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
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:
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?
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,