July 13, 2017

Notes on Angie Jones, Make Your Automation Behave: Extending Your Framework for BDD (June 28, 2017)

Notes, Make Your Automation Behave: Extending Your Framework for BDD
Given by Angie Jones, held on Jun 28, 2017  
Recording: A Software Test Professionals Webinar (STP)

"When done properly, Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) can drastically improve the communication and understanding of requirements. An additional benefit is being able to utilize the domain-specific language of the requirements to drive test automation. However, like any other automation initiative, when done poorly, this too can fail.
"In this webinar, Angie Jones provides a hands-on technical look into how to:
  • "utilize Gherkin-written scenarios for test automation
  • "write scenarios in a way that promote maintainability and reusability
  • "take advantage of advanced Gherkin functionality such as data tables and objects
  • "tie the scenarios to automation code
  • "incorporate this approach into existing automation frameworks that use the page object model design pattern
  • "share state across multiple steps within a scenario
"Upon completion of this webinar, you’ll have a better understanding of how to:
  • "Enhance your BDD initiative with test automation
  • "Cleanly extend an automation framework to support executable requirement specifications
  • "Support advanced techniques such as data tables and objects within specifications, as well as sharing state through dependency injection".

The Speaker:

Angie Jones"Angie Jones is a Senior Software Engineer in Test at Twitter who has developed automation strategies and frameworks for countless software products. As a Master Inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world".

Speaker Contact Details:

Angie Jones – Senior Software Engineer in Test, Twitter
Twitter: @techgirl1908
LinkedIn: Angie Jones
Website: AngieJones.tech

July 12, 2017

Q & A with Angie Jones @ Ministry of Testing - Boston, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Have you ever been to a film festival where after a film screening the director comes out for a Q & A session? Imagine if we did that with someone from the automated testing lecture circuit? 

Last night, members of the Ministry of Testing - Boston gathered together at Cengage Learning to watch a lecture of automated testing, followed by a live Q & A session by the lecturer.  The lecture for the evening? "The Build that Cried Broken". 

The Speaker:

Angie Jones"Angie Jones is a Senior Software Engineer in Test at Twitter who has developed automation strategies and frameworks for countless software products. As a Master Inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world".

Speaker Contact Details:

Angie Jones – Senior Software Engineer in Test, Twitter
Twitter: @techgirl1908
LinkedIn: Angie Jones
Website: AngieJones.tech


Care to read about Angie Jones' recent job search? Read her latest TechBeacon article,
Recruiting diverse engineering candidates: What tech companies still get wrong
at 

July 11, 2017

New MoT-Boston Meetup with Angie Jones tonight!

Right now, I am heading to another Ministry of Testing - Boston meetup. Tonight's special guest will be Angie Jones! 

Like a director hosting a Q & A session at a film festival after a movie has been screened, after watching her April 2017 "The Build That Cried Broken" http://youtu.be/VotJqV4n8ig Angie Jones, newly employed at Twitter, will be giving a talk via webconference. 

We have 20 people signed up. I hope at least 15 show! 

I swear, we have four hundred new members since January 2017 (700 total) and only ten might show on average. I wonder if it is the location, if iZotope or Cengage Learning are too out of the way? 

I have an enormous bag of swag to give away. SmartBear hoodies, pens and stickers. Sauce Labs T-Shirts and bike reflectors. Ministry of Testing stickers and pins. I just have more swag than attendees!

It was a good day today. I gave an hour presentation and demo on this Summer's Appiuum projects. I think it went well!

Here's hoping!

-T.J. Maher
Twitter | LinkedIn | GitHub

// Sr. QA Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Software Tester since 1996.
// Contributing Writer for TechBeacon.
// "Looking to move away from manual QA? Follow Adventures in Automation on Facebook!"

July 3, 2017

30 Days of Performance Testing, sponsored by the Ministry of Testing!

From the Ministry of Testing UK Dojo: https://dojo.ministryoftesting.com/lessons/30-days-of-performance-testing

"30 Days of Testing is back! The theme is Performance Testing and this challenge has been kindly sponsored by PerfGuild.

