Continuous Integration Boosts Mobile App Development

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-04-08 Print this article Print

Meanwhile, SOASTA, a provider of cloud and mobile testing solutions, and CloudBees, a Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, also announced a partnership around continuous integration. As part of the partnership the companies also announced the release of SOASTA’s new Jenkins open source plug-in that enables mobile app developers to build, test and instantly deploy applications in the cloud.

The new Jenkins plug-in is SOASTA’s first open source plug-in. It is an integrated solution to enable continuous integration for mobile development. Kohsuke Kawaguchi, CloudBees architect and creator of Jenkins, optimized the plug-in for Jenkins. It has also been tested and verified on the CloudBees Platform. With the new plug-in, mobile developers can shorten the test cycle and eliminate all manual tasks in the testing process. Developers can obtain the SOASTA plug-in directly from within Jenkins and can learn about it here.

"I appreciate SOASTA's open-sourcing their Jenkins plug-in and collaborating with the Jenkins community," Kawaguchi said in a statement. "SOASTA brings the product expertise and the Jenkins community brings their Jenkins expertise. When we collaborate, it's a win for everyone. We look forward to seeing more companies follow the same path." Users of the over 50,000 Jenkins implementations can immediately use the new Jenkins plug-in with SOASTA’s TouchTest to test apps they build and deploy on the CloudBees Platform.

With SOASTA’s Jenkins plug-in, mobile developers fully automate mobile functional testing, eliminating manual steps that can take from several minutes to many days to complete. The Jenkins plug-in automatically makes apps testable, wakes up and reboots devices, installs the app on them and runs SOASTA’s TouchTest-automated test cases. This adds mobile app functional tests to the automated build process, eliminating manual tests for regression and user experience, resulting in faster builds and time-to-market.

According to the Gartner Report Seven Best Practices for Optimizing Mobile Testing Efforts, "Mobile testing is significantly different from PC testing because of platform diversity, the ever-changing landscape of devices and the fact that some testing tools such as emulators don't offer the same level of test fidelity as a real device.”

“SOASTA and CloudBees offered something I’ve hoped for, but wasn’t sure anyone could deliver,” said Will Pannell, an enterprise software engineer with MediaAgility, in a statement. “After seeing a demo of the solution, I set up working prototype using SOASTA’s free product and the CloudBees Platform.  My client is now ready to roll out a fully-automated iOS and Android delivery framework.”

In a blog post about his experience, entitled “Evolving Toward Agile,” Pannell added: “The other offerings I discovered that support mobile functional testing had obvious shortcomings in one-way-or-another. SOASTA is the only one, to my knowledge, that can support development at enterprise scale.”

In the mobile testing market, the ability to quickly deploy frequent updates is crucial. Together, CloudBees and SOASTA enable mobile developers to leverage Continuous Cloud Delivery, a complete development, testing and deployment solution, to speed up the development cycle. With Continuous Cloud Delivery, developers are able to deploy updates instantly, as soon as the code has been tested and approved.

“SOASTA has been an innovative mobile partner with us,” said Andrew Lee, vice president of business development at CloudBees, in a statement. “Now developers can use one, integrated environment to quickly develop, perform on-device testing and instantly deploy updates.  We're taking Continuous Cloud Delivery and matching the pace of modern, mobile application development.”

“SOASTA is focused on helping enterprises deliver the highest quality user experience while keeping pace with rapid mobile app development,” said Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, in a statement. “CloudBees leads the charge in Continuous Cloud Delivery with the widely accepted Jenkins at the core.  Through working with the Jenkins Community and the CloudBees team, we are pleased to offer another ‘first’ – continuous mobile app testing in the cloud.”


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