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- QA Automation Engineer with 8+ years proven track record of leading and managing cross-functional teams across a broad spectrum of technical projects - Expertise in team management, defining QA metrics, setting automation standards, and executing test plans - Has 7 years of experience testing Java applications - Has 4+ years working in the banking domain, focusing on delivering robust solutions while consistently improving testing processes. - Has 3+ years of experience conducting automated app testing using Appium on different platforms like Android, iOS - Specialized in Functional Automation (Web, Mobile, Backend) - Experienced in Performance Testing with Locust/JMeter - Upper-Intermediate English

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Highly experienced software engineer with over 10 years in QA, leading various QA teams and projects. - Expertise in testing automation tools Appium, Selenium, Cypress, WebDriver, and Protractor; - Experience with Java, Groovy, JavaScript, and TypeScript; - Skilled in creating test automation frameworks for Web UI/API/Mobile platforms; - Proficient in developing test documentation such as test plans, test cases, and incident reports; - Good understanding of systems development life cycle methodology and QA methodology and tools; - Strong knowledge of CI environment configuration and different operating systems (Windows, Linux); - Ability to quickly learn new technologies and approaches and implement them effectively.

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- Experienced software engineer with a strong focus on automation, testing, and DevOps. - Certified SAFe 5 Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the IT field, working with a variety of industries, including payment gateways, healthcare, and natural disaster prevention. - Experience with Appium (3 yr. of experience) and K6 (4 yr. of experience) - Proficient in Performance Testing with K6 and Jmeter - Worked with prominent companies, including Johnson & Johnson, which involved some financial software components or integrations. - Proficient in tools such as Argo-workflow, Jira, Mantis, Azure, Cypress, Selenium, Robot Framework, and Jupyter Notebook. - Upper-Intermediate English. - Availability starting from ASAP

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How and where is Appium used?

Case NameCase Description
Automated Mobile TestingAppium is widely used for automating mobile testing on both Android and iOS platforms. It provides a robust framework for writing and executing test scripts, allowing developers to automate various testing scenarios such as functional testing, regression testing, and performance testing. With Appium, testers can effortlessly interact with mobile apps, simulate user actions, and validate app behavior, ensuring the quality and reliability of mobile applications.
Cross-platform TestingAppium’s unique ability to support cross-platform testing makes it a popular choice for developers. With a single test script, developers can run tests on multiple platforms, including Android and iOS. This significantly reduces the time and effort required for testing, as there is no need to write separate test scripts for each platform. Appium’s cross-platform support allows developers to ensure consistent functionality and user experience across different operating systems.
Parallel TestingAppium supports parallel testing, enabling developers to run multiple tests simultaneously on different devices or emulators. This dramatically improves the efficiency of testing, as it reduces the overall test execution time. By leveraging parallel testing with Appium, developers can increase their test coverage and identify issues across multiple devices in a shorter timeframe, leading to faster release cycles and improved product quality.
Continuous Integration and DeliveryAppium seamlessly integrates with popular Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) tools such as Jenkins, Bamboo, and CircleCI. This integration allows developers to incorporate automated Appium tests into their CI/CD pipelines, ensuring that every code change is thoroughly tested. By automating the testing process with Appium, developers can catch bugs early in the development cycle, prevent regressions, and maintain a high level of code quality throughout the software development lifecycle.
Real Device TestingAppium provides excellent support for testing on real devices, allowing developers to validate their mobile applications on a wide range of physical devices. This is crucial for ensuring compatibility and usability across different device models, screen sizes, and operating system versions. With Appium, developers can easily connect to real devices and execute their tests, replicating real-world user scenarios and identifying any device-specific issues that may impact the app’s performance or functionality.
Cloud TestingAppium offers integration with various cloud-based testing platforms such as Sauce Labs, BrowserStack, and AWS Device Farm. This enables developers to leverage the power of cloud infrastructure to perform scalable and distributed testing on a vast array of real devices and emulators. By utilizing cloud testing with Appium, developers can reduce the cost and complexity of managing physical devices, increase test coverage, and ensure app compatibility across different devices and platforms.

Soft skills of a Appium Developer

Soft skills are essential for an Appium Developer to excel in their role and work effectively in a team environment. These skills complement the technical expertise and contribute to the overall success of the development process.

