With this open-source test automation framework, testing became much easier, but some challenges still remain. While web and desktop applications are quite stable regarding testing, unfortunately, we can’t say the same about the testing of mobile applications. That’s why I decided to create this brief Appium tutorial to help you minimize the number of mistakes and make the testing process more quality and fast.
According to the World Quality Report 2016-2017, up to 48% of the surveyed pointed out they are lacking the right process or method to test mobile apps. The research states that in 2016 the situation became even sharper than it was in 2015 as statistics are getting 20% higher. The other issues the QA industry faces are associated with a lack of the in-house test environment, scarcity of time to test and an insufficient pool of test experts available. Today, as never before, testing professionals have to make a shift in their approaches, adopt new relevant strategies to address these challenges and provide customers with a better experience.
This article will give you a brief analysis of the main challenges in automated mobile testing and provide some useful tips on how to tackle these issues with the help of Appium. Many of these challenges I experienced on my own, so the advice is based on the real examples from the projects I’ve worked on as a QA Competency Manager.
As it was mentioned above, mobile testing is not an easy thing. Here are some challenges that every mobile application tester may encounter and my advice on how to deal with them.
Web testing is usually associated with Selenium tools, desktop testing – with Ranorex or similar instruments, but when we talk about a mobile test automation tool then, for me, it’s definitely Appium.
Here are some reasons why I consider Appium to be the most convenient tool for mobile testing:
I consider Appium to be a great tool for mobile app testing, but, as any other instrument, it has its limitations (I’m talking about the latest 1.4.16 version):
I believe — despite all these drawbacks — for today Appium remains the best choice for mobile testing automation.
A few times in the article I’ve mentioned the testing environment regarding its importance for the overall mobile automation process. Most likely, you’ve already asked yourself which software and hardware are better to set up for smooth test execution. Below, you can find my summary of all the advantages and disadvantages concerning each of the test beds - emulators, real devices, and Clouds.
The only drawback is that if the team is distributed, there is no way to share devices.
The table below would help you compare the main characteristics of every test environment and choose the most optimal one for testing:
The high level of technology expansion today gives us both new opportunities and challenges. Our customers become more tech-savvy, demanding, and less tolerant of any inconveniences associated with the software they are using. As QA specialists, we are to think at least two steps ahead to minimize these risks and ensure software users are provided with the most comfortable experience. That’s why we need to use tools and approaches that would help us meet our business goals and, at the same time, assure the highest quality of the software we deliver.
If you lack a reliable and convenient mobile test automation tool, I definitely recommend Appium. From my experience, it’s one of the best tools on the market. It supports both Android and iOS platforms. Also, you can easily implement the same code for both systems, minimize test support efforts and save time, since as you may have experienced — on your own — the lack of time is a crucial issue in testing. I am not saying that Appium is ideal, but it’s free and provides rich API based on Selenium. And by using Cloud services like Sauce Labs, you can establish a reliable testing environment, run Appium tests, and scale it easily.
This article was originally published on uTest.
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