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We’ve already discussed the advantages that businesses gain from using a flexible cloud-based testing platform before. One of the essential features in such a mobile app testing & test automation solution is being framework-agnostic.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this term and see how QA teams and managers can benefit from such a platform.

What Is a Framework Agnostic Service in Test Automation?

First things first: What does being framework-agnostic in the scope of test automation mean anyway?

When we look at the different tools available for testing mobile applications, we can see that some of them only support a limited selection of test frameworks and third-party tools. Often, this is due to rigid, legacy systems that don’t allow much versatility. Hence, these services aren’t framework agnostic.

However, we can also find many services, like the Bitbar real device testing cloud, that are flexible and independent in terms of the frameworks and tools developers and testers can use.

The main advantage of these services is that users don’t have to adapt their workflows, test cases, and scripts to be compatible with the service. Instead, the test service is flexible enough to let customers run their tests as needed. As a result, these services are framework agnostic because they not only support all native test automation frameworks but also customer-defined tools/frameworks.

Now let’s go ahead and take a closer look at how developers, testers, and business leaders benefit from these solutions.

What Does Being Framework Agnostic Mean for Automation Teams?

Ultimately, a service must be helpful to the people who actually use it.

Developers and testers can’t work productively if a tool makes testing too complicated. What’s more, your teams most likely work with a specific framework already, and it would be resource-intensive to make them get comfortable with another tool. Additionally, they’d have to rewrite all test scripts so that they can run them on a particular app testing service.

Therefore, it makes sense to choose a cloud-based mobile app testing and test automation platform that supports the needed framework or that is framework agnostic.

Typically, developers and QA teams only work with one specific framework, and once they’re able to use it without a hassle, they’re good to go. Put simply, the ideal mobile app testing service must enable them to get their work done.

Yet, developers may want to switch to another test automation framework at some point. This could be because the official support of the current tool has been discontinued, as we’ve seen with Calabash, for example. Or they may want to check out a new, promising framework.

If you use a rigid tool, you probably can’t let them try new things without making a significant effort, whereas using a framework-agnostic platform, they can quickly use different tools to see if they work in their favor.

But what if your developers and QA teams rely on the use of unique and custom tools and configurations? Some may need an environment in the cloud that matches the local environment for efficient testing.

In that case, you need an app testing platform that supports Docker or VM images to run customer-defined test frameworks and existing testing environments.

What Benefits Does It Bring to Managers and Their Teams?

Businesses often have multiple teams responsible for different types of mobile testing. For example, a testing team focuses on UI testing with Espresso and XCUITest, and a development team creates unit tests with Robolectric and XCTest.

Usually, managers, product owners, CTOs, etc. work with and coordinate multiple teams. These teams all have different roles and use various tools and frameworks to live up to their responsibilities. And as we well know, a team leader’s mission is to enable their teams to do their jobs as best as they can.

That’s why team leaders need test services that are straightforward, efficient, transparent, and flexible. If multiple rigid tools need to be used to cover every test requirement, it is likely to produce contrary results.

The more services you use, the more complex and problematic your setup becomes. Because of this, most managers want their teams to use a shared tool to eliminate the complexity mentioned above.

This is when a framework agnostic tool comes to the rescue. It enables you to unite all your test teams under one shared tool. No matter what tools they need, anyone can get their work done, as these services support all native test automation frameworks for mobile devices.

Future-Proof Your Business by Staying Adaptable

More importantly, a platform that supports all native frameworks and even custom environments, helps you future-proof your organization. It lets you adapt workflows according to your evolving technical and testing requirements.

To stay relevant, you need to set up and maintain reliable processes that will allow your organization to adapt quickly in the future. You can only evaluate new opportunities, tools, and workflows to help you move forward with a flexible testing service.

However, we don’t have to look to the distant future to understand the benefits of such a service. We can also see its value in a much shorter timeframe.

For example, Apple launches new iOS and Xcode beta versions months before the official release. This way, companies can already develop mobile apps with the upcoming features. And this is where the ability to support custom tools and frameworks comes into play!

While one team develops new functionalities with the beta version, another one can continue working with the latest official version. Existing tools and workflows from both teams will not be impacted, and both can accelerate innovations and deliver business value at paces.

Companies that can release stable apps as soon as a new OS version gets introduced to the public have an advantage over businesses that can not.

Enjoy Full Flexibility with Framework Agnostic Test Services

Bitbar is a flexible, framework-agnostic platform for mobile test automation, providing you with all the advantages described in this article. Let your developers and testers use any native mobile test automation framework and create straightforward test execution workflows. If you have specific requirements for the tools or environment in which they run, you can use Docker images to build your ideal setup.

Learn more about the features of our mobile app testing solution and sign up for a trial here.

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Sarah Mischinger

Tech Writer