Junior

  • Communication: Effectively communicate with team members and stakeholders to understand requirements and provide updates on progress.
  • Adaptability: Quickly adapt to changes in project scope or requirements and handle unexpected challenges.
  • Problem-Solving: Analyze and troubleshoot issues to find practical solutions and ensure the smooth functioning of the Appium framework.
  • Attention to Detail: Pay close attention to detail while writing test scripts and executing test cases to ensure accurate and reliable results.
  • Collaboration: Work collaboratively with other team members and actively contribute to discussions and problem-solving sessions.

Middle

  • Leadership: Take ownership of tasks and guide junior team members, providing mentorship and support.
  • Time Management: Effectively prioritize tasks and manage time to meet project deadlines without compromising quality.
  • Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking skills to identify areas for improvement in the Appium testing process and propose innovative solutions.
  • Client Interaction: Interact with clients to understand their requirements, provide technical guidance, and ensure client satisfaction.
  • Conflict Resolution: Resolve conflicts and disagreements within the team, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in the Appium framework and implement best practices.
  • Presentation Skills: Present project updates, test results, and recommendations to stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.

Senior

  • Project Management: Take responsibility for overseeing multiple projects, ensuring timely delivery and adherence to quality standards.
  • Strategic Thinking: Develop strategies for efficient test automation, optimize test coverage, and improve overall testing processes.
  • Team Management: Lead a team of Appium developers, providing guidance, mentoring, and fostering professional growth.
  • Client Relationship Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, understanding their needs and effectively addressing concerns.
  • Quality Assurance: Implement quality assurance measures to ensure the reliability, scalability, and performance of the Appium framework.
  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential risks and develop contingency plans to mitigate risks and minimize project disruptions.
  • Innovation: Drive innovation by exploring new technologies, tools, and methodologies to enhance the Appium testing process.
  • Decision-Making: Make informed decisions based on analysis, experience, and industry best practices to drive project success.

Expert/Team Lead

  • Technical Leadership: Provide technical guidance and expertise to the team, resolving complex technical challenges and ensuring high-quality deliverables.
  • Strategic Planning: Develop long-term strategies for Appium testing, aligning them with overall business objectives and future growth.
  • Process Improvement: Continuously evaluate and optimize the Appium testing process to enhance efficiency, productivity, and quality.
  • Collaboration with Stakeholders: Collaborate with stakeholders to understand their goals and align the Appium testing strategy accordingly.
  • Team Building: Recruit, train, and mentor new team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Industry Knowledge: Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices to drive innovation and maintain a competitive edge.
  • Strategic Partnerships: Establish strategic partnerships with vendors, tools providers, and industry experts to leverage resources and enhance capabilities.
  • Thought Leadership: Share insights and expertise through conference presentations, publications, and participation in industry forums.
  • Performance Management: Evaluate team performance, provide constructive feedback, and implement performance improvement plans as necessary.
  • Budget Management: Manage project budgets, ensuring optimal utilization of resources and cost-effective delivery of projects.
  • Risk Management: Identify and mitigate risks, proactively addressing potential issues and ensuring project success.

TOP 10 Appium Related Technologies

  • Languages

    Appium supports multiple programming languages such as Java, Python, Ruby, and JavaScript. Choose the language that you are most comfortable with or that best suits your project requirements.

  • Frameworks

    Appium can be integrated with various frameworks like TestNG, JUnit, Pytest, and Mocha. These frameworks provide additional features and functionalities to enhance your test automation process.

  • IDEs

    Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) like Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and Visual Studio Code are commonly used for Appium software development. These IDEs offer features like code suggestions, debugging tools, and project management capabilities.

  • Version Control Systems

    Git, SVN, and Mercurial are popular version control systems used in Appium development. They allow developers to track changes, collaborate with team members, and revert to previous versions if needed.

  • Continuous Integration

    Tools like Jenkins, Travis CI, and CircleCI can be used to set up a continuous integration pipeline for Appium testing. These tools automate the build, test, and deployment process, ensuring faster feedback and reliable results.

