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There are different types of testing techniques used to test multi-tier client-server applications for which multiple types of testing tools and strategies are used. When we observe closely, the majority of mobile applications talk to a backend server to run many primary tasks, besides they consist of a unique set of constraints in their ecosystem, thus testing the communication between client and servers becomes harder. If the testing team can pull this stretch without any flaws, analyzing the optimal percentage of API service testing in mobile apps becomes easier.

Current Challenges in Achieving Optimal % of API Service Testing in Mobile Apps Testing:

  • Understanding the requirement: Knowing the workflow of the application, and identifying the role of App testing and API server testing in that flow.
  • Testing Mobile App features in realistic scenarios: Identifying the features that are most important in areas (Mobile app and API service testing) like user interface, functionality, performance, security and then testing them is a tricky job. But when executed successfully, you will save a whole lot of time and achieve flawless results.
  • Conflict of choosing Emulator or Simulator: In contrast to the current testing scenario, there is no difficulty to choose Emulator as a first choice. But relying completely on it can be risky. Emulators are software and vulnerable to bugs. On the other hand, a simulator may not be handy as an emulator but it facilitates setting up a similar environment as the original device’s OS is unmatchable. Therefore deciding when to use an emulator and simulator is challenging.
  • Organizing API endpoints: Testing API may have few or hundreds of test scenarios, organizing them into categories and then locating endpoints is crucial to start the testing process with high coverage and integration. Executing this process without oversight is no less than a challenge.
  • Testing parameter combinations: API's manage the communication between systems by providing data values to parameters followed by data requests. As project size increases, it could end up assigning two different values to the same parameter or numerical values may appear instead of the text value. Eventually, the addition of parameters increases the number of possible combinations that could pose complexity.

“Evaluating API service testing in Mobile App in regards to client and server reduces the complexity and opens the door for solutions that have answers for challenges you face during the testing process.”

Evaluating the Optimal % of API Service Testing in Mobile App

The modern day’s mobile apps are multi-tier architecture, and the code running on mobile devices represents the "Front End" client to data and services transferred by mid-tier and data center "Back-Office" systems. When tests are initiated for client end, we need to perform App testing, and for server API service testing needs to be performed. In order to achieve optimal and comprehensive testing solutions, evaluating and balancing the percentage of API service testing in Mobile App is essential.

    • Some applications require 100% effort alone for API service testing as they don't specifically shake hands with client layer in the workflow
    • This type of applications may be limited to a few projects and client base depending on project intent
    • However, there might be a project where you need to balance both App testing and API service testing equally (50% App testing and 50% API service testing)
    • The percentage of App testing and API service testing differs from application-to-application based on the project requirement

The compelling testing strategy is not just limited to knowing optimal % of API service testing in the mobile app; you need to identify the right testing tools to complete your groundwork for your next QA project. Read our next blog on "Mobile App Testing Tool Selection" to learn more.

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Carl Johanson

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Carl Johanson

Practice Director, QA & Testing

Carl has been creating custom, forward-focused and effective QA solutions for Pyramid Consulting since 2012. Implementing the latest tech and thought leadership delights Carl just as it does clients. In his personal life, Carl focuses on doing things right and doing the right things—an important distinction—as efficiently as possible. If you need Carl urgently, check out your local drumming scene or the closest beach, otherwise you can find him at home with his beautiful and ever-growing family.

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