How to setup a pipeline to release native iOS and Android apps in the cloud

Setting up a release strategy and configuring a pipeline for your web-application can be done in a few hours, even your biggest pal Google can help you with that. But what if you need to do this for a React Native app? Will Google still be your pal?

Based on our experience we can tell you that Google will not give you all the answers. We needed to do a trial and error research and we finally came up with a solid release strategy and a reliable pipeline that builds and tests our React Native app on every pull-request that is created in our codebase.

During this session we wish to explain the trial and error path that we took Tele2 to build has taken from building an on-premises solution with:

  • Mac Mini
  • Jenkins
  • Stash
  • Fastlane

Later, we reached a fully cloud supported solution with:

  • GitHub
  • CircleCI
  • App Center
  • Sauce Labs
 
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Outline/Structure of the Case Study

  • Brief explanation of our project - 5 mins
  • What we did to build our on premises solution - 15 mins
  • Why and how we moved to a fully cloud supported solution including cross-platform Appium tests - 20 mins
  • Q & A - 5 mins

Learning Outcome

  • Setting up CI pipeline with Jenkins, Fastlane and a Mac Mini for native Android and iOS apps;
  • Insights on the challenges we faced with our on-premises solution;
  • Why a fully cloud supported solution worked for us;
  • Pinpoint the exact commit/pull-request when a test started failing;
  • Have very well organised automation test reports of every push.

Target Audience

Anyone that's interested on the tooling and workflow that's part of the automated testing.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic understanding of Continuous Integration is welcome.

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