  • Cloud Testing Platforms

    Cloud-based testing platforms like Sauce Labs, BrowserStack, and AWS Device Farm provide a wide range of real devices and emulators for testing Appium applications. They offer scalability, device coverage, and parallel testing capabilities.

  • Reporting and Logging

    Tools like Extent Reports, Allure, and Log4j help in generating comprehensive test reports and logs. They provide detailed insights into test execution, failures, and performance metrics, aiding in debugging and analysis.

What are top Appium instruments and tools?

  • Appium: Appium is an open-source automation tool for mobile applications. It was first released in 2012 and has since gained popularity among developers and testers for its cross-platform support. Appium allows users to write tests using multiple programming languages such as Java, Python, and Ruby. It supports both Android and iOS platforms, making it a versatile choice for mobile app testing.
  • XCTest: XCTest is a testing framework provided by Apple for automating iOS applications. It is integrated with Xcode, Apple’s integrated development environment, and supports writing tests in Swift and Objective-C. XCTest offers a range of features, including UI testing, performance testing, and unit testing. It has been widely adopted by iOS developers for its seamless integration with the iOS development ecosystem.
  • Espresso: Espresso is a testing framework developed by Google for automating Android applications. It provides a concise and expressive API for writing UI tests in Java or Kotlin. Espresso is designed to be fast and reliable, making it an excellent choice for Android app testing. It offers features such as UI interactions, assertions, and synchronization mechanisms to ensure robust and efficient testing.
  • Robot Framework: Robot Framework is a generic test automation framework that supports various application types, including mobile apps. It provides a keyword-driven approach to test automation, allowing users to write tests in a highly readable and maintainable format. Robot Framework supports Appium as a library, enabling mobile app testing on both Android and iOS platforms. It has a large and active community, with extensive documentation and support.
  • Calabash: Calabash is an open-source framework for mobile app testing that supports both Android and iOS platforms. It allows users to write tests in Cucumber, a behavior-driven development (BDD) style language. Calabash provides a set of predefined steps for interacting with mobile apps, making it easy to write tests without extensive programming knowledge. It has been used by many organizations for its simplicity and flexibility in mobile app testing.
  • Detox: Detox is a gray-box end-to-end testing framework specifically designed for React Native applications. It enables developers to write tests in JavaScript and offers a range of features for simulating user interactions and verifying app behavior. Detox integrates with popular testing frameworks, such as Jest and Mocha, and provides detailed reports and logs for test execution. It has gained popularity among React Native developers for its efficient and reliable testing capabilities.
  • Selendroid: Selendroid is an open-source test automation framework for Android applications. It supports both native and hybrid apps and allows users to write tests in various programming languages, including Java and Python. Selendroid provides a powerful set of APIs for interacting with UI elements, performing gestures, and accessing device features. It offers cross-platform compatibility and can be integrated with other testing frameworks, such as TestNG and JUnit.
  • Perfecto: Perfecto is a cloud-based testing platform that offers a range of tools and services for mobile app testing. It provides support for both Android and iOS platforms and allows users to execute tests on real devices or emulators in the cloud. Perfecto offers features such as test automation, performance testing, and device monitoring. It integrates with popular testing frameworks and provides detailed test reports and analytics for efficient test management.

Cases when Appium does not work

  1. Unsupported platforms: Appium may not work on certain platforms that are not officially supported by the tool. For example, if you are trying to automate a mobile application on a platform that Appium does not support, such as Windows Phone or BlackBerry OS, you may encounter issues or limitations in functionality.
  2. Unsupported app types: Appium relies on certain frameworks and technologies to automate mobile applications. If your application is built using a framework or technology that is not supported by Appium, such as Xamarin.Forms or React Native (in some cases), you may face difficulties in automating the app or encounter unreliable behavior.
  3. Version compatibility issues: Appium is dependent on various components, including the mobile device operating system, the Appium server, and the client libraries. If these components are not compatible with each other, it can lead to unexpected issues. For example, using an outdated version of Appium with the latest version of iOS may result in compatibility problems.
  4. Device-specific limitations: Different mobile devices have varying capabilities and limitations. Appium may not work as expected on certain devices due to factors such as device fragmentation, different screen resolutions, or manufacturer-specific customization of the Android operating system.
  5. Challenges with device emulators/simulators: Appium supports both physical devices and emulators/simulators. However, working with emulators/simulators can sometimes be challenging due to factors such as performance issues, inconsistent behavior, or limitations in replicating real-world device behavior. These challenges can impact the effectiveness of Appium automation.
  6. Network-related issues: Appium requires a stable network connection between the test machine and the mobile device. If there are connectivity issues, such as network latency, intermittent disconnections, or firewalls blocking the communication, it can result in Appium not functioning properly or failing to establish a connection with the device.

