Automated Acceptance Testing is one of the essential ingredients of a healthy agile software practice. Unfortunately, attempts to adopt this on mobile usually result in the creation of slow, brittle and highly complex UI tests - where did we go wrong?

This approach is a far cry from the original idea of acceptance testing and does little to improve the reputation of mobile development. Automation is meant to bring confidence – but used in this way, it creates more problems than it solves. This leaves development teams and businesses left on a seemingly never ending quest for the next thing - usually in the guise of a new framework promising to be better than the last e.g. KIF, Calabash, Appium etc.

 
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By revisiting fundamentals, we’ll first understand what ‘Acceptance Tests’ are and their place in the ‘Testing Pyramid’. Then via a simple example of a mobile app, this talk will help us re-discover the alternative to testing users expectations via the UI using a technique known as the ‘SubcutaneousTest’. We’ll see how the UI approach is flawed. And then we’ll refactor our tests to demonstrate how the majority of business logic can be tested via ‘acceptance’ tests – in such a way as to be extensive, fast, and reliable.

Learning Outcome

This approach will show how to reduce regression cycles from days to minutes, at the same time driving improvements in the architecture of mobile software as a result. This improves confidence and allows mobile teams to maintain sustainable progress, ideal for an industry whose demands for constant innovation and change is relentless.

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Mobile developers , SETs, QA Teams

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