"Below is a list of 30 challenges and a bonus challenge, one for each day of the month. Save it somewhere. Print it out. Stick it on your wall. Let’s do this!"

"The goal is to tick off as many of the challenges as you can. You can do this in your own timeframe, or you can join us in our joint community effort. We will be encouraging others to share their progress from the 1st of July 2017.

"You may have an image to share, a blog post, a video, status update, whatever it is! Come and participate!

"Here is how you can share your progress:




... Would you like to participate? Are you part of the Ministry of Testing - Boston? Use the hashtag #MOTB to signify you are from the Ministry of Testing - Boston.

Thank you so much Joe Colantonio of TestTalks.com and Mark from Ministry of Testing - Philly and all the rest for coming up with this original event!

Go to https://dojo.ministryoftesting.com/lessons/30-days-of-performance-testing and print out the image found, post it on your company's bulletin board. See how many your QA team at work can do!



-T.J. Maher
Twitter | LinkedIn | GitHub

// Sr. QA Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Software Tester since 1996.
// Contributing Writer for TechBeacon.
// "Looking to move away from manual QA? Follow Adventures in Automation on Facebook!"

June 26, 2017

Notes from Zero to Continuous Delivery with Jenkins Pipeline and Blue Ocean

On-Demand Webinar: Zero to Continuous Delivery with Jenkins Pipeline and Blue Ocean
Register to watch it online here! https://pages.cloudbees.com/0621-webinar-zero-to-cd-with-blue-ocean-registration

"Jenkins has long been the hub of continuous delivery. Jenkins Pipeline, however, now brings a whole new world of possibilities. This video shows get started with Jenkins Pipeline and implement a complete, practical continuous delivery process from start to finish.

"This webinar shows you how to:
  • "Create a Declarative Pipeline for a Java and Node.js Project with the Blue Ocean Editor
  • "Safely iterate on a Jenkins Pipeline to add Build, Test, Analyze, and Deploy stages
  • "Launch different Docker agents for each stage
  • "Run stages in Parallel to improve Pipeline throughput
  • "Manually control promotion using the "input" step

June 20, 2017

Are you a software tester? Take the State of Testing Survey 2017, by SmartBear!

Tonight was wonderful! The Ministry of Testing - Boston gathered together in Assembly Square, Somerville, MA at the headquarters of SmartBear, maker of automated testing toolsets such as  SoapUI, SwaggerHub, and TestComplete.

SmartBear walked us through their entire testing process... They gave us so much information, it is going to take a few days for me to compile my notes!

In the meantime, drop what you are doing and fill out their survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/smartbear-state-of-testing-survey-social



























Happy Testing!

-T.J. Maher
Twitter | LinkedIn | GitHub

// Sr. QA Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Software Tester since 1996.
// Contributing Writer for TechBeacon.
// "Looking to move away from manual QA? Follow Adventures in Automation on Facebook!"

June 18, 2017

My fifth article was published on TechBeacon! "How QA can build quality into your software pipeline"

I forgot to mention... Back on May 30th, my fifth article from TechBeacon was published: "How QA can build quality into the software pipeline"!

TechBeacon always finds the cutest opening graphics for my articles!








... I do prefer my original title, which referred to the changing definition of quality as you moved from being a manual tester to an automation developer.

I can't believe it was a year ago that Rob Mitchell, Managing Editor of TechBeacon gave me a call February of 2016 after I inquired about writing for HPE's online magazine... but I had never written professionally before. What the heck do I write about?

June 17, 2017

Notes from Eran Kinsbruner talk, The Digital Quality Handbook: Guidefor Achieving Continuous Quality in a DevOps Reality (June 13, 2017)

When the Ministry of Testing - Boston met up on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, that evening's guest was Eran Kinsbruner, Mobile Technical Evangelist at Perfecto Mobile, talk about his book, The Digital Quality Handbook: Guide for Achieving Continuous Quality in a DevOps Reality, just released on April 28, 2017!

