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Solving the problem of online travel performance testing

This month, we’ve been talking about how to test complex online retail websites; Specifically, we’ve been talking about testing travel websites, both here on our blog and in a recurring webinar on “performance testing online travel”. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the first iteration of this webinar, we’ll be hosting it again next week. It’s your last chance! Read more about it on our Events and webinars page, or register now.

Why did we select online travel websites? There are a few different reasons Read more…

Testing complex retail websites in the on-line travel industry

Retail is increasingly web and mobile; on-line sales totalled $300B in the U.S. and $285B in the EU. Retailers’ web sites and apps are now absolutely mission critical. They must be user-friendly, fast, provide the right functionality, and work! Every time in any environment. My favourite data point for the on-line retail industry was published by Amazon – a 100ms increase in the response time of their website reduces revenue by 1%. Quality directly impacts revenue. Read more…

Why test mobile apps under different network conditions?

We recently conducted the last in our series of webinars on the challenges of mobile testing, and how eggPlant Functional and related tools in the eggPlant range can address those challenges. This most recent webinar was all about testing your mobile app under different network conditions. This is a critical element of testing mobiles app both from a performance/UX and functional perspective, but it’s one which very few teams are equipped for. Read more…

Mobile apps need performance testing too

The third webinar in our series on the challenges of mobile testing was all about performance testing, and it’s important to say what we mean by that because the term “performance testing” is used in many different ways. Read more…

The future of transport is connected, automated, and efficient; now it needs QA.

After attending a TechUK event in London this morning discussing the future of transportation in the world of IoT and Big Data, my head is buzzing. The future of transport is big! It’s efficient! It’s automated! It’s full of energy-efficient connected autonomous methods of transportation. It’s full of smart, connected cities that themselves are full of smart buildings, buzzing with drones, connected autonomous vehicles and efficient train systems. It’s a mouthful to talk about!

Dr. Miles Eisden, Chief Scientific Advisor (Acting) of the Department for Transport in the UK triggered sci-fi fantasies and raised more questions than he answered when he deconstructed this sentence Read more…

Mobile apps need end-to-end testing too

Just last Thursday, we conducted the second in our series of webinars discussing the challenges of mobile testing and how eggPlant tools can help you address those challenges. This webinar discussed the challenge of conducting end-to-end tests on mobile applications.

So, let’s talk about end-to-end testing. What does that mean? Well a lot of talks about mobile testing seem to assume that you’re testing a standalone mobile app. But in reality there are very very few standalone mobile apps, except maybe some games. Read more…

TestPlant at the Mobile Dev + Test conference

Having just wrapped up the week at Mobile Dev & Test in sunny San Diego, I wanted to share my top take-aways with you fellow testers and friends of TestPlant.

Fragmentation worries

Device fragmentation was a hot topic with both vendors and speakers [how could it not be?] but I get the impression that a lot of testers feel like they’re still hard pressed to keep up with the bare minimum number of devices. My advice: if you’re in that boat, don’t make your automation choices based on device cloud services. Decide how you want to automate, create a solid foundation, and then look at spreading that out across more devices.

Wearables

Tester: Can your product test wearables? Read more…

Addressing fragmentation in mobile testing

On Friday we conducted the first in a series of 4 webinars that we’re running about the challenges of mobile testing and how eggPlant tools can help you address those challenges.

We decided to run this series of 4 webinars because, like many of you, we hear a lot of presentations about the difficulties of mobile testing, but very few of these talk about the real issues that effect us in our own testing, and that we hear about from our customers. These presentations tend to focus on things like low-power mode or threading, which are genuine technical differences between mobiles and PCs, but they aren’t the issues we see impacting test teams. Read more…

Addressing the real challenges of mobile testing

Everyone talks about “the challenges of mobile testing”, but few people actually describe clearly what these challenges are, and even fewer give you tangible practical advice on how to address these challenges. Over the next 4 weeks we will be running a series of webinars clearly describing the major challenges impacting teams creating mobile apps, and show how eggPlant tools can help you address them. Please register NOW for these webinars using the links below.

But why the lack of clarity around mobile testing challenges? I believe it is because people assume that these challenges must be inherent technical differences between mobile devices and PCs, so they look for differences of this type, and end up talking about low-power mode and threading differences. But these aren’t really causing problems for the vast majority of testers. Read more…

Not yet convinced by image based test automation? Here are six arguments that may change your mind…

There are two common objections to eggPlant Functional that we come across from time to time. They relate to aspects of the tool that are unique and which I definitely believe are strengths, so I’d like to tackle them head on.

The first objection is to image based automation which lies at the core of eggPlant’s unique two system approach to GUI automation. Objectors have a presumption in favour of object based GUI automation which is by far the most common technique among functional testing tools. This may be because they are familiar with object based automation Read more…