TOP 12 Tech facts and history of creation and versions about Appium Development

  • Appium is an open-source automation framework for mobile apps, first released in 2012.
  • It was created by Dan Cuellar, a software engineer at Zoosk.
  • Appium allows testing on both Android and iOS platforms using the same API.
  • Appium supports multiple programming languages including Java, Python, Ruby, and JavaScript.
  • Appium uses the WebDriver protocol to interact with mobile apps, providing a seamless testing experience.
  • Appium has a large and active community, with contributions from various developers worldwide.
  • Appium has played a significant role in the growth of the mobile app testing industry, providing a reliable and efficient solution.
  • Appium allows for both native and hybrid app testing, enabling developers to test across different app types.
  • Appium supports parallel test execution, saving time and resources in the testing process.
  • Appium has evolved over the years with regular updates and new features, ensuring compatibility with the latest mobile platforms and devices.
  • Appium has been widely adopted by top tech companies and is considered the industry standard for mobile app automation testing.
  • Appium’s popularity continues to grow as mobile app development and testing become increasingly important in the tech industry.

Pros & cons of Appium

9 Pros of Appium

  • Platform Independence: Appium is a cross-platform automation tool that supports testing on both Android and iOS devices. This allows developers to write tests once and run them on multiple platforms, saving time and effort.
  • Open Source: Appium is an open-source tool, which means it is freely available to use and modify. This makes it accessible to a wide range of developers and encourages community collaboration and support.
  • Wide Language Support: Appium supports a variety of programming languages such as Java, Python, Ruby, and more. This flexibility allows developers to use their preferred language for test automation.
  • Native Testing: Appium supports native app testing, which means it can interact with the app’s user interface elements just like a real user would. This ensures accurate and reliable testing results.
  • Cloud Integration: Appium integrates seamlessly with cloud testing platforms such as Sauce Labs and BrowserStack. This allows for easy scalability and parallel testing across different devices and configurations.
  • Robust Community: Appium has a large and active community of developers who contribute to its development and provide support. This ensures that the tool is constantly updated and improved.
  • Support for Web Apps: In addition to native app testing, Appium also supports testing of web applications on mobile devices. This makes it a versatile tool for testing different types of apps.
  • Device Farm Integration: Appium can be integrated with device farms like AWS Device Farm and Firebase Test Lab. This enables developers to easily run tests on a wide range of real devices for comprehensive testing coverage.
  • Easy Setup and Configuration: Appium provides detailed documentation and guides for setting up and configuring the tool. This makes it easy for developers to get started with Appium quickly.

9 Cons of Appium

  • Complex Setup: Although Appium provides detailed documentation, the initial setup and configuration process can be complex, especially for beginners.
  • Limited Support for Non-Mobile Platforms: Appium is primarily designed for mobile app testing and has limited support for other platforms such as desktop applications or web browsers.
  • Steep Learning Curve: Appium can be challenging to learn, especially for those with limited experience in test automation or programming. It requires a solid understanding of mobile app development concepts.
  • Slow Execution: Appium tests can sometimes be slower compared to other automation tools due to the use of WebDriver protocol and communication overhead.
  • Device Compatibility: Appium relies on device-specific drivers to interact with mobile devices, which means that it may not support all devices or versions of operating systems.
  • Debugging Challenges: Debugging Appium tests can be challenging, as it requires understanding the underlying architecture and troubleshooting issues at different levels of the testing stack.
  • Dependency on Appium Server: Appium tests require an Appium server to be set up and running, which adds an additional layer of complexity and maintenance.
  • Limited Desktop App Testing: While Appium supports web app testing, its support for desktop application testing is limited, which may be a drawback for projects involving desktop apps.
  • Resource Intensive: Appium tests can be resource-intensive, requiring significant memory and processing power, especially when running tests in parallel or on multiple devices.

