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The Collapse of Test Automation: Why Most Companies are Failing

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

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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-

The Rise of Espresso & XCUITest; The Fall of Appium?

The adoption of DevOps methodology  has increased and the need to release to production in shorter cycles is driving teams to accelerate process and embed early test automation. Teams operating in this release velocity need fast & reliable feedback for every code change to ensure app quality. Is this new process forcing teams to choose between automation frameworks? Espresso (Android) and XCUITest (iOS) are UI automation frameworks that fit very well with this new development

What to Look for When Selecting a Cross-Browser Testing Framework

With a plethora of testing solutions, whether commercial or open-source, some are selenium WebDriver based, some are proprietary, organizations are finding it hard to match the right tools for their cross-browser testing needs. Bryan Osterkamp, Lead Technical Architect, Dev and Ops Infrastructure Architecture Division at USAA, made a very nice analogy for this selection process referring this as an infrastructure as a freeway. “There are a few things about a freeway. For instance, once a freeway

Is your Agile #fakenews Without Continuous Testing?

Why Agile Teams Need Continuous Testing What is Continuous Testing and Why Is It Important to Agile? Before we explain why agile teams need continuous testing, let’s offer a definition. Continuous Testing has several meanings. But, when applied within the context of Agile, Continuous Testing refers to the practice that testing activities happen continuously throughout development rather than as a periodic activity or even worse a “stage” in the life of a project/release. As agile

Avoid The 5 Pitfalls of Automated Testing

The DevOps era is here, and with it comes the need for testing on many platforms-  mobile, desktop web, IoT, chatbots-  and many more.  With the current pace of innovation, it’s difficult for automated testing to keep up, whether for mobile, cross-browser, or desktop apps. Two or three years ago, organizations were releasing applications a few times a year; today, organizations are releasing a few times a week-  or even a few times a day!

Supersize Your Open Source Testing Tools: Hands-on Methods Using Protractor to Test Hybrid Apps

We love open source. Who doesn’t? Sadly, it sometimes has its limitations when implementing at the enterprise level. Lucky for us, Wim Selles, a passionate test automation engineer at deTesters, lends us the playbook on his tactical approach to using Protractor to help Rabobank perfect their hybrid app. Over the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the quantity and quality of open source software testing tools available to DevOps teams.  Any test

4 Keys to Better Test Automation Using Object Identification

In his section of The Digital Quality Handbook, Uzi Eilon gives a great overview of one of the keys to test automation:  proper object identification.  He shares his insights about how objects fit into a healthy test automation strategy and explains how the proper use of XPath expressions contribute to this strategy- something which is often overlooked by developers. The following are 4 key points taken from his explanation of techniques for object identification in

How to Size Your Mobile Device Lab

After gathering feedback from customers, we have found the main problem companies usually face when building and sustaining a mobile device lab is the size of their lab- matching the device list to their organization's requirements and sizing the lab accordingly. If the lab size is not accurate, improving test cycle velocity and overall quality will be difficult. In this post, we'll highlight one approach to sizing a mobile device lab based on specific requirements. To help with your

Running Android Espresso UI Tests in Parallel with Quantum on Perfecto Cloud

If you're an Android developer, you're probably familiar with Google's Espresso UI test automation framework. Espresso is more lightweight compared to UIAutomator and it’s newer. It supports 2.2 Froyo and up, and it’s also a fluent API with powerful hamcrest ( https://github.com/hamcrest ) integration that helps make code more readable and extensible. Espresso is useful for Hybrid app testing, or webview heavy testing, but it does not have access to system integration tests, therefore, it

How the “Digital Quality Handbook” Was Born

Travel back with me… to late September 2016. It’s the Jewish New Year, and I am in Boston, MA. As I celebrate the passing of another great year, I think to myself, “After being in the software quality space for nearly 20 years, isn’t it about time that I reach out to the community of thought leaders and influencers and create an asset that can fill a gap in the market that we can give

Test Automation for Windows 10 Surface

About Windows 10 Surface Windows 10 Surface machines are becoming popular laptops, so many enterprises are developing Windows applications for this platform. The default browser on these machines is Microsoft Edge, which has several form factors and can behave as a laptop or a tablet. In short, there’s a lot that’s new and different on these machines that can go wrong. Naturally, test automation is the appropriate direction for ensuring high quality of applications and

How to Handle Pop-ups and Out-of-Window-Artifacts When Web Testing

Out-of-window user interaction is fairly common these days with desktop websites. Popups can be used to grab users’ attention or to serve a specific function that one may not want to deliver in the body of the page, etc. Some examples include login popup, and the ability to save or refresh a password in the browser. Recently, HTML5 added common popups which request access to user location, microphone, and memory. The latter, for example, allows

