About Open Source

I have been using open source software since I started my first job around 10 years ago. By then the world was very different, Microsoft still dominated most of the software world (Windows, Visual Studio, .NET Framework, MS Office, SQL Server), and open source was still a small part of the whole ecosystem. Yet open source spread up like a virus over the last 10 years, and now even Microsoft is forced to embrace open source (well, it’s also CEO related I guess).

To me, there are two major advantages using open sourced software:

  1. free of charge

  2. able to inspect, modify and recompile the sources.

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Testing On Mobile Device – Part 1 – Sikuli – VNC

Facts

  1. We are a small sized IT company, with around 50 staff and 30 developers.

  2. Like most other IT companies in the world, we don’t have full-time engineers work as QA.

  3. Most engineers got more one project at a time. (One for development and one for maintenance.)

  4. Engineers don’t have the time (or they just don’t care) to write the unit tests and functional tests, even if the tools are provided by iOS and Android development frameworks.

  5. Our QA did most of the testing manually, but it’s a boring task. And they are not capable of writing the codes for the unit tests and functional tests.

  6. The Apps for iOS simulator and device have significantly different architecture, but the apps for Android simulator and device are the same.

  7. If the tasks depend on the work of engineers, it normally means the tasks need cooperation of engineer and QA, and the timing would be a big problem.**

So, our goal is

Allow our QA to set up the automated tests for the mobile applications, with zero or minimum efforts of engineering.

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