Part I: The Fundamentals A brief history Progressive Web Applications. They’re a hot topic these days, yet it seems like we’ve been hearing about them for years. And we have. In fact, the first high profile mention of the concept came from none other than Steve Jobs at Macworld 2007. “The full Safari engine is inside of iPhone. And so, you can write amazing Web 2.0 and Ajax apps that look exactly and behave exactly like apps on the iPhone. And these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. ”
OK, it’s not exactly a corporate doomsday scenario. Still, a recent story from the BBC is a perfect illustration of why testing real-world scenarios needs to be a part of your testing strategy. The sample size might be too small to draw any definitive conclusions about humanity but, if this group is any indication, you might want to keep an extra eye on your 11-year-old. So, what happened? In a nutshell, some students (aged 5-15 years old) were given a standardized spelling test - on their laptops - online. Have you guessed where this is headed? Well, it appears that some of the students in primary 7 (roughly 6th grade for us Americans) were touched by the light of inspiration. They turned on their online spell checkers.
Why is Tricentis creating a cloud execution partner program? Tricentis’ customers are doing mobile testing in various ways – they do full mobile automation and exploratory testing, some of them prefer simulators or emulators while others want to use real devices. They also can be divided based on the location of devices – some prefer to have them locally, while others want to use device cloud of their choice. Tricentis wants to fulfill all that
Continuous testing is one of the keys to the DevOps kingdom. Your pipeline needs to move fast to keep up with ever-shrinking release schedules but you can’t afford to sacrifice quality- or UX- in the name of speed. The solution? During each stage of development, Development teams need to balance testing every scenario against the amount of time needed to generate meaningful test results.
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 component of a successful testing strategy: planning. Planning for future changes in the market makes the difference between success today and ongoing success.
In the age of Agile and Digital Transformation strategies, every brand is looking to set themselves apart. In order to excel strategically in the implementation of your digital transformation you need to be offering services to end users on their terms, on their devices, at their convenience, streamlining and differentiating features. On top of that, end users expect everything to look great, work perfectly…quickly. When choosing your digital transformation strategy, there are key tradeoffs to understand between what are seemingly conflicting agendas: getting features to market faster, increasing presence on users’ devices vs. maintaining high application quality.
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.
Here we are again, another post about Black Friday. Why should you read this one? What is different about it? Well, for starters, I promise to be short. I also think you will find at least one useful fact to aid in your checklist of items to make sure your site and app don’t become a Black Friday horror story. Here are three common Black Friday pitfalls to be aware of: 1. Performance and User
Bug handling in DevOps can be the make-it or break-it factor- because of this, I have gathered some of the best tips and practices to treat your bugs. 1. Triage Everything Investigate every bug to identify the root cause – there might be other bugs underneath Fixing bugs fast is essential for healthy automation, especially as part of today’s mature DevOps processes. That said, it is also important to make sure there is no other
The day has come, and as expected, Apple has started selling its innovative new smartphone, The iPhone X. Without a doubt, it's a leap forward for Apple and a new price tag for this premium device. As reported in the media, there are some iPhone 8 customers who are already planning to switch to the new device- anticipation for this devices is indeed high. Starting now, Perfecto customers around the world can already start validating
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
Key Pillars for Mobile and Web Platform Testing as Part of a RWD Project Various industry segments, are investing more and more engineering efforts to better engage with their audiences, regardless of their platform, environment or geography. Mobile native apps are great and are still a key digital enabler for these organizations, however, having a seamless digital platform that works seamlessly on any device, OS version and screen size and resolution is becoming de-facto in
I believe that the debate of mobile testing on real devices vs. emulators is one of the oldest and most emotional debates in the mobile space over recent years. In this blog, I would like to try and make “peace” between the parties who are in favor of each. Before I give my POV on that, let’s clarify the exact meaning of “testing mobile apps” so we’re all on the same page (I wrote an
Perfecto’s CTO Sheds Light On What to Expect and How to Adapt In this blog, we are going to review Apple’s latest announcements and highlight the features and characteristics that will affect your application development and testing processes. Apple announcements are always about innovation and enhanced UX; today was no exception. Here are four Apple products that were revealed today: Apple Watch series S3 Apple 4K TV iPhone 8 family and wireless charging iPhone X Let’s
How Do You Find the Automated Testing Tools that Best Fit Your Project’s Needs? Getting the most out of your automated testing setup isn’t just about having good tools. It’s also about making sure your tools fit your needs- and your project. Everyone knows about Selenium, and it’s a great place to start. However, even though Selenium’s WebDriver is the basis for a majority of tools on the market in 2017, there are still gaps
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
It is the time of year, post WWDC that Apple rolls out its next major iOS release to the developer community. With the excitement around the 10th anniversary of iPhone and a new major release, teams need to understand the impact to their existing iOS applications. Before drilling into the implications, I am happy to announce, that Perfecto is the 1st in the market to offer support for the new iOS11 platform for both manual
The usage of biometric sensors, such as Touch ID or fingerprint authentication, to elevate the security of mobile applications has been proliferating significantly. A key factor in this trend is the convenience and simplicity offered to the end user via onboard sensors. Users and brands are benefitting from increased sense of security in user flows: initially, biometrics were perceived as a credential-form replacement at the login stage. However, nowadays, in-app transactions such as purchases (games,
At Perfecto, since the introduction of desktop web browsers to the continuous quality lab, we’re seeing tremendous growth in new test cases, acceleration in frequency of executions, usage of key browsers and versions, and overall significant growth in the number of executions with a need for web test automation. This isn’t unique to Perfecto’s customers: we see a clear intensification of the test activities, whether managed within the test team, development team or both. Another
If you're an iOS developer, you're probably familiar with Apple XCTest and XCUITest automation framework, which came with Xcode to allow you to easily develop UI tests that reflect the users’ interface with the application. Since Xcode 8, Apple has deprecated UIAutomation in favor of the XCUITest framework. XCTest has been part of Xcode for a few years now, but it is finally catching up and more developers are getting on the bandwagon. XCTest and
A recent survey conducted by Perfecto reveals that ~40% of organizations spend between 4-8 working hours to analyze regression test suites post execution. That’s not a surprise, considering the growing number of factors that are required to be plugged into each cycle – mobile and web platforms, environments, user-conditions, and many more. To shrink the overall investigation time and decision making process, Perfecto launched its DigitalZoom™ product with the aim of offering a 3-layer
As software practitioners, we all love tools that make us more efficient and we’ve already optimized our development environments with keyboard shortcuts, window managers, shell enhancements, and IDE plugins. Even after all these DevOps tools have shaved milliseconds off our daily workload, it’s still possible to find time to learn new configuration management tools, participate in DevOps training, and otherwise contribute to a better agile development process that actually improves team velocity. DevOps Transformation Is