Perfecto sponsored the Ministry of Testing - Boston event. Thank you so much for setting up the event, along with the the refreshments, Lindsay!



About the The Digital Quality Handbook:


According to Amazon:
"As mobile and web technologies continue to expand and basically drives large organizational business in virtually every vertical or industry, it is critical to understand how to take existing release practices for mobile and web apps to the next level, including software development life cycle (SDLC), tools, quality, etc. Organizations which are already enjoying the power of digital are still struggling with various challenges that can be related to many factors, such as:

June 5, 2017

What happens behind the scenes as Appium installs and launches an Android app? Examining and footnoting a log file.

This is part seven of of a seven-part blog series. Care to go back to the beginning?

Have you ever wondered what is happening behind-the-scenes as Appium launches an app? Well, there is one way to find out...

Today, we will be taking a look at the log files captured in the Appium console, generated after I launch the APIDemos-debug.apk Android app, with the help of Appium, onto an Android emulator.

... Actually, this blog article wasn't written in a day. It took more than a few weekends to thoroughly research everything... and I do mean everything!

There are possible errors or questions on the inner workings on Appium, with insightful statements such as ... "Huh? What's this?" ... They are highlighted in red.

Is there anything I am wrong about? Please let me know! I am a complete novice when it comes to Appium (although, I have been hideously busy).  I only started learning it in March of 2017. The reason I am blogging about this is because I actually want you to comment if I am completely off-base, or if I am error about the inner workings of Appium or the world of Android development.

June 4, 2017

Notes: Automation, Selenium WebDriver, and PageObjects with AndrewBoyer (5/31/2017)

Have you ever wanted to learn about Automated Testing but wasn't sure where to start?

Members of the Ministry of Testing - Boston met last week to listen and bring questions to Andrew Boyer, a Software Developer in Test who has worked at both Google and Amazon. Andrew talked with us Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 about Functional Web Automation using Selenium WebDriver. 

Andrew Boyer, SDET

About the Speaker:

Andrew Boyer has worked in the software industry for more than twenty years, for companies as small as ten people, and as large as Google and Amazon. Working at times as a developer, tester, or even a sales engineer, he focuses now on process improvements and creating automation frameworks. He believes good automation is accessible to all job roles, and improves not just the quality of the shipping product, but also the velocity of the engineering organization.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-boyer-4a00685/

June 1, 2017

Moshe Milman, COO of Applitools, speaks to the Ministry of Testing - Boston (5/23/2017)

We had a special guest on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 coming to speak to the Ministry of Testing - Boston!

Moshe Milman, COO and co-creator of Applitools gave a talk to the Ministry of Testing - Boston called "Advanced Test Automation Techniques For Responsive Apps And Sites". The event was sponsored by Cengage Learning, a twelve minute walk from South Station in Boston, MA, at 20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA.

May 31, 2017

Build a Basic Appium Framework: Download the tests and run them on your own MacBook!

This is part five of of a seven-part blog series. Care to go back to the beginning?

Now that we have set up a rudimentary framework, now it's time for you to download the framework we have created onto your own local machine. We will be using IntelliJ's built in feature... But you could easily use GitHub Desktop or could even use Git.

... Do you have a GitHub account? Get one! Then go through the tutorials they show you. They can teach you more than this blog ever could.

May 30, 2017

Build a Basic Appium Framework: Set up the Page Objects, Page Factories and Tests

This is part four of of a seven-part blog series. Care to go back to the beginning?

Now, let's wrap things up by setting up a few Page Objects, add the Page Factory pattern to these building blocks we are creating, and then compose the test we designed all the way in Part Two.

BeforeSuite and AfterSuite Annotations


First things first... Remember how we made in the last chapter installing and launching the app itself the test?

Let's change that, placing it in a @BeforeSuite annotation from TestNG.

May 20, 2017

Build a Basic Appium Framework: Install and Launch an App Using Desired Capabilities

This is part three of of a seven-part blog series. Care to go back to the beginning?

