I recently asked some friends for their insights into automated testing tools for iPhone. Based on the feedback (special thanks to Kevin Burr!) and some research, it turns out there are a few expensive commercial services/tools and some emerging and very interesting open source applications, including:
Cucumber (open source)
A good overview of integrating Cucumber with the iPhone -
Here is a video of Cucumber driving an iPhone application -
Google Toolbox for Mac (open source)
UIspec (open source)
Some good blogs with current information on iPhone GUI testing include:
I am involved in a new book that is now out. Members of the local Ottawa tech community have gotten together to produce a new book called “the Entrepreneurial Effect” with the foreword by Terry Matthews. It is a collection of practical lessons learned.
The book is meant to be a knowledge source for those decisions we face as we start and grow our companies, for example, the real story behind risk and investment, how to pick resellers, selling in China, and the only reasons to consider M&As.
It is also worth noting that all the authors have donated their knowledge.
All proceeds of the book will go to support student technology entrepreneurship!
Get implementable advice and support a great cause.
Check it out at: www.entrepreneurialeffect.com
Stay tuned for information on the book launch date which will be on an upcoming evening. It will be an evening worth going to.
The Gartner “Hype Cycle” illustrates the growth, maturity and adoption of technologies. It can be used to determine whether to invest in types of tech – technologies with high user benefit and low time to mainstream acceptance are ripe for investment and implementation, while technologies with minimal user benefit and a long time until mainstream acceptance should be approached with “extreme caution.”
For you ex-Nortel and Nortel types – in case you haven’t seen it – Elizabeth Howell at the Ottawa Business Journal is running a three-part story on Nortel, the first two installments have been published (unfortunately the online versions don’t have the timeline graphics of the print version):
I spent some time recently looking at GUI mock up and associated requirements management applications. I grouped the tools into three categories: general purpose tools that could be used for mock ups, specialized tools oriented towards mock-ups and simulation, and hosted services for mock-ups and collaboration with teams and customers.
My research so far has identified the following -
General Tools for GUI Mock Ups
Specialized Tools for GUI Mock Ups
Hosted Services for GUI Mock Ups and Collaboration
The feedback from several people who have used a variety mock up and simulation tools seem to favor the more general-purpose tools such as Visio and Omnigraffle for general GUI mock ups.
Relative to requirements management, I have never been a big fan of specialized tools (and there are a lot of them on the market, many with big price-tags) and have tended to favor tools such as MS Word, FreeMind mind mapping, Excel and powerpoint as means to capture, analyze and organize requirements.
Still some more research to do, so if anyone has any suggestions based on their experiences please let me know!
Are you an experienced User Experience designer? Drop me a line (email@example.com) – we are always on the look-out for good people to work with on new projects at Purple Forge.
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