Robert V. Binder

Archive for Mobile Apps

A Systematic Methodology for Testing Mobile Apps

June 25, 2012  |  Blog, Mobile Apps, Process, Software Testing  |  No Comments

I’ve developed a systematic methodology to design a mobile app test suite and offer an online course that teaches this methodology. The course assumes manual testing, but is completely applicable to testing with any automated tool.  Click here to view the course notes, which incude a list of specific…

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Panel Discussion on Open Source Testing Tools

A few days ago, I participated in a panel discussion on open source tools for testing at the QUEST conference with the two founders of Selenium: Jason Huggins of Sauce Labs and Simon Stewart of Google.
Before the panel started we chatted a bit with the moderator. We couldn’t come up with…

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The Spreadsheet Experiment

March 10, 2012  |  Blog, Mobile Apps, Software Testing, Technology  |  2 Comments

Having spent many years on the bleeding edge of test automation and model-based testing, I recently tried an experiment to see to what extent Excel could support a test plan for manual testing of mobile apps.
In a earlier post, I explained some of the thinking behind my new course “How…

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The Genesis of How to Test Mobile Apps

February 16, 2012  |  Blog, Mobile Apps, Software Testing, Technology  |  2 Comments

Around December 2011, the millionth mobile app was released. This is is an amazing milestone. It shows how important the mobile space has become and how rapidly it’s evolving.
I wondered, have any of these apps been tested? My guess: probably only a few.  So, I know what will happen — once users get…

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If It Moves, Test It

The FDA has just published a new draft of guidance about mobile technology in FDA-regulated systems. This guidance is open for comment and isn’t binding yet.
So, what does this mean for testing FDA-regulated products with mobile technology?
The draft guidance defines when mobile platforms are considered as part of a regulated system or not. The criteria for inclusion…

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Déjà vu All Over Again – The Mobile Testing Nightmare

I attended a great talk today about testing mobile applications, given by Lee Barnes of Utopia Solutions. It recounted the Rubik’s cube permutations that affect mobile app quality and reliability: multiple stacks, multiple handheld devices/form factors, constrained battery life, constrained memory/processor, variability of wireless connectivity, different behavior in dedicated…

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