INTERLUDE: Overheard at my workplace... 

"Now, type on the next line, Capital-D, DesiredCapabilities, one word! Then space, the word 'caps', space, equals sign, the word 'new', Capital-D DesiredCapabilities, one word! Open-parentheses, then close-parentheses, semi-colon.

"... On the right side of the equation, we just declared a new instance of the class DesiredCapabilities, part of the Selenium WebDriver library. To the left of the equation, we are placing that value in a variable we are calling "caps", and declaring that also to be of type DesiredCapabilities...

"... Why is the word DesiredCapabilities underlined in red in our editor? We haven't imported the library into our 'Smoketest.java' class. On the MacBook, it is CTRL+Enter to import. Press those keys at the same time right after you see the DesiredCapability IntelliJ tooltip. That is IntelliJ IDEA's 'Intellisense' feature..."

So far, I have spent two half-hour pair-programming sessions attempting to train a manual tester on my team how to do automation development. It's not exactly the blind-leading-the-blind, but it is pretty darned close.

I've only been doing automation development for the past two years, hopping around from Selenium WebDriver + Java at Fitbit, Nightwatch Js + JavaScript + NodeJs for a few months at Good Start Genetics. And I only have been teaching myself Appium since March since I signed up for this six month contract at Stop & Shop's parent company, where we are designing the next generation of mobile apps for Stop & Shop, Giant Food, and Martin's.

I have been working really hard to prove my worth over the past three months as a contractor:
  • Checking to see if we can used a favored automation tool used at this company, SerenityBDD, for mobile apps. (Answer? There really isn't that much documentation or support on it). 
  • Exploring Appium Desktop, using that as a teaching tool to explain setting up an Appium environment
  • Putting together the basic Appium framework 

My latest pet project is seeing if through one-on-one training I can get a manual testers to be able to design their first automated test, then add it to my basic test framework in a pull request... all in just ten half-hour sessions.

One roadblock, besides the fact I only started teaching myself Appium + Java in March when I was hired for this contract position? I can't shake this cold I caught two weeks ago, and I keep on losing my voice. My voice is a bullfrog croak and end up shouting in my trainee's ear too loudly as I try to excitedly improvise a lesson for my first test subject, a former SysAdmin who now is a manual tester on our project. He has some tinkering in Java, but not much.

"Okay -- brace yourself! This next code block will contain a lot of typing..."

Rule Number One: Trainees have to type everything out. Every semi-colon. Every statement. Every code block.

Rule Number Two: No wizards except the first one to set up the initial project. I walked him through creating a new Gradle + Java project with IntelliJ IDEA with the New Project Wizard. How to create a new directory off of the root directory called "src". How to create a sub-directory called "test". And another one called "java".

Rule Number Three: Trainees have to do their own searching. Do we need to import a new Java library into our project? I tell the trainee to Google the word "Maven Repository". I describe to him how to go to and search the Mvnrepository.com site for a third party dependency for Appium's Java-Client library. I tell him to copy-and-paste the code from the "Gradle" tab and back into our build.gradle file, in the 'Dependencies' code block.

Rule Number Four: I saw on Twitter recently this question by a beginning programmer:

  • Is it okay to copy-and-paste code? 
  • To copy? Yes. To paste? No.
... I am trying to have the trainee follow this dictum.

... Okay, enough about work. Let's get back to learning about DesiredCapabilities, where we match the Appium Server that is running with the Android emulator that is running. Three questions though...


May 18, 2017

New published article! "Coding is key to a test automation career: Are you prepared?"

I just published my fourth article for TechBeacon!



Coding is key to a test automation career: Are you prepared?

Want to know all the resources I have used to study automation development? Give it a read!

As Always .... Happy Testing!
-T.J. Maher
Twitter | LinkedIn | GitHub

// Sr. QA Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Software Tester since 1996.
// Contributing Writer for TechBeacon.
// "Looking to move away from manual QA? Follow Adventures in Automation on Facebook!"

