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Johann Dowa

Open Source iOS UIAutomation Powered Testing Framework That Uses Objective-C

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I’ve mentioned a number of tools and libraries to aid with testing, most recently GSAutomation that provides a number of helpers for writing UIAutomation scripts and the Xcodebuild  replacement xctool.

Here’s a very interesting open source testing framework called Subliminal from Inkling. subliminal provides a way to write tests using Objective-C — as the readme states:

Subliminal is a framework for writing iOS integration tests. Subliminal provides a familiar OCUnit/SenTest-like interface to Apple’s UIAutomation framework, with tests written entirely in Objective-C. Subliminal also provides a powerful mechanism for your tests to manipulate your application directly.

Something that’s really great about Subliminal is that it integrates well with Xcode and instruments so you don’t need to use any extra tools or introduce more dependencies.

Here’s a video demonstrating the usage of Subliminal:

You can find Subliminal on Github here, and read more about it on the Inkling blog.

A very interesting testing framework that eliminates many of the problems of working with UIAutomation by allowing you to use OBjective-C.


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