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Focus on Mobile Functional Automation and need of the hour Performance Engineering for mobile apps

  • 14/10/2013
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Functional test automation has emerged as the watchword of reliable way to test functional robustness of mobile applications. Offering a quick and swift approach to aid human tenacity and overcome costly affairs, functional test automation offers great succor to relieve pressure on developers, testing teams, and end-users alike. Automated mobile application tests can be run faster and repeatedly on all configurations in a controlled environment without any manual intervention and additional cost that translate time saving affair that into quality, low cost, and faster functional authentication.

A far cry from time constraint and monotony, test automation of mobile applications assures greater accuracy as it go through each and every file, content, table, and program in detail irrespective of their complexity enabling superior coverage. Easy to simulate, run tests simultaneously, and create hundreds virtual users, it improves efficiency and empowers teams to overcome challenges in an agile and rewarding way ultimately contributing to flawless functional validation of applications.


Performance Engineering of Mobile Applications: The Dynamics

Mobile applications have gone through a sea change following the mobile revolution and their performance engineering process is confronted with new challenges spread over mobile and linked cloud environs. With end users looking for greater reliability, superior mobility, and one-touch access, there is demand for mobile application performance engineering competent to deliver guaranteed performance and also effectively reflect non-functional performance parameters. It has made redundant the unwavering pledge of traditional tools, practices, skills, team roles, and deliverables best can.

Today’s developers are stressed to design mobile applications supporting the high end-user performance expectations that require assessment, testing, and tuning at every stage throughout their lifecycle. While a proactive approach is the order of the day, the variability of networks, handsets, and tasks demand new tools and activities that can sustain and enhance application performance. The performance engineers are also required to bring in a perfect balance between back-end server resources, third-party components, network latency, bandwidth, and rising end user demands. Testing automation has relieved them of manifold stress.

New Demands Put Greater Stress on Testing

Test monitoring has expanded sharply with increased demand for greater capacity of load generating tools. The challenges of variable bandwidth supporting simulator creations, network measurement, usage, access pattern, and cloud-based lunching large scale tests call for the most complex test scenarios. Not only the methodology, but also the process of discovery, network virtualization, testing and analysis, and optimization demand development and implementation of the best practices.
Accordingly, generation of test cases and test result analysis now require much proficient skills and technology to outweigh even slightest of errors depending on data, code, modularity, keyword, and model at the center of activities. Automated tests have made the way easy and effervescent.


New Frameworks, Tools To Your Rescue

With challenges growing and demands inching toward new heights every day, engineers are wheedled to join into new trainings and become innovative. New automated tools and technologies have also come to their aid. Open source automated frameworks, such as Frank, make selenium testing for iOS, iPad, and iPhone applications fast and broad based. Befitting to all CI, it usable Cucumber steps help iOS applications run on all devices or simulators. It takes less than 10 minutes to integrate.
Licensed frameworks, such as Robotiun, Saucelab Appium, and Test Driod, though comes with a tag, they empowers the engineering process with a robust support. A perfect support for Android application testing, Robotiun guided in 8.5 million mobile application test automations last year. Saucelab Appium is being increasingly resorted to for application test automations in different languages.
Wider use of performance test automations, such as Sikuli framework and SOAP UI, has made load, endurance, stress, behavior, flexibility, balancing, component, and isolation testing faster and cost effective. They focus on remediation of issues and optimization of performance rather than only reporting bottlenecks or bugs. Suitable for native and hybrid mobile applications, these tools can be profiled to match networks instability and latencies and ensure swift performance analysis.


Taking the Side: Pitfalls Vs Advantage

Where the demand is for stout agile testing, many may see drawbacks in application test automations. Variation in device platforms, language, networks, and demography call for customized approach, awareness of details, and experience in reflecting each of them thoroughly that require manual aid to automation. The ever evolving contours of end user expectation, technology, and cloud system sets a bar high enough and automated testing require constant adjustments.
However, the pitfalls are not much frightening as Terminator movies. They have their solution with interplay of manual and automated testing. But in majority, it is the test automation that prevails over manual head and hours counting. Best suited to unleash the all-encompassing power of agile testing process, mobile application testing automation assures cost and time savings, better bug detection, wider coverage, and more controlled testing. Able to replicate thousands of users, it is fast, secure, accurate, and affordable.


Author: Mohammad Asad Khan

mohammad asad khan_100x100Mohammad Asad Khan is the Co-Founder of 360logica, a premier offshore software testing company offering services for all types of independent software testing needs across all sectors, including customized testing and high-class QA consulting. With years of experience behind him in the field of information and technology, Asad also serves as the Vice President, Business Development, at 360logica software testing services. A dynamic professional with, he steers its marketing and management objectives since 2008 by virtue of his rich expertise and experience in business development, strategic planning, project management, and quality assurance process testing and setup. Asad’s management skills and knowledge of the industry has helped 360logica win hearts of clients across all industries. He has led 360logica efforts to develop matchless testing skills and infrastructure, client-centric communication strategy, and excellent customer service record, key to help clients derive maximum benefits at minimum cost.


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