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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Options for Efficient Mobile Testing

By focusing on test design, analyzing test requirements and optimizing the approach to testing, it’s possible to maximize mobile test automation cost effectively.

By John Kane, Sr. Program Manger

In a previous article we outlined the importance of understanding the mobile ecosystem and test design for planning and executing mobile testing. The focus of this article is about efficient mobile test execution and test coverage maximization. 

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LogiGear Magazine – September 2013 – Mobile Testing

LogiGear Magazine – September 2013 – Mobile Testing

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Finally, Three Ways to Automate iOS Testing

iOS culture, even in many large organizations with skilled engineers, is behind on up-to-date testing practices.

By Brad Heintz, James Paolantonio and Aaron Schildkrout, HowAboutWe

Agile development has long been all the rage; indeed, in most modern development shops the great agile methodologies are old hat. If you come from a software background like Ruby on Rails, Python, or certain Java niches, you may–until recently–have experienced a small jolt of culture shock when encountering the deep obstacles that agile development practices faced on the iOS platform.

This article outlines our experience using TDD to build HowAboutWe Dating for iPad and iPhone. We’ll describe the stack of tools we use for testing and continuous integration and how we use them to speed the delivery of quality software. 

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Testing Mobile Apps: QA Can Make or Break Project‘s Success

To ensure the success of an app, QA must be involved in all stages of development.

By Tatyana Mahlaeva, A1QA

Quality Assurance (QA) plays a vital role in the development of mobile applications, but many overlook the critical nature of this piece of the app development process.

To ensure the success of an app, QA must be involved in all stages of development, from creating the concept, analyzing requirements and wishes, creating test specifications, testing early versions of the app, releasing the finished product, to the post-development review process.

Preparatory phase

This phase begins after app development has been commissioned and is complete before the first assembly of a functioning app begins.

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Tap into Mobile Application Testing

By David Greenlees

Here’s some good news: Jonathan Kohl has a new book out titled Tap Into Mobile Application Testing. This is a Leanpub release and is still in Beta, but the beauty of buying through Leanpub – you get all the author updates as they make them!  However I will be keeping an eye out for the print-on-demand service in early 2013, because I love ‘real’ books and what an awesome cover!

What an amazing amount of detail in one book. As I was reading it, the test ideas were jumping out of the page; so much so that I wanted a mobile application project to test. I could dazzle the project team with all of ‘my’ wonderful test ideas (while referring to the book at the same time). Don’t worry Jonathan, I would give you credit…eventually.

I like the way the book is structured – the order of chapters maintain a great flow through the entire process of testing mobile applications and devices. From the introduction to mobile technology, through to performance and security. The book will be a definite reference point for me if developing a strategy for mobile application testing in the future!

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Eight Lessons in Mobile Usability Testing

Mobile is no longer an area that a few UX people specialize in, and we need to start designing and testing everything for smartphones and tablets as well as computers.

By Tania Lang, Peak Usability

If you’re new to mobile usability testing, fear not. It is not as hard as you might think but there are some key differences from testing a traditional website in a lab that you need to be aware of.

Over the past year I have done everything from testing a quit-smoking app with a woman whilst she breastfed her five-week-old on her sofa to testing a mobile car insurance website in a lab. I’ve conducted mobile usability testing with no recording technology out in the field as well as testing using a mobile sled system with webcams that feed into Morae usability test software.

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Beta Testing Mobile Apps, How to Get it Right

Steps that will enable you to identify the weaknesses of your new app, its vulnerabilities and strengths.

By Virtual City

So you’ve just finished developing a nifty, customisable app that can help farmers track their produce from source to market via their mobile phone. You’re elated and want to get started marketing it right away. Not to burst you bubble, but are you 100% sure that the app actually works across all mobile platforms and is scalable affordably?

As a developer, the foremost thought that should linger at the back of your mind is not whether the app is cool;  yes, it solves a real need for farmers, especially those in rural areas who have no idea whether they are getting real value from their produce sales. But a question you should have an asnwer to is: will the app be received well be the public, the consumers of the applications – consumers in your case being the agribusiness stakeholders for example? Whether it will fly off the app store shelves or stare back at the creator with a one star rating, is something you ought to find out prior to launch phase. 

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In the News – September 2013

New Report on Global Software Testing Market

MarketResearchReports.Biz recently released a report on the state of global software testing market. The report predicts that the Global Software Testing Services market will continue to grow steadily at a combined average growth rate of 5.41 percent over the next three years.

The key factors the report cited as contributing to market growth are the reduction in operation time and cost. Other contributing factors are the increased demand for testing as a number of organizations are embedding testing into the software development process as part of the adoption of the independent Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi) as cited in a report by Experimentus. 

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Letter From the Editor – September 2013

As fast as Mobile is growing, the platform is still immature and is evolving at a very rapid pace.

While there are whole countries that have migrated large government services to mobile, countries ranging from Estonia to Turkey to Kenya have many longtime mobile users have yet to use mPay or other mobile payment systems. Users are still maturing in their trust, reliance and comfort managing their lives on mobile devices. 

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Glossary: Mobile Testing

Some Mobile Device Input Methods

Swipe/Swype:

An action taken on a device’s screen that involves translational movement of touch points. A swipe recognizer makes an instantaneous decision as to whether the user’s touches moved linearly in the required direction.

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