What is crowdsourced testing?
Crowdsourced Testing consists in delegating software testing tasks to a community of expert quality assurance testers through an online platform.
It is quickly emerging as the most efficient way to streamline interactive software production and improve the quality of the web and software products published by developers.
Crowdsourced testing offers numerous advantages:
Flexibility: Given that our crowd encompasses testers in all timezones, there are always testers available, no matter the time of day. This comes in particularly handy when working late at night trying to meet a deadline.
Instantaneity: Unlike traditional software testing companies, Crowdsourced Testing services are available on short notice and allow you to get results in as little as a few hours.
Real-world multiplatform testing: When dealing with external users, your products are likely to be used on a much wider range of hardware and software combinations than those you have in-house. These include older browser versions, other operating systems and different hardware devices. By working with a large crowd of testers, you ensure that your product is tested in various real-world situations and on a large variety of hardware and software combinations.
Cloud Testing is a means of testing cloud-based applications that use resources found in the cloud. By resources, we mean any element (hardware, software and infrastructure) necessary to carry out the tests. Cloud testing provides an end-to-end solution that transforms the way testing is done and can help an organization boost its competitiveness by reducing the cost of testing without negatively impacting mission-critical production applications. By leveraging a cloud computing solution for testing, organizations can shorten provisioning time because the cloud enables provisioning of test servers on demand. This helps ensure unused servers are not sitting idle.
Over the last decade, we have seen an explosive growth in the usage of mobile devices, mobile applications, service/application providers and web content. The key drivers for mobility testing include:
- Mobile environments differ – unlike the traditional wired environment in PCs with high memory capacity, mobile phones are wireless devices with wireless infrastructure with a software exclusively designed for low memory phones operating on a wireless environment
- Deliver higher quality apps – increase consumer satisfaction and fulfill their expectations and requirements – all of which lead to increased mobile revenue and profits!
- Get To Market Faster - avoid costly delays by testing throughout the application development process and also to ensure reduced support costs
- Global testing coverage – to validate applications across operating systems, platforms, languages, and more
Our Mobility Testing service ensures all-round testing of your mobile applications for functionality, performance, security, interruption, longevity, conformance, usability, etc. We also validate the mobile application integration with various enterprise applications where ever applicable.
Functional TestingTesting of mobile applications for various scenarios based on specifications. This testing also involves the manual verification of the interfaces of the app with the given requirements
Interruption:Testing done to verify the stability of the application when there are interrupts from other applications (call manager etc.,) working on the phone, push services, a call, an SMS.
Longevity:Longevity testing, also called as endurance testing, evaluates the application ability to handle a constant, moderate work load for a long time. In addition to this Mobile device performance should be verified under various conditions namely
- Full memory
- Low memory
- Low battery
- Low network signal strength
- External Memory usage
- Updating the software
Testing the application for Web content accessibility, Mobile Application Accessibility, WCAG 2.0 Guidelines
Testing application on devices with different service provider, wireless, bandwidth etc
Testing the application security from access credentials to vulnerability of the app, how good it is in protecting data and maintaining functionality as intended.
The purpose of performance testing is to identify and isolate the performance bottlenecks and to optimize code that has bottlenecks.
Automation of repeatable test cases using tools that are specific for Mobile Application automation such as Appium, Selenium, Genymotion, TestQuest Pro, SeeTest etc.
Introduction to Appium:
Appium is a mobile automation tool based on very well known and widely accepted web automation tool "Selenium".Appium guys have actually extended Selenium Webdriver API for mobile automation support.
Appium library has extended RemoteWebDriver class from Selenium API and created AndroidDriver and IOSDriver classes to support mobile automation on Android/IOS platforms.
Working of Appium:
Appium is very similar to Selenium in communication and architecture.It uses JSON-wire protocol for communication and supports script development in languages like:Java,C#,Python,Ruby,PHP,Java Script
Appium uses automation frameworks which comes with Software Development Kits(SDK) of Android/IOS
On Android it uses UIAutomator and on IOS it uses UIAutomation.
Appium supports automation of all kinds of mobile applications like Native,web and hybrid.
The following features were introduced or enhanced in StormRunner:
- New UI layout that includes breadcrumbs for easy test navigation.
- Duplicate the definition of an existing test to a new test.
- An enhanced Reports page layout includes new metrics and an easy navigation bar.
- In the Dashboard, you can sort column values in the widget summary view.
Appium setup for Android in Windows OS
APPIUM is a freely distributed open source mobile application UI testing framework. Appium allows native, hybrid and web application testing and supports automation test on physical devices as well as on emulator or simulator both. It offers cross-platform application testing i.e. single API works for both Android and iOS platform test scripts.
It has NO dependency on Mobile device OS. Because, APPIUM has framework or wrapper that translate Selenium Webdriver commands into UIAutomation (iOS) or UIAutomator (Android) commands depending on the device type not any OS type.
JIRA – Agile Project
Agile methodology for software development has gained immense popularity in the recent years.
Agile Projects follow an incremental approach to development of the requirements.
The highlights of an Agile/Scrum Project are:
- The requirements are created/agreed upon and the grouped together into a Product Backlog
- The requirements (User stories) are ranked in the order of priority and business importance
- Once ranked, the stories are assigned developmental cycles (Sprints) that last for approx. 4-6 weeks.
- The detailed documentation is avoided. Instead, a scrum board is maintained that will show the status and progress.
JIRA successfully supports all the activities listed above for projects following an Agile Methodology. In this article, we will see how.
Note – Firstly, you will need JIRA Agile add-on if you have not gotten it already.
We are going to learn all about JIRA administration today. This is a unique opportunity to learn the admin aspects of a Project/Incident/Test Management tool.
This is the 5th tutorial in our JIRA learning series. Check all the tutorials in this series on this JIRA Tutorials page.
Not all of them are as effective (and simple) and as accessible from the UI as it is for JIRA. So, as always, concepts are more important than the tool specific details – look out for the operations and their importance- that will help you to estimate what you can expect from the “Admin” module of any tool.
JIRA User Module – Conclusion
We have seen the different kinds of issues and how to create them in our previous JIRA Tutorials. This is a next JIRA tutorial in this series where we will learn how to use them, the workflow progress and the reporting feature of JIRA.
The issue once created can be accessed by searching the ID, browsing the “Issues” menu item or going to the project details and checking the issues tab.
When you access an issue and click on its link, the details will be displayed. All the actions that can be performed on the particular issue are available on the header of an issue details screen: