AppiumConf 2018 Recap

Hello everybody, I was invited to AppiumConf 2018 held in London, England. It would be fair to say that it was one of the most influencing conferences I have ever attended. Talks were very carefully chosen and they were short enough for not losing people attention. Hope you all get a chance to attend the next one. Here’s a short recap of it.

There were 15 talks during the day. Talks covered a wide range of automation topics such as Using BDD in Appium, Understanding Appium Logs, Communicating different devices in a test, etc…

The opening speech was given by Dan Cuellar and Jason Huggins about The History of Selenium and Appium. It is like a Brief History of Automation in 30 minutes :)

Following to that, Charlene and Charlotte from Capital One Finance talked about adopting BDD practices in the mobile world by using Ruby. Here’s the Ruby gem they used to create a layer on top of Appium.

Then, Daniel Puterman from Applitools talked about their effort to contribute to Appium community. His talk was encouraging people to contribute to Appium and other open source communities.

Next, Wim Selles described his effort to test React Native apps by using Appium. As you know React libraries enabled developers to export two application with one source code. Testing those applications might be a little bit tricky.

Prachi Nagpal talked about the responsive testing of the mobile website by using Galen framework. She did a live demo of its effort during the talk. Galen framework is on the rise as far as I see. There’s always one topic in any automation conference.

Isaac Murchie from Saucelabs talked about How to Read Appium logs. As you know, there are thousands of line of logs produced during Appium execution and it’s crucial to understand them.

Telmo Cordoso explained how they are dealing with native components of Android. By native component, you can think of Turn On/Off Wifi, Setting Battery Level, etc.. It was one of the most technical presentations of the conference as we have seen many Android Debug bridge commands.

Ru Cindrea talked about automation strategy for Unity apps. As Unity apps show only a canvas in Appium inspector, how would you interact with a game screen? She explained the effort they made to create a driver for those kinds of games. It was a mind-opening talk.

Budi Utomo showed a demo for his Docker-Appium solution. You can reach his work on this link. He mixed Android Simulator and Docker for automation purposes. It worths a try if you need to test in simulators.

Rajdeep Varma explained his solution mixing Espresso and Appium to trigger source code level functions. This was a very technical presentation which I enjoyed the most.

Then, I talked about automating a P2P Communication application. As P2P application should be tested on more than one device, it’s very crucial to synchronize those devices during the test. I talked about Testinium’s Restful Synch Service and its extended grid which managed a mobile device lab.

At the end of the day, Kristel Kruustük told her story of becoming an entrepreneur in QA area. It was good to hear that story.

Finally, Jonathan Lipps gave us a speech on Future of Appium and played ukelele with the help of 4 different Appium server. It was very fun to watch it.

This is a brief recap of AppiumConf 2018. You can find the photos on Flickr. :) Here is the link.


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