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Automate sending over GSM?
I'm investigating the possibilities to automate our regression tests of a PDA app which among other things sends SMS over the gsm network (using a modem) to a web app. Our idea is to use Compuwares tool TestPartner, which we already use for tests on the web app, to automate the PDA app via the emulator Remote Display Control for Windows CE on a PC.
I have a couple of questions regarding this:
1. Do you have any experience in automating an app which sends stuff over the gsm network? If so, do you recommend it or is it too unstable/unreliable etc.?
2. Do you have a better idea of how to do this than with TestPartner and RDC. Is it worth it to invest in another tool to handle these tests?
I would really appreciate if you took the time to answer my questions.
Re: Automate sending over GSM?
If you are in an area with decent coverage, the live network (at least in the US) is generally stable and reliable enough for most of the OTA testing, you do have to build checks into your system to make sure that you are allowing for possible network delays, etc. You might consider how often you are sending messsages and the volume of the messages and consider getting an emulator if the need is there, that puts the whole test environment in your control, if the actual send/recieve is a smaller part of the testing, then the live network is sufficient, or course that all goes out the window if you are trying to do some protocol testing.
If the PDA app is critical and really requires testing, you should evaluate if the emulator really meets your needs and if it is worthwhile to invest in another tool. TestQuest (my company) does have a PDA tool that is used quite frequently to do just what you are describing, I would be happy to put you in touch with our office in London if you were interested in hearing more, just let me know your contact information.