Mobile Application Testing Gets Short Shrift

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In the rush to build mobile computing applications, a lot of organizations are taking an iterative approach that asks a lot in the way of forbearance from the average end user.

The assumption is that because a mobile application can be updated comparatively quickly, it’s acceptable to essentially push code out to an app store at a rate that essentially turns every user of that application into a beta tester.

Test Studio for iOSBut Christopher Eyhorn, executive vice president of the Telerik Testing Tools Division, says the problem with that approach is that organizations only get one chance to make a first impression and when it comes to rating applications in an app store, end users can be mercilessly unforgiving. In fact, Eyhorn says it’s pretty hard to recover from a few initial missteps.

A big part of the reason this situation exists, says Eyhorn, is that there is not much in the way of actual application testing tools for mobile applications. Telerik this week moved to address that issue with the release of Test Studio for iOS, which the company says is one of the first comprehensive sets of tools available for testing applications built for Apple iPad and iPhone devices. Test Studio for iOS is based on the same core set of testing technologies that Telerik developed for testing websites. Eyhorn says that Test Studio for iOS is the first testing tool downloadable from the Apple App Store, adds Eyhorn.

There’s nothing wrong with iterative application development as long as the testing process is equally iterative. The problem is that too many developers now see iterative development as way to test applications on live users, especially many of the newbie developers who are taking advantage of the success of the Apple iPad and iPhone to create their first application ever. That may work with a controlled group of users, but most developers don’t have the processes needed to be able to push application updates out to a small set of users. Instead, there is a mad rush to publish applications on the Apple App Store that have not been well vetted and with often predictable results.