May 17, 2017

How to create and launch an Android emulator from Android Studio

Today, let's walk through how to create and launch an Android emulator with Android Studio.


What does an Android Emulator Consist Of?


"The Android Emulator runs a full Android system stack, down to the kernel level, that includes a set of preinstalled apps (such as the dialer) that you can access from your apps. You can choose which version of the Android system you want to run in the emulator when creating AVDs.

"The Android system images available through the AVD Manager contain code for the Android Linux kernel, the native libraries, the VM, and the various Android packages (such as the Android framework and preinstalled apps)". - Developer.Android.com, Run Apps on the Android Emulator



Do You Have Android Studio Downloaded?


First things first! Do you have Android Studio downloaded and installed?



May 16, 2017

Build a Basic Appium Framework: Design a Basic Test, Examining Mobile Elements

This is part two of of a seven-part blog series. Care to go back to the beginning

Last blog post, we reviewed installation and setup. For this one, let's write a simple mobile automation test, for this app, then investigate all mobile elements involved, with Appium Desktop.

The app we will be testing, ApiDemos-debug.apk

Our Basic Test:
  • Fire up the app, make sure the title on the first screen says “API Demos”
  • Select the “Text” button. Make sure that “LogTextBox” appears as an option.
  • Select “LogTextBox”. Make sure that the “Text/LogTextBox” header appears.
  • Select the ADD button.
  • Assert that the words “This is a test” appears in the panel.

May 15, 2017

Build a Basic Appium Framework: Review How to Inspect Mobile Apps with Appium Desktop

For this next blog series, we will be building a basic Appium Framework built on top of the information gathered in the Learning Appium Desktop series. This basic mobile automation test framework we will be constructing will consist of:

  • Appium Desktop: To investigate the app we will be writing automated tests for, and to start up an Appium server on our local machine. ( Official GitHub site
  • An Android Emulator: Created by Android Studio and the Android Virtual Machine (AVM) Manager, connected to your local computer with the Android Debug Bridge ("adb"). ( Official Developer.Android.Com site on emulators )
  • The code will be written in the Java Client version of Appium using a MacBook and IntelliJ as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Although Android Studio, IntelliJ, and Android .apk files run on both Windows and Macs, the next version of this project will consist of emulated iPhones, iPads and Apple .ipa files use XCode, which (as far as I know) doesn't work on Windows machines. ( Official Github for appium/java-client )
  • Tests will be kicked off using TestNG. I like the annotations and the built in ability to have parallel tests running. We won't explore it in this particular series, but we will later. ( See the official TestNG site ).  
  • It will use Hamcrest, a Java matcher program in order to create very readable tests. (Official site for http://hamcrest.org/ )
I will be attempting to finish code walkthrough over the next two weeks on a Monday / Wednesday / Friday publishing schedule.

May 14, 2017

Building a Basic Appium Mobile Testing Framework

This weekend, I finally wrote my first Appium framework! I've been wanting to do that for a while! It uses Appium + Java + TestNG + Hamcrest + the Page Object Pattern + Page Factories.

ApiDemos-debug.apk is the application under test. Check out the framework at my GitHub site!

I am halfway finished through a code walkthrough I can place on my blog, a series in five parts. It should be ready in a few weeks. The goal is to give manual testers a glimpse in how an Appium framework could be created. It'll have instructions on how to download and run the tests.

Happy Testing!

-T.J. Maher
Twitter | LinkedIn | GitHub

// Sr. QA Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Software Tester since 1996.
// Contributing Writer for TechBeacon.
// "Looking to move away from manual QA? Follow Adventures in Automation on Facebook!"

May 12, 2017

Tues, June 13th: Book Talk: Eran Kinsbruner, The Digital Quality Handbook: Guide for Achieving Continuous Quality in a DevOps Reality, in Cambridge, MA

Come hear Eran Kinsbruner, Mobile Technical Evangelist at Perfecto Mobile, talk about his just released book, The Digital Quality Handbook: Guide for Achieving Continuous Quality in a DevOps Reality, just released on April 28, 2017!

