Update: The book is no longer in beta. The final version was published in September 2013 and is available here: Tap Into Mobile Application Testing.
How did you spend your summer? I spent mine writing a book: Tap Into Mobile Application Testing. Now that smartphones and tablets are taking over the mobile space, there has been tremendous demand for ideas and training on how to test on these devices. I started out with my Testing Mobile Apps course, but that only scales so far. Many of you have asked me about writing a book on the topic, so I did. It’s not completely finished yet, but I managed to create most of the content I had hoped to share.
I have two audiences with this book:
- Mobilists without much testing experience
- Professional testers without much mobile experience
I wrote the book with both of these audiences in mind, and I was also pleased to learn that even deeply experienced mobile testers told me they learned a lot of new ideas and approaches for their own testing projects after reviewing the book.
It is only available in electronic formats right now: PDF, epub and mobi, which should work on most e-reader apps on most mobile devices. I chose mobile first because that’s the medium many of my readers will choose first. It’s also faster for me to get content out there, and many traditional publishers print dead tree copies first, then look at electronic versions. I am using Leanpub, which allows me to publish free updates to every reader who has purchased a copy, even the finalized version that I am targeting for a release later in the year. Once I have a finalized version, I will provide print copies using a print-on-demand service.
The Beta version is a bit rough around the edges. I still have the following on my to-do list:
- Copy editing and attribution clean up
- Creating figures and images
- Section rewrites and new material where needed
If you notice something wrong, misattributed, or missing feel free to contact me and I can fix it before the final version is complete in December.
If you are curious about mobile apps testing on modern devices, I hope you find it useful.