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Weighing the right tools for mobile applications

Weighing the right tools for mobile applications

With the predominant influence of mobile phones in today’s world, what one needs to take into consideration are the right test automation tools that ought to be chosen for testing mobile applications, whether they be web, native or hybrid, making the domain of testing even more stimulating. Although, manual testing helps to find discrepancies in a real environment, automation definitely helps in making the testing process faster, reusable and scalable. A number of test automation tools are available in the market today, both open-source and commercial. With some being open source tools like Appium, Calaba.sh, Selendroid, Robotium, etc., it seems economical to choose these than the paid ones such as Silk Mobile, SeeTest, TestStudio etc. But what one needs to do is to weigh all and choose the one that suits their testing need the best. These can be figured out by taking a number of aspects into deliberation-

Mobile Test Automation

  • Supports various platforms– With iOS, Android and Windows, one needs to choose the tool accordingly, depending on the need and the requirement. With tools like Appium that are cross-platform, it becomes one of the most commonly used tool followed by Calaba.sh.

 

  • Scripting languages– One needs to even consider the programming languages that are used by the tools. While some support all languages, others like Robotium or Calaba.sh just use Java and Ruby respectively.

 

  • Supports different frameworks and CI systems– To choose a tool that supports different frameworks becomes something that needs to be considered thoroughly. Since the requirements may change in the future, using the same tool that supports just one framework, say TDD, will pose a hindrance ahead, leading to continuous modifications and alterations in the framework. This can be avoided by using the one that is able to integrate with all, such as Appium. Thus, with continuous integration, one code can be accessed anytime and anywhere, albeit with certain change in configuration.

 

  • Testing on real or virtual devices– The end goal of any testing cycle is that the product becomes flawlessly ready to be used by the end users. And to maintain that there aren’t any roadblocks faced by the users, the requirement to test on which device becomes crucial. To test on real devices is always considered to be an advantage but that isn’t feasible every time and thus, to test on simulators or emulators becomes the choice.

 

It is only by comparing the many, that one will be able to select the right set of tools. What one needs to look out for are these various parameters and many more, to be able to choose the right test automation tool for mobile applications.

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