Perfecto Mobile will be sponsoring this Ministry of Testing - Boston event. Pizza and soda will be served.

About the The Digital Quality Handbook:

According to Amazon:
"As mobile and web technologies continue to expand and basically drives large organizational business in virtually every vertical or industry, it is critical to understand how to take existing release practices for mobile and web apps to the next level, including software development life cycle (SDLC), tools, quality, etc. Organizations which are already enjoying the power of digital are still struggling with various challenges that can be related to many factors, such as:

May 9, 2017

Tues. May 23rd: Moshe Milman, COO of Applitools will be giving a talk to Ministry of Testing - Boston:

We have a special guest on Tuesday, May 23rd coming to speak to the Ministry of Testing - Boston!

Moshe Milman, COO and co-creator of Applitools will be giving a talk to the Ministry of Testing - Boston about the Best Practices for Responsive Web Design. This event will be sponsored by Cengage Learning. Please RSVP only if you are planning to attend so we can get an accurate headcount when it comes to refreshments.

Where to Meet:

Cengage Learning is a twelve minute walk from South Station. It is at 20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA.

May 7, 2017

What happens when you ask the Twitterverse: "How Can a Manual Tester Switch To Automation?"

So, I asked the Twitterverse a question... How Can Manual Testers Switch to Automation? ... Here are the responses I received from:
  • Rosie Sherry and Richard Bradshaw, Ministry of Testing UK
  • Jason Huggins, creator of the first version of Selenium, founder of Sauce Labs and Tapster.
  • Alan Richardson, EvilTester.com
  • Dave Haeffner, ElementalSelenium.com
  • Bas Dijkstra, author of the blog OnTestAutomation.com and a free open-source workshop on REST Assured.
  • Brendan Connolly, author of the blog AssertThis!
  • Angie Jones, from AngieJones.Tech.
  • Jim Holmes, from FrazzledDad.com.
Enjoy!

May 4, 2017

Brian Jordan, Automated Testing for the Non (and FUTURE!) Coder: Notes from his talk with the Ministry of Testing - Boston

Do you have a cool software testing technique that you would like to share with an appreciative audience? Have you been working with a new automation tool, and want to share your thoughts about it? Come give a talk to the Ministry of Testing - Boston! We meet twice a month all around Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.

How can you become a speaker for our group? Just ask!



On Tuesday, May 2nd, Brian Jordan, formerly from Code.Org talked about techniques used to test the lesson plans he was generating to allow kids from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade to learn how to code.

Thank you, Moshe Milman, the COO of Applitools for sponsoring that night's food and beverage! I still need to confirm the location for your talk to us in two weeks.

And thank you so much, Tomer from iZotope for letting our group crash at your place once again! If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't have a Meetup!


April 25, 2017

Learning Appium Desktop: Inspecting an app with Appium Desktop

This is Part 6 of 6. Care to go back to the beginning?

So far we have:
  • Learned how to install Appium Desktop which bundles Appium with an inspector we can use to inspect our applications. 
  • Studied how to connect an Android device via USB through the Android Command Line tool adb.
  • Connected to the device via WiFi. 
  • Learned how to set up an emulated Android device.

With this blog post we are going to:
  • Inspect an app with Appium Desktop 
  • Before we need to do that, we need to find an app's Desired Capabilities!

April 21, 2017

Ministry of Testing - Atlanta and Llewellyn Falco crash a MoT-Boston Lean Coffee!

I really didn't expect many people to show up for this month's Lean Coffee at John Harvard's Brewery in Harvard Square. We've been getting around five to ten people showing up since I held the first one back in February. Six people signed up for the Meetup event, so I expected maybe it would be four people in attendance? Me plus three? This time, though, I was in for a surprise!

I've been reaching out to other Ministry of Testing chapters here in the United States. Philly. Portland, Oregon. Atlanta. Likewise, Claire Moss, co-organizer of MoT-Atlanta, while she was attending a Boston area Agile conference, has been looking to connect to other MoT groups. Her motto on her business card? "Using my evil powers for good!"

