From Headache to Headless : Hand's on Guide to Running stable UI tests in Continuous Delivery Pipeline

We love to continuously test our websites and apps on real browsers like chrome, firefox and over desktops and mobile devices.But what if you want to run your tests on any device where there is no display especially as part of large CI/CD pipeline.

The best and easiest but least followed approach is to use a headless Environment.

A Headless Environment is a device or a web browser without a graphical user interface, controlled programmatically and generally used for testing and common automation purposes like taking screenshots, scraping websites etc.

At this talk we will learn how to leverage the headless browsers and devices to solve the challenges of growing testing infrastructure and continuous delivery with key focus on below items.

  • Basics of the headless browsers and devices and specifically it’s application on the test automation.
  • How Headless Tests can reduce the time of test execution, ease the setup of clean test environments and drastically reduce the differences between the development, acceptance and production environments leading to the higher quality of the released software.
  • Examples to run both web and mobile (android)UI tests headlessly with major automation tools like selenium and appium.
  • Integrating and managing headless tests to optimize continuous delivery pipeline.
  • Sharing Best practices and patterns for success with headless environments from our experience of using it for more than a year.

Outline/Structure of the Demonstration

1.Challenges in Delivering and Scaling UI Testing - 5 min

2.Headless environments basics and advantages - 5 min

3.Testing on headless browsers and devices - 10 min

4.Live Demonstration of Web and Mobile (android) Headless UI Tests - 15 min

5.Best Practices for Execution and Debugging - 5 min

6.Questions and Answers - 5 min

people can do hands on after the session or later on.

Learning Outcome

You will Learn

  • Headless environments i.e browsers and devices, how it works and why its important to testing
  • Running your existing UI tests with selenium and appium headlessly
  • Debugging Failures from headless tests
  • Integrate and manage headless inside a CI/CD pipeline
  • Live Examples with selenium and appium for taking your projects ahead.

Target Audience

QA,SDET,Developers,DevOps, Release Engineers

Prerequisites for Attendees

participants who have worked with selenium or appium once

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Pooja Shah
    By Pooja Shah  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Irfan,

    This sounds very useful topic. Awesome title 

      By IRFAN AHMAD  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Pooja,

      Yes, Initially the topic started with a blog post and a discussion at a local meetup but since the blog started getting a lot of organic views so thought of presenting here too.

      • Pooja Shah
        By Pooja Shah  ~  1 year ago
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        somehow had missed the complete message to post, here again:

        Speeding up and reducing infra usage at the same time is something interesting and I see great potential here for "taking away" especially the term "headless mobile devices"

        For mobile devices, is this going to be android specific or for other popular platforms like for iOS, windows as well?

        With headless mobile/web, do attendees get to learn run their existing tests without connecting any real device or running simulators headlessly or a complete headless way? 


        • IRFAN AHMAD
          By IRFAN AHMAD  ~  1 year ago
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          1.For mobile devices, this implementation is specific to Android only for now which will be helpful for testing both mobile web and native apps as well. 

          2.Yes, attendees get to learn run their existing tests based on shared sample projects on github.

          a.In case of web and mobile, they will be able to run their existing tests on headless variants of real browsers.

          b.In case of mobile, we will be able to run their existing tests on running simulators headlessly.





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