Hard skills of a Appium Developer

Appium is an open-source automation tool used for mobile application testing. It allows developers to write tests in multiple programming languages, such as Java, Python, and Ruby, and supports both Android and iOS platforms. As an Appium developer, having the right hard skills is essential to effectively test and automate mobile applications.

Junior

  • Programming Languages: Proficiency in at least one programming language like Java or Python.
  • Mobile Application Testing: Basic understanding of mobile application testing concepts and best practices.
  • Appium Basics: Familiarity with the basic concepts and features of Appium, including setting up test environments and executing tests.
  • Test Frameworks: Knowledge of popular test frameworks like JUnit or TestNG.
  • Version Control: Understanding of version control systems like Git to manage test code and collaborate with team members.

Middle

  • Advanced Programming Skills: Proficiency in programming languages like Java or Python, with the ability to write complex scripts and handle data-driven testing.
  • Mobile Testing Frameworks: Experience with mobile testing frameworks like Appium and knowledge of their advanced features and capabilities.
  • Test Automation: Strong understanding of test automation principles and the ability to design and implement efficient automation frameworks.
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD): Knowledge of CI/CD pipelines and tools like Jenkins or Travis CI to automate test execution and integration with the development workflow.
  • Device Management: Familiarity with device management tools like AWS Device Farm or Firebase Test Lab to manage and execute tests on multiple devices.
  • Debugging and Troubleshooting: Ability to identify and debug issues in test scripts and troubleshoot problems related to test environment setup or device configurations.
  • Reporting and Documentation: Proficiency in generating comprehensive test reports and documenting test cases, test data, and test results.

Senior

  • Expert Programming Skills: Mastery in programming languages like Java or Python, with the ability to write efficient and scalable code for automation.
  • Advanced Appium Techniques: In-depth knowledge of advanced Appium techniques, such as handling complex gestures, automating hybrid applications, or working with web views.
  • Performance Testing: Experience with mobile performance testing tools and techniques to assess the performance and responsiveness of mobile applications.
  • Code Review and Refactoring: Ability to review and provide constructive feedback on test code written by team members, as well as refactor existing test scripts for improved maintainability and efficiency.
  • Test Strategy and Planning: Proficiency in creating test strategies, test plans, and test cases based on project requirements and business goals.
  • Test Data Management: Knowledge of test data management techniques, including data generation, data masking, and data-driven testing.
  • Security Testing: Understanding of mobile application security testing practices and tools to identify vulnerabilities and ensure the security of mobile applications.
  • Leadership and Mentoring: Ability to lead a team of Appium developers, provide guidance and mentorship, and facilitate knowledge sharing within the team.

Expert/Team Lead

  • Architectural Design: Proficiency in designing and implementing scalable and maintainable test automation architectures for complex mobile applications.
  • Framework Development: Experience in developing custom test automation frameworks using Appium and other tools to cater to specific project requirements.
  • Test Strategy Consulting: Ability to provide strategic guidance and consulting services to project stakeholders regarding mobile testing best practices, tools, and technologies.
  • Cross-platform Testing: Knowledge of cross-platform testing techniques and frameworks, such as Xamarin or React Native, to ensure consistent behavior across different mobile platforms.
  • Performance Optimization: Expertise in optimizing test scripts and test frameworks for better performance and reduced execution time.
  • Test Environment Management: Ability to set up and maintain complex test environments with multiple devices, simulators, or emulators for parallel test execution.
  • Test Automation Governance: Proficiency in defining and implementing test automation governance processes, including code reviews, test code quality checks, and adherence to coding standards.
  • Continuous Testing: Experience in implementing continuous testing practices, integrating test automation with CI/CD pipelines, and ensuring continuous feedback on application quality.
  • Strategic Planning: Ability to contribute to the overall project planning and roadmap, aligning mobile testing efforts with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Thought Leadership: Actively participate in the mobile testing community, contribute to open-source projects, and share expertise through blog posts, conference presentations, or webinars.
  • Team Management: Experience in managing a team of Appium developers, including resource allocation, task assignment, performance evaluation, and fostering a collaborative and innovative team culture.

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