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Meetup “Automated testing & continuous deployment for mobile apps” tomorrow

August 29th, 2012

Mark Prichard from CloudBees, myself, and Matt Solnit from SOASTA will deliver a joint talk Thursday evening at Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group.

Our part of the talk will take an iOS application and a backend Java server, then discuss how you can set up the pipeline of continuous build and test for them on Jenkins. The demo will be based on the CloudBees platform and we think it’s easier to do it that way than setting everything up on your own, but the setup should equally apply to your local Jenkins installation.

The part of the talk from Matt highlights SOASTA’s CloudTest product, which is basically a robot tha emulates user interaction on the device. My understanding of this is that it’s similar to Frank and KIF, but it comes with a recorder that lets you do “programming by example” — you manually interact with the test target app, and the recorder will turn that into a test scenario (Selenium IDE, anyone?)

Apple has locked down the iOS application development and distribution which makes the automated testing setup more painful than it should be, but because of that, I think a talk like this that shows the whole setup is worthwhile.

The event will be Thursday evening, at Yahoo! Campus in Sunnyvale. Please join us if you can. The event is free but requires RSVP. Beer and pizza are provided.

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