moving towards DevOps should operate with the highest percentage of test automation and while this is a good suggestion, it takes more than just that to be successful in DevOps.
App performance can be a killer problem for any digital company, especially when the performance issues take too long to identify. What I have found by working with many of our customers is that the answer can be hiding in the HAR file data- which is why you should always check your HAR files.
2018 has officially arrived! Before we jump head first into the New Year, let’s review some of the most impactful events, trends and changes that took place this past year. When I reflect back, there are a few changes and challenges that stand out in the mobile, browser & IOT testing world. If you want to stay ahead of the ball (drop) in 2018, here are a few topics that took off this past year and are sure to continue in the upward trend for 2018: