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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

How Usage Based Insurance Apps are Shaking Up the Industry

Usage Based Insurance (UBI) is a trending field in the insurance industry.  From a consumer point of view, it is clear the majority do not want to pay high policy rates in order to cover drivers that are considered ‘dangerous’. According to recent research, awareness and demand for Usage Based Insurance (UBI) is on the rise. The main commercial challenge for carriers these days is to reach untapped opportunities to expand UBI into markets beyond

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

CA’s Agile Requirements Designer & Perfecto’s CQ Lab: A Match Made in Heaven

With the rapid pace of technology growth today, it’s no surprise that organizations are under constant pressure to deliver working software faster than ever before. But at what cost? What were once well thought out test cases are now giving way to loose requirements and software that is riddled with bugs. This is where CA's Agile Requirements Designer (ARD) is helping companies make exponential progress by providing a tool for end-to-end requirements gathering, which then

The Continuous Integration Legend

The importance of achieving continuous quality visibility during Continuous Integration is growing these days. Release cycles are getting more frequent, there is much more to test in order to meet today’s coverage metrics (Did anyone said “DIGITAL”?) and the number of test cases is also growing (service logic/mechanism is built to scale and requires us to test more components). Walking the Agile path, we are required to calibrate our efforts to stabilize everything during a

The 4 Keys To DevOps Efficiency

Whether you think you’re on the road to DevOps efficiency or not, that’s where the software industry is converging in 2017 and it is coming for you too. The good news is that you’re probably either already doing a number of DevOps-like things simply because they’re more efficient, and efficiency is a big sticker on every development organization’s bumper these days. Why Is Everyone Talking About DevOps Now? The conversation we now call DevOps started

iOS Packet Trace – Recording Network Traffic on Remote iOS Devices Using DevTunnel

Whether you’re a developer trying to debug your iOS app, or an individual in a product team running a CI job – recording the network traffic of the device while you’re debugging your application or while a test is running can bring great benefit to the process and to the end results. Dumped network traffic contains important information regarding your device’s network connection – from DNS request and response times to overall network latency and errors,

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

Definition of Done is Key to Releasing Better Apps

Do you know what’s in your definition of done? Do you have a shared understanding of what is needed by your team to scale DevOps? Do you know what your users expect before you call that feature complete? The Goal: Move Fast, Close Well At the heart of app development is the user story, a discrete statement of a goal. User stories translate to capabilities, features, and eventually code changes. When written clearly, these stories

Identifying Root Causes for Flaky UI Tests Through Automated Testing

As part of my research at Perfecto, I keep track of activities that customers use to improve the speed at which they deliver web and mobile apps through automated testing. My current role grants me visibility into aspects of the broader process of software delivery beyond that which a day job of coding, estimation, and standup meetings typically provides. I'm glad to share three key areas that help to improve velocity by driving quality into

Mobile Testing of Location-Powered Android Apps

Mobile Testing Background Have you ever been in a situation where you’re trying to hail a car service or find a nearby coffee shop and your phone location has you a few blocks away, and the circle covers a two miles radius? Understandably, it drives users nuts! This is why it's important to have mobile testing for your location-based app.   Figure 1: Location accuracy could impact where your driver would pick you up. Many

A Winning Recipe for Open Source Test Automation Frameworks

There’s no doubt that the bulk of software delivery today relies on test automation through open-source test frameworks. In a recent blog post, we highlighted some of the main differences around the leading frameworks such as Appium, Selenium, Calabash, Espresso and XCTest UI. As a quick summary, the key points that were identified as critical for success in adopting an open-source is to have these 3 robust ingredients supporting that framework: 24x7 available and elastic

3 Steps To Improving Build Quality Through Automated Testing

As you develop your app to meet new user expectations, your codebase grows larger and increasingly complex. Automated testing in CI helps to keep defect rate down, but how do you know that everything you’ve built works for all your users?  Escaped defects are the bane of development and product teams. UI testing can help you ensure that your new work doesn’t introduce more re-work later, but comes with its own set of challenges. Despite

Performance Testing in the Age of Agile and Digital Transformation

Performance Testing Has Evolved Performance testing does not resemble what it used to be, say, five years ago. When you examine the tools provided and their capabilities, they tell a story. Careful examination and tuning of the scalability, potential break points, and efficiency of backend services was the main objective. What changed? Here are a few pointers to get started: Digital transformation: The pivotal role played by mobile apps and web sites in the core

Top Challenges Your Mobile App Testing Will Face with Android O Release

Google has announced the availability of the initial developer preview release for its upcoming new major OS release – Android O (rumored to be named “Oreo”). While this is only a developer preview and some of the included features in it can change or be pulled out in the future, this should be a perfect time to assess the implications from a Dev perspective that such a release might have on your existing app quality,

3 Steps to Debug and Test Your iOS App in the Cloud

With less than 2 months until WWDC, there’s been no shortage of iOS platform changes since last year. We’ve seen 6 iOS updates since September, iPhone 4.x support retirement, and iOS 10 render tests written in frameworks like Appium unusable until months after release. Though the stability of the iOS development landscape has improved in the last year, Apple continues to change what it means to develop rich mobile experiences quickly and reliably. Without nimble

Debugging From Your IDE is Much Easier Now – It’s On the Cloud

Development teams today in many cases become THE business. More and more organizations build their business strategy on digital channels – Web, mobile and social. Although developers spend most of their day in their IDE, developing new code and debugging – in many cases, those few development teams are responsible for hundreds of millions in company revenue. To address business needs, development teams need to move fast and be more agile, they need to be

Perfecto TV: Brad Hart One-on-One on Agile and Fast Feedback

Brad Hart, Perfecto's VP of Product Management sits down with us for a Q&A session on achieving Agile with faster feedback in across the app dev cycle, in support of Yuval Yeret's  (AgileSparks) eBook, Best Practices for Expanding Quality into the Build Cycle which focuses on best practices for the Agile approach for software delivery.   Take a look, and please, let us know what you think. If you want to talk more about it, let

Helping a Dozen Developers Create Value at Developer Week 2017 Hackathon

In my role as Developer Advocate, I frequently get to help do something good for other people under the guise of doing “business”. At Developer Week 2017 in San Francisco, that meant providing developers an opportunity to win $2,000 cash while building open source tools that would help other people. Perfecto’s hackathon challenge was to build an analyzer for HAR files that provides insights into errors, performance, and content structure. They could use whatever languages

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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

Check Out the Latest in Web and Mobile Development Tools

Last week we introduced new web and mobile development tools that improve velocity within your SDLC, giving you more time to develop (and spend less time fixing bugs). "Just Let Me Code" was our battle cry as we debuted the tools at DeveloperWeek 2017 in San Francisco. Check out a demo of the latest and greatest - DevTunnel - to see how you can debug, validate and troubleshoot your web and mobile apps with real

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

Shifting Mobile App Quality into the Dev Build Cycles

There’s no doubt that quality is becoming a joint team responsibility, and with that in mind it is not enough for traditional QA engineers to develop and execute test automation post a successful build. Expectations around mobile application development teams are growing; they are on the hook to produce quality code. To do this, devs must try to include as many tests as they can in their build cycles for each code commit. Tests can

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