Summarizing the Appium Studio and Appium for Android and iOS Blog Series – Part 5
Last Updated Dec 03, 2016 — Continuous Testing Expert
Part 5 – The Appium Studio Blog Series in Brief. It is time to conclude our coverage of Appium Studio as well as Appium for Android and iOS and tie it with a nice bow.
If you have been reading along for the past 4 blog posts, this is a nice summary of the Appium Studio blog series. If you are new to the Appium for Android and iOS blog series, welcome.
Note: All the information in today’s post is available in much greater detail via the links below.
We have focused on the mighty task of introducing a new product in order to help open source software users maximize their app testing. Appium Studio is a commercial, enhanced version of the Appium for Android and iOS open-source tool suitable for large-scale Enterprise deployments.
In our ongoing blog series, we first discussed Enterprise demands in mobile app testing. Second, we covered why testers prefer Appium mobile app automation. The third post was about the challenges inherent in using Appium for Android and iOS. Our fourth post gave a detailed explanation of Appium Studio and how it can help your mobile app testing.
To conclude the conversation let’s briefly review the entire series:
First, we took a look at Enterprise Demands in the Mobile App Testing World
The needs of Enterprises when it comes to testing and releasing their mobile applications are simple in concept, but complex in execution.
Quick Go-to-Market – Releasing, maintaining, and updating an Enterprise app is critical because it can set a company apart from their competitors.
Flawless Functionality and Performance – In order for an Enterprise app to be successful, iOS testing and Android testing need to have similar importance.
Highly Secured Environment – Enterprise testing environments must be as secure as the rest of their internal systems. Enterprises need extensive VPNs and network protections in order to ensure their networks and systems are secure.
Second, we examined why mobile app testers prefer Appium for Android and iOS. Appium mobile app automation has become the go-to open source software for mobile testing.
There 3 main reasons why Appium for Android and iOS has enjoyed almost overnight success.
Leading Open Source Software – Open source software it is free and supported by an active community of developers and experts. As a result, it becomes a valued tool for testers and developers.
Based on the Selenium WebDriver – Appium is a wrapper that translates commands on Selenium into Appium for Android and iOS commands. In other words, all of the Selenium functionality is available in the software.
Becoming the De Facto Standard Mobile Testing Tool – This specifically refers to the ability of users and developers to keep the software at the cutting edge of the mobile application testing market.
That is not to say that Appium is perfect. Far from it, as we discussed in our third blog post.
The main challenges of using Appium for Android and iOS mobile app testing.
Setting-up and Scaling-up – Appium, is only installed locally. For that reason, using it in a highly-secured Enterprise environment is almost impossible.
Test Development – Enterprise app testers must have the capability to identify elements and control them within their applications. If an application needs to interact with a device’s microphone, camera, or NFC chip it needs testing. These types of tests are not supported in Appium.
Test Management – Appium for Android and iOS users usually need to spend a lot of time connecting the Appium software to third-party reporting systems. As a result, the reports are inconsistant and prone to breakage.
In Part 4 we solved all those problems by giving a detailed overview of Appium Studio and its core capabilities.
We combined Appium’s core software and functionality with our SeeTestAutomation software and the result is a complete end-to-end testing solution.
Scale Local Automation to an Enterprise Environment – The core Appium software is designed to test locally on a small number of devices. On the other hand, projects in Appium Studio can be easily scaled to include hundreds of devices, and thousands of tests.
Add Remote Capabilities Critical for Offshore Teams – Enterprise testing developers are able to connect to the SeeTestCloud and connect from anywhere at any time.
Quick & Easy Set-up and Scripting – Setting up is as simple as downloading an installer. Hardware and device dependencies that are always a major drawback in the base Appium tool have been eliminated with Appium Studio.
Increased Functionality – Once testing Appium Studio provides the ability to automate tests beyond the application itself.
Performance Testing Capabilities –Within Appium Studio, Enterprises can emulate any real-world network condition. This gives testers monitoring tools that can measure battery usage, CPU, device memory and more.
Fully Customizable Reporting – Appium Studio includes a fully customizable reporting tool, thus analyzing your results is much simpler.
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