Open test automation frameworks are constantly evolving, and at least one new test framework emerges every year and becomes the favorite one among developers. That puts more challenges on the development and testing/QA teams to make long-term planning, since investing in test automation yields results over a longer period of time and test assets cannot be ported to new frameworks frequently without losing a significant amount of the investments.
The Mobile DevOps practices and Continuous Integration/Delivery together enable Agile development. Basically all these together are fully complimentary. As we’ve been discussing Mobile DevOps is a methodology and a set of (good) practices where Continuous Integration/Delivery is more like an implementation of that. And for mobile app testing it has lot of great things to offer.
The most important things in mobile app testing are the efficient use of test automation (using real devices), the right test automation frameworks, and efficient bug catching/handling and notifying developers about those. When it comes to parallelism and concurrent, simultaneous test runs on real devices, that’s what test automation together with CI/CD system is all about.
One of the cornerstones in mobile app testing is the efficient use of test automation, with real hardware, making all that to work for you efficiently, and seamlessly integrate with your development and testing process. You know, the whole beef with test automation is that you can simultaneously run tests on different devices, preferably tens or even hundreds of those, to get comprehensive understanding of real behavior of your app on real platform. As discussed, there are myriad of different combinations when you consider OS version, hardware setup with all its diversity, networks, user conditions and many other things. Running something in concurrent – or parallel – mode will get you great details how things actually perform. Let’s take a look at some fundamentals of mobile app testing and how to use parallelism / concurrency to deliver you a significant value.