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Test Automation Leveraging Appium & Kotlin


Kotlin Appium Test Automation

Automation testing has become an integral part of the software development cycle across all industries and companies. It helps to speed up execution cycles, exempt testers from repetitive tasks, reduce human efforts and provide instant feedback. To increase the overall software efficiency and ensure robust software quality, organizations have prioritized test automation.

An automation framework helps to test early in the process, test frequently, and continue testing after the product is operational.  Early testing in QA identifies problems before getting ready into the design phase, and implementation identifies problems that provide a poor user experience.

Appium is a mobile test automation framework (with a tool) that works for all: native, hybrid and mobile web apps for iOS and Android. It is a great choice for test automation framework as it can be used for all these different app/web types. Basically, Appium derives its roots from Selenium and it uses JSONWireProtocol internally to interact with iOS and Android apps using Selenium’s WebDriver.

We all know that Kotlin is a general-purpose, open-source, statically typed programming language initially designed for the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) and Android that combines object-oriented and functional programming features. It is focused on interoperability, safety, clarity, and tooling support. Kotlin originated at JetBrains and has been open-source since 2012. JetBrains uses Kotlin in many of its products including its flagship IntelliJ IDEA.

In this article, the advantages of Kotlin have been explained along with the process of Appium script development using Kotlin language (also, covered the extent report logic written in Kotlin language). A strong automation team proves to be instrumental for the development of Appium, using Kotlin programming language.

Advantages of Kotlin

  • Code written in Kotlin works with Java as well as it does natively.
  • Kotlin offers first-class support for functional programming, even though it is mainly object-oriented.
  • Kotlin has a good compiler.
  • Kotlin supports seamless integration with the existing infrastructure. Kotlin’s compatible with all Java frameworks and libraries, and it’s designed to integrate easily with Maven and Gradle build systems.
  • Kotlin provides enhanced run-time performance.
  • Kotlin is easier and cheaper to maintain.

Click here to know more about Appium Automation with Kotlin, understand the step-by-step procedure and gain insights on the correct approach.

Sanoj S
Test Architect, RapidValue


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