The Secrets to Blazing-Fast, Rock-Solid Mobile Acceptance Testing

Paul Stringer

Automated acceptance testing is an essential component of a healthy agile software development process. Unfortunately, attempts to adopt this approach in mobile often result in slow, brittle, and highly complex device tests, based on UI automation. This approach harms confidence in mobile development. Automation used in this way often creates more problems than it solves, leaving development teams and businesses wondering where it all went wrong—often blaming tools rather than their approach. Revisiting fundamentals via a simple example of a mobile app, Paul Stringer helps us re-discover the alternative approach to UI-based testing. We’ll see how the UI approach is flawed. And then we’ll refactor our tests to demonstrate how the majority of business logic can be tested via acceptance tests to be extensive, fast, and reliable. This approach shows not only how to reduce regression cycles from days to minutes but also how we can advance the architecture of mobile software. This improves confidence and allows teams to maintain sustainable progress in an environment of relentless updates and change.

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