Mobile gets more difficult by the minute
Let’s talk about Continuous Integration for a little bit. Surely you are all aware how challenging it may be. Especially if you have just the application in mind that requires access to back-end data servers or anything of that sort. One more complication is that apps are to be developed on both iOS and Android with many other things considered as well, which is hard due different tools, languages of programming, etc. And users will still demand quality and usability they are used to by now.
This is leading us to a conclusion that all possible interactions with back-end services will not be synchronous and overfilled with parts requiring heavy testing as:
- Location-based services
- Real-life network conditions
- OS versions
- Device capabilities
Some nice practices for you to follow
- Cross-Device testing. You are to be aware of your app working on different kinds of devices with various screens and other hardware. Will it be working in Hungary and Australia? Your main functionality is to be properly tested through all kinds of devices from different manufacturers. There are many cloud services that are designed to assist with such needs. Surely you won’t be running every single test on all possible devices as that would be a waste of recourses. Build your strategy focused on primary functionality. Then go for emulation on single devices and integration testing. Run tests on a wider range of available devices before release.
- Back-end interactions testing. Automated testing will be required here. Moreover it is to be conducted on a regular basis. A nice approach here would be maintaining all back-end services and data managing components as separate libraries or packages. Handle network usage asynchronously. Hence pay extra attention to devising test cases. Especially if its multiple required network calls we are talking about.
- Include User experience testing into functional testing. That is what makes mobile app testing differ from web testing. Make sure your app is doing what it is meant to do despite possible distraction when users, let’s say, are receiving texts and calls, when there is no network coverage, etc. Get ready for the necessity of using several tools as just one will not be enough.
Surely mobile application testing is challenging but is of the kind of work that needs to be done and done right. We hope this article was of assistance to you.
Created: 15 Jan 2015
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