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Keynote Mobile Testing Platform Gets a Touch of Appium Scripting


Keynote, recently acquired by Dynatrace LLC is all set to integrate with Appium through plug-ins. This will help to facilitate the automated testing of its web and native iOS and Android apps. The integration with the open source Appium test automation framework joins components such as the cloud-based test bed of real devices. This feature was inherited by the company’s acquisition of Device anywhere back in 2011.

Appium integration is expected to bridge the worlds of developer unit testing and a full-fledged, end-to-end quality assurance (QA) testing, says Keynote.

"What's great about this integration with Appium, is that it just kind of further enables folks from both the development side of house as well as our customers who live in the quality assurance world to basically be able to work better together," company exec Aaron Rudger told ADT Mag in an interview.

He also added that, "It helps us to bridge kind of these two worlds, the world of the QA professional doing these very sophisticated end-to-end cases, and the developer that's writing quick and functional unit tests, and essentially allow them to use those assets together in a more integrated fashion. And so, for the purposes of enhancing and accelerating the process of getting builds pushed through to production, having a common set of tests, that both sides of the house, both development and QA can reference, helps really ensure stronger consistency in the results."

This new move from keynote will allow the development team to use their tool of choice, which will also help to quicken the time to market.

Rudger elaborated that, "If I identify some kind of a bug," he said, "if I'm in the QA side and I identify a bug and I need to go back to development; and it has to do with an integrated representation of the application that includes part of the unit test that the developer ran early on in the cycle; well, if I'm working from the exact same test, it just makes that interaction, that collaboration, a lot easier."

"There's less of the 'he said, she said' with regard to the representation of results consistently," Rudger further added.

The mobile testing platform comes with comprehensive support and access to the cloud-based device test bed. This facilitates testing performed across multiple browsers and OSs which run on actual devices of different types, including smart phones, tablets, wearables etc. The Keynote’s Enterprise edition that's now available with Appium integration starts at $750 per month.