3 Top Choices For Automated Testing

When it comes to precision in automated mobile app testing for 2015, there are at least three frontrunners that stand out for Android and iOS: Appium, Calabash, and MonkeyTalk. While these software test automation resources have some stiff competition, open source and automation opportunities make it easy for these tools to rise to the top. Like most great test automation tools, these tools are widely known for testing the code, graphical user interface (GUI), and application programming interface (API), including these necessary functions: improvements for product installs, appropriate test data, troubleshooting for problems or defects, GUI interactivity capabilities, and more. This features list is likely to be present with any good automated testing software, but the demand for user experience (UX) places the top three choices in a category of their own.

Appium Is All Inclusive

Appium is the open-source solution for automating native, mobile, or hybrid apps built for both Android and iOS platforms. While native apps use software development kits that are standard with Android or iOS, mobile apps are web apps users access from a mobile browser. Known as the “cross-browser mobile automation tool,” Appium is developed by Sauce Labs and relies on JSON wire protocol under Selenium WebDriver. The beauty with Appium for many developers is that it supports Chrome or another local browser on an Android platform and Safari on the iOS platform. Appium offers support for a hybrid app as well, for native and mobile web interactivity. The Appium tool, unlike its counterparts, does not require an extra compiling agent for app code for mobile app interaction. As well, Appium’s cross-platform capabilities make it a perfect choice for using the same tests across the board.

Calabash Uses Object-Oriented Languages

When you seek an automated acceptance-testing option for a mobile app, Calabash is the popular answer to your quest. Also using open source, Calabash provides an application programming interface (API) specifically for native apps that run on touch screens. Keep in mind the huge difference between the interactivity possible on a web app from a desktop versus the native touch screen options on a mobile device. Calabash uses Cucumber and Ruby for writing tests, which comes with some accolades for being easily understood by those in the non-technical community. While Calabash succeeds best in building a diverse open source community, testing the precise app, writing tests in any language, and using standard automation and APIs are not at seamless. Calabash is backed and developed by Xamarin.

MonkeyTalk Wins In Popularity

MonkeyTalk by Cloud Monkey has a reputation for a broad range of basic to advanced tests for Android and iOS apps that are real-time, functional, and interactive. Also using open source (community edition) for its automated testing, MonkeyTalk is described as a powerful cross-platform tool providing, “a seamless workflow, high productivity, and minimum hassle.” It will record and play test scripts for Android and iOS apps as well as hybrids. According to an article by Stu Stern, Gorilla Logic, in Monkeytalk Alternatives—Which Automation Tool is the best, “While many automation engineers have mastered the available tools for automating web application testing, mobile applications require new kinds of tools that understand the richer palette of user interface components and gestures that comprise modern mobile application interfaces.” Stern introduces MonkeyTalk as a popular mobile app test tool for native Android, iOS, HTML5, and Adobe Flex apps.

The choices for automated mobile app testing are expanding rapidly, but for now these top choices are holding their own in the development community. With the daily research and expansion in mobile and web app development, automated app testing software is one of the most key components to the success of a business app for expanding companies.

Marsha J