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Future-Proof Your Test Lab: Take the Guesswork Out Of Your Application Testing Strategy

Plan your digital application testing around expected market changes 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

Perfecto’s Proven Methodology for Cross-Platform Application Testing Success

f 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.

XCUITest – The Emerging iOS UI Test Automation Framework

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

The 3 Big C’s of Agile Development and Testing

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.

Mobile Testing on iPhoneX – What Developers Need to Know

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:

Will Your Mobile UX get Sacked by Bounce Rate Measurability in 2018?

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.

Increase Performance in Cross-Browser Testing with Zero Effort – Here’s How

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?

How To Use HAR Files To Find The Hidden Performance Bottlenecks In Your App

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.

The 2017 Recap & 2018 Forecast for Mobile, Web & IoT testing

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:

DevOps & the Birth of the Dev/Test Jedi

We have all been waiting and it’s finally here: Star Wars’ “The Last Jedi”.I promise to only use the new Star Wars movie theme (plus a few Epic events and moments from the Star Wars trilogy) to express my excitement and correlate a story from the DevOps Galaxy. As a huge Star Wars fan, it seems only natural that I am highly influenced by this brilliant trilogy but in many ways, the force awakens and the last Jedi feel like an easy comparison to where our industry is heading at the end of 2017.

Espresso UI testing is driving success for both Dev & QA

In the past year, we have seen a huge increase in the numbers of customers adopting the Espresso and XCUITest automation frameworks. There are many reasons we’re seeing this growth. Much of it can be attributed to the inexorable trend towards DevOps; these frameworks also successfully address some of the long-standing challenges for traditional test tools.

The next generation automation testing for video streaming apps by Perfecto & Accenture S3

How many times have you heard this phrase while watching a game on your phone: “Touchdown!!” (or GOAL!!) but all you can see is the loading dial? How about this: you are sitting on an airplane, trying to watch a video on the flight WiFi and it just stops or pauses constantly. Maybe you’ve tried to watch some home improvement or recipe video that was impossible to watch because it just kept stalling?

Don’t Fail When You Upscale: 5 Best Practices for Scaling Up Your Test Automation

More and more markets are moving towards digital channels as their main means of engaging with customers.  A majority of companies in North America and Europe have embraced the agile philosophy;  close behind and coming up fast is the move towards DevOps practices, which allow teams to release higher quality software at a faster pace.

Website and App Testing Fails: Don’t Let Black Friday Ruin the Biggest Day of the Year

Here we are again, another post about Black Friday. Why should you read this one? What is different about it? Well, for starters, I promise to be short. I also think you will find at least one useful fact to aid in your checklist of items to make sure your site and app don’t become a Black Friday horror story. Here are three common Black Friday pitfalls to be aware of: 1. Performance and User

iPhone X and iOS11: 5 Tips to Ensure Your App Works Well With Both

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone, Apple wanted to make a splash in 2017. On top of their traditional release schedule, they set out to offer their customers a new, premium experience with the iPhone X.  Along with iOS 11, they have introduced a raft of cool new tech and features; however, their frenetic release schedule has been accompanied by something we’re less used to from the masters of fit

Perfecto Automates Face ID Flows for iPhone X

Prior to the iPhone X launch, many people doubted the premise of leveraging face ID as the exclusive biometric authentication measure. Post launch, the Face ID feature is widely used, and Apple is planning to transition all future devices to this authentication method. For mobile brands, Face ID impacts user adoption and application usage tremendously. It streamlines key transactions in the user flow to a degree that was not possible before. Face ID can streamline

7 Plays to Handle Bug Fixes in Your DevOps Process to Change the Game

Bug handling in DevOps can be the make-it or break-it factor- because of this, I have gathered some of the best tips and practices to treat your bugs. 1. Triage Everything Investigate every bug to identify the root cause – there might be other bugs underneath Fixing bugs fast is essential for healthy automation, especially as part of today’s mature DevOps processes. That said, it is also important to make sure there is no other

Perfecto Announces First, In the Market Cloud Support for iPhone X

The day has come, and as expected, Apple has started selling its innovative new smartphone, The iPhone X. Without a doubt, it's a leap forward for Apple and a new price tag for this premium device. As reported in the media, there are some iPhone 8 customers who are already planning to switch to the new device- anticipation for this devices is indeed high. Starting now, Perfecto customers around the world can already start validating

The Collapse of Test Automation: Why Most Companies are Failing At It

There’s no doubt that most of the organizations across multiple verticals are aiming toward advanced agile practices, DevOps and continuous deployment. They don’t really have a choice, due to the digital transformation that forces more frequent releases and appealing functionality to continuously be released. Software Automation Reality The reality, however, shows that the industry stands today on average ~20% test automation (The Broken Promise of Test Automation). Source: WQR 2017-2018 There are common reasons that

The Essentials of a Responsive Web Test Plan

Key Pillars for Mobile and Web Platform Testing as Part of a RWD Project Various industry segments, are investing more and more engineering efforts to better engage with their audiences, regardless of their platform, environment or geography. Mobile native apps are great and are still a key digital enabler for these organizations, however, having a seamless digital platform that works seamlessly on any device, OS version and screen size and resolution is becoming de-facto in

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How Do You Test Automated Data Entry for Mobile Web Apps? A Tip We Gave to Our Customer

These days, many brands are finding new ways of streamlining the user experience in order to drive higher adoption rates, increased security, and user satisfaction. Onboard sensors offer a great alternative to tedious manual data entry; in many cases, this not only enhances and simplifies the user experience, but also can allow for the creation of new and compelling flows. Indeed, the successes which have followed the addition of fingerprint ID- and soon, face ID-

How Many Millennial Breakups Did WhatsApp Cause?

Imagine if that all-important message didn’t get through:  “Honey, I’m going to be late at work, don’t wait up!”  In 2017, Whatsapp rolled out an update for Windows Phone which had the unfortunate problem of not delivering certain messages. It’s easy to understand how the brand of a messaging app-  or, indeed, a previously great relationship- could be badly damaged by non-delivery of a few important messages. You might jump to the conclusion that because

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