What application developer? ‘This application is pathetic,’ ‘This

What could be the scariest words for an application
developer? ‘This application is pathetic,’ ‘This app has too many bugs and it’s
not worth its name,’ or ‘It is a scam as this application doesn’t even function
properly,’ etc. would turn out to be a nightmare for an android application
developer.

So, what is the requirement eventually? When an application
is published on Google Play, it is required for it to be free of bugs and
apparent technical glitches. A series of testing process needs to be carried
out before the application is broadcasted for user’s use. In order to safeguard
the testing effort, testing tool for Android App called Selendroid comes into the
picture.

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Selendroid is an automated test framework for multiple mobile
application including native and hybrid android application as well as for
mobile web.

SELENDROID & ITS FEATURES:

One of the best frameworks for testing android apps,
Selendroid is an open source automation framework that helps enable the user
interface of the android native, hybrid and mobile web app. It is based on the
instrumentation framework of the Android and the tests are simply written using
the Selenium 2 client API. To use Selendroid, you should have the knowledge
base of using Selenium. The automation framework is thus, used on real devices
and emulators and is integrated as a node into the Selenium Grid for scaling
and parallel testing.

The following are the features of Selendroid:

1.      
It is an open source: Selendroid, as mentioned
before, is an open source test mobile automation tool that has a built-in
element inspector that enables quick script development. Although it only
supports Java Language for scripting, the built-in inspector tool checks the
user interface element of the application during the test and in turn, helps in
developing varied test cases for the developer. One of the most imperative features
of the tool is that you are not required to modify the application during the
test as you are only required to install the binary file into your computer. The
only requirement to be considered is that both, the test app as well as the
mobile app must be signed in with the same key during installation.

2.      
Supports all Android Versions: The most functional
feature of Selendroid is that the testing tool can be easily used on multiple
devices or simulators which act as the biggest advantage to the developers. This
enables the developer to test the application with various android devices simultaneously
so as to check its compatibility. From API 10 to API 19, Selendroid supports
all the new ANDROID API versions and so, the testing tool immediately recognizes
the new device automatically while testing without the need to restart or stop
the test in the middle. It is an easier option to change the hardware devices
(plug and unplug) during the test.

3.      
Easy to Implement: In order to automate the
testing tool, you needn’t modify the application under test as you only need to
install the binary file (APK) on the computer. As mentioned above, the
Selendroid has the Selendroid Inspector which is already embedded inside the
testing server which helps to inspect the current status of the application’s UI.
It automatically displays the source HTML of a web view and also records the
click actions making it easy for it to be implemented. Selendroid supports
advanced UI API in which human user actions such as swipe, touch, drag and drop
etc. on an application can be simulated easily for more comprehensive testing
and implementation.

4.      
Effective while Executing Native Applications as
well as Cloud Based Applications: Since it is an open source, Selendroid
supports Selenium language script and is compatible with other web driver
languages including Java, C#,Perl etc. While executing native apps and cloud
based apps, it verifies object recognition using the object properties and
thus, makes it easier for the tester to implement the testing tool to achieve
the desired output.

5.      
Works on Emulators and Real Devices: Since it is
not an easy task to validate each and every application that is being produced
as it is a time-consuming effort and also, the android applications, mobile versions
etc. are not constant; the tester may find it difficult to define the scope of
the entire test. Hence, to conquer this dependency on device, emulators are
being created that provide real-time like environment to test the application
and their versions. This testing is automated to ensure faster outcome using
scripting language. This feature is highly advantageous wherein the
compatibility of the testing app can be determined n various emulators and
android devices simultaneously.

 

SETTING UP & TESTING USING SELENDROID

The Selendroid tools works
effectively on Windows, Linux as well as Mac OS and to understand its process,
let’s understand the process by using the tool on Window OS. In order to set up
the Selendroid testing tool for your application, following steps need to be
implemented:

1.      
The foremost requirement is to create the
environment for the testing tool and for that, you need to first, download and install
JAVA SDK (minimum 1.6) software, the latest version of Android SDK, plug in at
least one real Android Device or AVD into the computer along with Eclipse
Software, Selendroid Standalone with dependencies, Selendroid Client and
Selenium Client. Now you need to setup the Android Home and Java Home on your
computer and the appropriate environment is created.

2.      
The next step is to download and launch the
Selendroid Test App and Selendroid Standalone jar and give the run command on
your computer. This is done with the help of the following command:            

java
-jar selendroid-standalone-0.11.0-with-dependencies.jar -app
selendroid-test-app-0.11.0.apk

Once,
you hit the run command, the Selendroid server will start on your system. This will
identify the Android target version, any emulator running and any hardware
Android device attached to the computer.

 

The default port number of the server is 4444 which will start
automatically once you hit the run command on your computer for the testing
tool to start functioning. There is also a possibility for you to change the
port number by adding parameter to the command.

3.      
The next step is to create a Java Project, build
Selendroid Standalone Libraries, Selenium Jars and JUnit libraries in the build
path of your computer. You need to create a package under the Java Project and
write the required code in the class created under the package. Once it is
done, all you need to do is run the class with testing run configuration.

With the help of four components i.e. Web Driver client, Selendroid
Server, Android Driver App and Selendroid-stand alone, you can use the automated
testing tool on any real device or emulators to test android native app, hybrid
app as well as the web application. It is considered to be a very powerful tool
in today’s era which is guided by e-commerce, mobile networking and online
commerce.

 

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