Last updated July 29, 2016.
The biggest advantage of standalone mobile application testing tools turns out to be their biggest drawback: standalone tools were developed exclusively for mobile application testing and won’t help you test the web and desktop versions of your app.
So, if you use a standalone mobile app testing tool, you’re also going to need a separate toolset to test web and desktop versions of your app.
Meet Enterprise App Testing Needs
The thing is, if you’re already using a test automation framework for web and desktop apps, its more cost effective – and easier – if you extend it to mobile app testing.
Let’s use HP’s UFT as an example. UFT is used by a lot of testers, but by itself, it doesn’t contain functionality for mobile software testing. However, there are HP-certified add-ins available (shameless plug: like Mobile Labs’ Trust™, for example), so testers can extend UFT to tackle mobile app testing.
Taking this approach rather than opting for a standalone mobile app testing tool means mobile apps are tested just like web and desktop apps.
Plus, using an add-in cuts down on the amount of rework the test team has to do.
Shorter Learning Curve
Other mobile app testing tools interface to UFT, but they’re not fully baked and integrated into the HP testing platform.
In many cases, UFT add-ins use proprietary scripting methods to call back to their own tool. That means testers must learn how the tool’s automation works and the new scripting methods PLUS learning the mobile apps as opposed to just learning the app.
Depending on the add-in, testers can leverage the company’s investment in the existing test automation framework and processes so testing can start right away.
That’s the case with Trust.
The tool is tightly integrated with UFT – in fact, it was built from the ground up specifically for the UFT platform based on the objects and methods already available for web and desktop platforms.
Testers who know how to test apps with UFT know how to test mobile apps with Trust – they just have to learn the nuances of the mobile apps under test.
Reuse scripts for load testing and service monitoring
Using a UFT certified add-in means testers can also take advantage of mobile load testing using UFT, Mobile Labs’ Trust and HP’s LoadRunner to perform tests such as the length of time it takes to load a page after clicking a login button.
To learn more about reusing test scripts for load testing and service monitoring, read Mike Ryan’s recent blog post, Getting More Use from Mobile Labs Trust Scripts Load Testing and Service Monitoring.
Extending the Existing Testing Framework to Mobile Gets You Testing Faster
Standalone mobile application testing tools were created purely for mobile application testing needs, so testers won’t be distracted by anything in the toolset for web or desktop applications.
The downside is the learning curve associated with a standalone toolset, which can reduce productivity in the short term.
Most automation shops perform testing for a whole range of platforms – web, desktop, enterprise and mobile. So, it typically makes sense to use a comprehensive, cross-platform toolset such as UFT with an add-in like Trust.
The difference can mean a shorter learning curve and the ability to leverage an entire suite of test automation tools such as HP’s ALM, BSM and LoadRunner.
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