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Emulators are Great, But Real-Device Testing Is Still Essential
Posted by Brena Monteiro in Mobile Development & Testing

Emulators have come far since the early days of software testing. Today, emulators work so well that you may wonder why you can’t use them for everything. Well, the reality is that, although emulators are a great tool for many situations, they’re no magic bullet. There are cases where testing on real devices is just a better approach. In this post, I explain why you can’t always [...]

Appium 1.6.5 Released on Sauce Labs
Posted by Isaac Murchie in AppiumAppium ResourcesMobileNews & Product Updates

We're happy to announce that Appium 1.6.5 has been released to the community and to Sauce Labs! This version is only available for Emu/Sim at the moment, not yet TestObject. Appium 1.6.5 fixes many issues and continues the trend to make more aspects of the automation process configurable. Here is an overview of the changes.  General Add --enable-heapdump server flag to turn on NodeJS [...]

SauceCon Speaker Profile: Shivani Sharma, Slack
Posted by Rebecca Cramer

This post first appeared on DevOps.com as part of our series highlighting speakers at SauceCon, which will take place June 6-8 in San Francisco. Just Say No to Flaky Tests: Releasing Code with Confidence Shivani Sharma doesn’t like anything flaky—unless it’s baked goods. Shivani is senior engineering manager at Slack, working on test automation for Slack’s iOS, Android [...]

Public or Private Cloud?
Should I Use a Public or a Private Mobile Cloud?
Posted by Justin Rohrman in Mobile Development & Testing

Software projects have a special way of creeping and taking over like a kudzu vine. A company might start making an iPad app that Doctors use to document their cases. Pretty soon, a new version of iOS comes out, and then two new versions of the iPad. Nurses are added to the user base 6 months later and they have a few different versions of the iPhone in mind. Supporting a couple of devices is no [...]

SauceCon Speaker Profile: Greg Sypolt, Gannett | USA Today Networks
Posted by Rebecca Cramer

This post first appeared on DevOps.com as part of our series highlighting speakers at SauceCon, which will take place June 6-8 in San Francisco. Test automation architect Greg Sypolt of Gannett | USA Today Network fell into a testing career by accident. As an on-call software engineer who spent many late nights early in his career discovering that many bugs were caused by a lack of test coverage, [...]

Appium and StarDriver: The Language of Automation
Posted by Dan Cuellar in Appium

If you count from SeleniumConf 2012 as the date that Appium was born, Appium just turned 5 last week. In the last 5 years, Appium has come a long way in taking mobile UI automation from a haphazard bleeding edge endeavor to an indispensable part of many development teams’ continuous integration system for mobile apps. At the start, Appium was created to solve one specific problem. I had [...]

Risky Business: Taking a Risk-Based Approach to Software Testing
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in Software Development & Testing

In a perfect world, you’d be able to test everything, all the time. In real life, however, you’re often faced with huge products and large features, and you just can’t test them all. If you try, you’ll go bankrupt. So, what do you do in the face of this challenge? The answer is to take a risk-based approach to testing. This process starts by talking about Risk Analysis [...]

SauceCon Speaker Profile: Jeremy Stone, Code.org
Posted by Ely Hechtel

This post first appeared on DevOps.com as part of our series highlighting speakers at SauceCon, which will take place June 6-8 in San Francisco. As quickly as the world is changing, how can we use this momentum and proactively contribute to this change? We need to start with the basics and focus on education. Jeremy Stone, CTO of Code.org, is doing just that by teaching children how to code. [...]

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