Appium for Couch Potatoes: An HbbTV Driver
Almost 13 years ago we started with Selenium to automate websites. With Appium we generalised that concept on mobile and just recently entered the Windows and Mac space by adding a Windows and Mac OS driver to the Appium family. Let’s continue our StarDriver quest and enter a (not quite) new sphere: the television. Within the last years, a new standard called Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) evolved with which the latest generation of Smart TVs has been equipped. This standard allows broadcasters to build web apps for their broadcast channels to provide additional context information to the TV stream or videos on demand.
This talk will introduce a new driver to Appium that allows the running of automated tests based on the Webdriver protocol for HbbTV apps on Smart TVs. It will explain not only how the driver works but also how in general other drivers do their job in the Selenium and Appium world. We will look into the challenges that automating an app for a TV device brings and will talk about how anyone can build a driver for anything.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
- History about Selenium and WebDriver
- Fundamentals in automating browsers
- Architecture of an Appium driver for Smart TVs
- Debugging Capabilities
People will learn how browser automation works today and how they can apply the same fundamentals to build an automation driver for arbitrary devices.
Everyone who is interested in how Appium works under the hood and how automation can be realized in arbitrary environments.
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