Running mobile tests from a schedule

You can run mobile tests from a schedule if you have a shell-shared environment with HCL OneTest™ Performance. One scenario is that you run the same mobile tests from a schedule. Other options are that you run the same mobile tests on one mobile device or on multiple mobile devices and emulators in parallel with different user groups. You can set a variable to specify unique mobile devices for each virtual user in a group running the mobile tests. The variable can be initialized from a datapool so that multiple mobile devices are used for each virtual user in a group that is running the mobile tests .

Before you begin

  • Install HCL OneTest Performance and HCL OneTest UI in the same package to work in a shell-shared environment in the same workspace.
  • Install the mobile test client on the devices and emulators.
  • Record tests on the mobile devices and emulators.
  • Run the tests on the devices and emulators before you run the schedule to ensure that the Android playback-ready AUT and test packages or the iOS instrumented AUT are correctly installed on those devices and emulators. See Android testing overview and iOS testing overview.

About this task

All steps can be done in the Web UI Test perspective.

The following scenarios are possible when you run mobile tests from a schedule:
  • No variable is created and no datapool used. When the schedule is run, the product automatically assigns one device per virtual user.
  • Each user group runs a test on a single device that is selected from a schedule, where a variable is defined with a single selected device.
  • The schedule runs the same mobile tests on multiple mobile devices and emulators in parallel with different user groups. Here a datapool contains the devices IDs as variable values, and each virtual user in a group is assigned a variable value from the datapool).
Note: Loops and compound tests can be used in schedules.

Procedure

  1. Optional: Add the RTW_Mobile_Selected_Device variable in each mobile test so that you can choose which mobile devices and simulators are used to run the test. For details, see Defining a variable to run a test with a selected mobile device
    1. Open a mobile test, select the test resources node, and create a variable container.
    2. In the wizard that opens, enter the following variable name RTW_Mobile_Selected_Device. Click OK
  2. Optional: To enable resource monitoring, create a variable named rm.collect and set it to true. To collect data at specified intervals, create rm.collect.interval and set it to an integer value of 1000 milliseconds or higher. To use resource monitoring in a schedule, you must also set RTW_Mobile_Selected_Device variable as mentioned in step 1. If you are running a mobile test or schedule from IBM® Rational® Quality Manager, set these variables in the Execution Variables section in a test case.
  3. Optional: This step is needed only if variables are not initialized from a datapool. Set the devices identifiers for each mobile test in the test variable. In the Initial value area, select Text and enter the device ID. To do so, from the Mobile Devices editor, select the device in the list, and copy the device ID that is available under Device in the Detailed properties area as it is shown in the following figures.
    Device id
    The variable value is the device id

    Steps 1, 2, and 3 are optional. If you do not use the RTW_Mobile_Selected_Device variable, the product automatically assigns one device for each virtual user. The number of virtual users or a percentage of users in the groups can be defined while editing the schedule, as described in step 5.

  4. Optional: Set the device IDs for each mobile test in a datapool:
    1. Create a datapool and associate the datapool with a test:
      • In the Test Details area, check Datapool value in the Variable Details area.
      • In the Select Data Source wizard, click the Datapool push button, select a datapool in the list, and click Select. If the datapool must be created, select Use wizard to create new Datapool, follow the instructions to create the datapool and click Finish. For details on the data you can add in the datapool, see Creating a datapool associated with a test. Then, select the datapool in the Select Data Source wizard, and click Select
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    2. After you create a datapool and add data to it, enter the devices IDs in the first column of the datapool.
      • Open the Mobile Devices editor, select the device in the list, and copy the device ID that is available under Device in the Detailed properties area.
      • Open the datapool and paste the device ID in column 1 as shown in the following figure. Do it for all devices that are used to run the test.
        Adding a device ID in a datapool
  5. In the Test Navigator, create a schedule with user groups:
    1. Click File > New > Other. In Select a wizard, expand Test and click Performance schedule.
    2. Enter or select the name of a project or folder to contain the schedule, and enter a name for the schedule. Click Next.
    3. You can modify the default number of users, user groups, ramp stages. If you use loops in the schedule, click Add loops to each user group and select the type of loop for each user group. Click Finish
    1. In the edited schedule, define the user groups: group size, behavior. You can set a maximum number of virtual user in the schedule for each user group: Select Absolute and enter the maximum number of virtual users to run. For details on the options, see Adding a user group to a schedule.
    2. Set the locations for the user groups. If the RTW_Mobile_Selected_Device variable is not explicitly set, make sure that all of the user groups that contain a mobile test are run on the same location. The concept of location is specific to schedules and is explained in Creating a schedule and in Running a user group at a remote location.
  6. Add the mobile tests to the schedule:
    1. Open the schedule, click a user group and click Add > Test
    2. Select a test and click OK.
      Adding tests in user groups
  7. Save the schedule. To run the schedule from HCL OneTest UI:
    1. Set the devices and emulators to passive mode. See the procedure and recommendations in t_run_wb.html#t_run_wb.
    2. Click Run Schedule. Run the schedule from the command line, see Running a test or schedule from the command line.

Results

You can see the test results in the web and statistical reports.
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