Automated testing.

Ben Logan
25 October 2013

An automated Android testing framework, known as Espresso, has just been launched by Google – it allows for the automated testing of x86 machines in the cloud within a multi-threaded environment, which effectively addresses the concurrency issues usually associated with user interface testing. Due to the large number of available devices, testing Android products can be an expensive and time consuming process. The usual solution to this is to make use of an emulator to support a multitude of OS versions, screen sizes and memory constraints, which whilst being a useful method can sometimes be a slow process. Google’s new…

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Ben Logan
2 August 2013

Automated testing software is one of the most common means with which developers check on functionality, but how about using a robot to test your applications on mobile devices? Jason Huggins has come up with “Tapster” – a robot that mimics the touch of the human finger based on chosen parameters. The device, which can either be purchased or assembled with a 3D printer, is able to emulate gestures and swipes which would otherwise be hard to simulate. Its creator thinks that it will bridge the gap between automated and manual testing. The device is proving especially useful when testing…

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Ben Logan
19 February 2009

Automated testing There are several products on the market, which claim to be able to test web sites for accessibility with one click of a button. Whilst this is partly true, the process of automated testing is slightly flawed in that these tools have limitations around what they can and cannot realistically check. For the most part they are looking for “Yes” or “No” criteria in terms of whether the item has passed a particular WCAG checkpoint. Advantages Can run over large scale sites Cheaper to run Disadvantages     Results can be time consuming to collate and interpret     Can…

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