MoT-Boston meets MoT-Atlanta. It's T.J. and Claire!

April 20, 2017

Learning Appium Desktop: Find the Desired Capabilities: appPackage and appActivity. Bug in AAPT if giving just appName

This is Part 5 of 6. Care to go back to the beginning? Come back in a few days to see the next part!

When I tried running Appium Desktop, I came across some problems. I decided on using as a sample Android app, a pre-compiled one referred to me by an Introduction to Appium using Ruby by Dave Haeffner. https://github.com/appium/ruby_lib/blob/master/android_tests/api.apk
First, I started an emulator using Android Studio. Then, I started Appium Desktop.
Then I pressed: Select Start Server v1.6.4-beta -> Select Start New Session

For Desired Capabilities:
Appium can interact with a mobile app in a few ways:
  • Is the app already on the emulator or actual device? You need to find the package name and the activity name of the app you want to run, and pass that into the DesiredCapabilities.
  • You can pass the .apk into the app field of the DesiredCapabilities, and Appium will install the app itself. You won't have to:  adb -s emulator-5554 install myapp.apk
That didn't work. I noticed a few errors when looking at the Appium Server.

April 19, 2017

Learning Appium Desktop: Setting up Android Emulators with Android Virtual Device Manager, choosing Android operating system version

This is Part 4 of 6. Care to go back to the beginning? Tune in tomorrow to see the next part!

Ever since April 2009, when version 1.5 of the Android mobile operating system was released, the operating systems have been code-named some type of dessert.

Android supports, at the time of this blog post, Android 6.0 (Marshmallow, API Level 23, Released October 5, 2015), Android 7.0 (Nougat, API Level 24, Released August 22, 2016), and Android 7.1.1 (Nougat, API Level 25, October 4, 2016).

We'll be setting up using Android Virtual Device Manager two virtual Android devices.

April 18, 2017

Learning Appium Desktop: Setting up remote devices through WiFi

This is Part 3 of 6. Care to go back to the beginning? Tune in tomorrow to see the next part!

Yesterday, we talked all about connecting Android devices to your computer through a USB cable. What we didn’t cover was that you can also do this through WiFi!

Why is this important?

Imagine that you are an automation developer who wants to test on real devices. Instead of being forced to have each and every device attached to your computer with a tangle of USB cables, you can have all devices locked down in a lab.

With an automation test you can:
  • Install an Android app on a remote device.
  • Start up the Android app
  • Run your test.
  • Uninstall the app.

… All while connected to the WiFi!

April 17, 2017

Learning Appium Desktop: How to Connect To Your Android Device Using the Android SDK, the Android Command Line Tools, and the Android Debug Bridge (adb)

This is Part 2 of 6. Care to go back to the beginning? Tune in tomorrow to see the next part!

Last blog post, we went over how to get the Appium Server running on a Macbook, through the new Appium Desktop product.

With this post, we are going to cover:
  • Installing the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) on our Macbook through installing Android Studio
  • How to use some command line tools such as adb 
  • How to connect your Android devices wirelessly to your system

What is the Android SDK?

From Webotopia: "A software development kit that enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. The Android SDK includes sample projects with source code, development tools, an emulator, and required libraries to build Android applications. Applications are written using the Java programming language and run on Dalvik, a custom virtual machine designed for embedded use which runs on top of a Linux kernel".

April 12, 2017

SeConf2017: Microsoft is automating Windows, Intuit automating Mac Apps, all with Appium!

Star-Driver: Appium for the Future with Dan Cuellar
Joe Colantonio, Test Talks

https://youtu.be/aWo6aOWbCsc

"Apr 7, 2017 - It was an honor to finally meet one of my open-source heroes Dan Cuellar the creator of Appium. We had a quick chat at Selenium Conference 2017 in Austin and Dan was cool enough to let me interview him on camera. Dan shared his vision for Appium to be able to automate all things not just mobile apps".