Beware the Trojans

When I taught computer programming classes in the 1980s, many first=time C programmers would write a Trojan login program for fun. They’d simulate the login prompt (no Windows back then). I gave a bit more info about this when I first wrote about Trojans on thus blog. Trojans are a form of social engineering: the […]
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Android User Interface Testing on Amazon’s Device Farm Part 2

In part 1 of this post I looked at how to create Robotium instrumentation tests for an Android application so that it could be tested on Amazon’s Device Farm. At the end of that post, we had two apk files: the application and the tests. The process of testing on the AWS device farm is […]
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Android User Interface Testing with AWS Device Farm – Part 1

I often get asked about automated testing of user interfaces of Android applications. Amazon released a service on AWS called Device Farm to support user interface (UI) testing, this seems to be a good time to take a look. UI testing can be immensely frustrating due to it’s inherent fragility. It often seems that as […]
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Mobile UX Design – How to Define the Mobile User Experience.

With mobile User Interfaces, it’s not about “fitting it all on the small screen” – it’s about designing the scenarios that match the mobile experience. When I work with clients in creating mobile user interfaces, I often find that the developers involved want to know about tricks that will let them “fit more stuff on the […]
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The Benefits of API-First Development

APIs (Application Program Interfaces) were a hot topic in 2014, and that seems set to continue in 2015. Rapid growth in parallel areas, such as the Internet of Things, are likely to keep the momentum behind APIs for the foreeable future. Some companies now have an API as their primary product. Stripe, an online payment […]
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