Why automation? It saves precious time spent in running manually one and the same tests over and over again with each new build of the application. And secondly, it improves the stability of the application and decreases regression bugs by making it easy to run tests after each non-trivial code change or even at the end of each development day.
How about automation testing of mobile applications? Well, this area has always been foggy.
There are lot of tools for web application testing and some of them could fit automation testing of mobile applications either independently, or with an extension. For example, you could use M-eux Test as an extension on top of HP’s Quick Test Professional (QTP). M-eux Test recognizes and activates the GUI objects on the screen of the mobile device while utilizing best automation testing practices already incorporated into QTP. The restriction of M-eux Test comes from the lack of supported OSs – in fact, it supports only Windows Mobile apps (6.x and 5.0 Mobile PC).
What happens if you want to test an iPhone app? Recently Gorilla Logic, an enterprise IT consulting services company has launched free functional testing tool for iPhone apps named FoneMonkey. It provides the ability to capture, edit, and replay user interface tests on iPhone, thus covering the functionality of an iPhone app with automation tests.
Further, FoneMonkey provides options for integrated script editing while playing a recorded scenario, and modifiable assertion checks. Sounds familiar?
I think FoneMonkey will quickly become a standard for iPhone test automation. Besides, the people from Gorilla Logic are handling issues and change requests in no time, there is an extensive and easy-to-follow documentation, and a dedicated forum hosted by the company. If you are into the mobile application development business, I could highly recommend you the tool!