Why You Should Think About Reporting Test Driven Development (RTDD)

Drive Faster Quality Analysis Through Tags and Customized Test Code Quality visibility is all about logic. It should be fast, easy and mostly effective – if the dashboard or report that you’re using gives you the right ‘hint’ of what is the next move – then you’re all set. When it comes to gaining fast and efficient quality analysis, these are usually the pains we hear:  Test executions - length as well as context-driven test

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Using Espresso for Fast and Reliable Feedback

Last week, we hosted a webinar on Espresso, the UI testing framework for Android native apps. As an introductory, it was great to see a mix of experiences and skill sets in the audience We chose this topic because we see many customers interested in using Espresso, migrating from other frameworks, and combining testing technologies to include more testing in every build cycle. Questions: Daniel: “What's your opinion about using UIAutomator with Espresso? It's a

Perfecto Boosts Team Collaboration with Digital Zoom™ Reporting Slack Integration

Communicating quality for your digital products across the organization is becoming a MUST. Having the ability to take data-driven decisions in real-time enables organizations to move faster and assure their customer digital experience. As activities are growing and teams become hybrid (as part of the move to agile workflows), it is hard to keep everyone on the same page. In most cases, team communications are increasingly noisy and overwhelmed by the large amount of data that

The Path to Agile Testing Through Sprint Planning

One of the key pillars of Agile is to drive effective interactions between the right individuals. We want to structure teams that are able to deliver value in a complex environment. Since we believe face-to-face interaction amongst co-located individuals is the best medium of communication, we strive to create co-located teams in which all participants are delivering value, especially for our tough features/initiatives, if not all of our work.   We believe in focusing development

Testing Functionality, Responsiveness and Rendering on Geico’s Responsive Website

Responsive web development requires detailed attention when incorporating testing practices; the same (hopefully) code is intended to render on many screen sizes and operating systems/versions. In addition, HTML5 functionality may assume access to local sensors to drive a richer and streamlined experience, for example, automatic location detection, further complicating the responsive web test strategy. The testing matrix becomes sizable, while the time-to-test shrinks from increasing competitive pressure and the transition to agile. In this article I'll

Adaptability Through Early Validation

Software teams aspire to work fast, adapt to their market’s needs, and to have a sense of pride in their work. Defects can crush those aspirations, which means they need to be addressed as early as possible. Testing as part of every build improves quality and velocity by reducing re-work through fast feedback on code changes, but there’s far more to it than automated testing. "Quality is more important than quantity, and in the end,

A Week of App Testing Day 3: Mobile Test Automation that Works

As a part of our weeklong series on “Getting Started with Mobile App Testing” today we look at mobile test automation, and specifically, automation that works. And that’s an important differentiator. When apps fail, close to 50% of developers site a lack of reliable automation as the primary reason (read the report). The pace of modern mobile development coupled with the variety of tests required to ensure delivery of a quality product have driven development

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5 Definitive Steps to Shift Left

Many organizations are adopting agile practices to speed up their development pace and release apps to production in shorter cycles. But in many cases, especially in large organizations, the continuous integration testing activity is still performed by a centralized QA team late in the development cycle. This makes it hard to thoroughly test the "true" digital experience, even if there is significant test automation in place, and still have enough time to fix issues before

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Up for a Challenge: Test Automation with Appium for #30daysofMobileTesting

In the spirit of #30daysofmobiletesting, (which you should check out if you haven't already) I recorded a cool test automation video to show you. The video checks off challenge number 8, "write automated checks with a tool like Espresso, Calabash or Appium." I did it with iOS and Android, so I guess that checks off number 10 also, which is "perform an update test on iOS or Android."  :) Day 8 Challenge: Test Automation with a tool like

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3 Ways to Make Mobile Manual Testing Less Painful

With 60% of the industry still functioning at 30% mobile test automation it's clear that manual testing is taking a major chunk of a testing team's time. As we acknowledge the need for both manual and automation testing, and without drilling down into the caveats of manual testing, let's understand how can teams can reduce the time it takes, and even transition to an automated approach to testing. 1. Manual and Automation Testing: Analyze Your Existing Test

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Why You’re Stuck at 30% Test Automation, And What to Do About It

Do you suffer from low test automation coverage for code or devices? Even skilled app development teams hit a wall when trying to improve their delivery speed and app quality. Swamped with an existing backlog of defects from the last release, development teams have no time to deal with broken automated tests, so they often disable the tests so they can move on. Good news though: resilient automated tests can help improve speed and quality.

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