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Nicholas Skaggs

Spreading the (testing) weight

With all the buzz and excitement around quality over the last few cycles, we've been busy. We've built tools, started processes, wrote testcases and committed ourselves to testing. When the time came for us to write new applications for the ubuntu touch platform, we took our quality aspirations with us and tested all through development. The "core apps" for the phone is a perfect example of this; community developed software including tests. Kudos to everyone who is taking part in these efforts.

However, as more and more tests came online, new problems developed. How can we run these tests? When do we want to run them? How can we develop more? What tools do we use? The quality team met all of these challenges, but the weight started to grow heavier.

Rob Macklem Victoria BC derivative: Plasticspork [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
Something needed to be done. Before the bar breaks or our arms give out, let's split the weight. And thus a new team was formed.

Ivanko Barbell Company

Enter the CI team. Behind the scenes running tests, getting our infrastructure in place, and chasing down regressions, the CI team has their hands full. In a nutshell they will ensure all the tests are run as needed. If a test fails they will chase down and ensure the right folks are notified so fixes can be made. Ohh, and yes, that means potential bugs will never even hit your system dear user.

The QA team's mission then gets to be refocused. They will continue to write tests, develop tools if needed, and continue to push for greater quality in ubuntu and upstream. However they no longer have to balance these tasks with ensuring builds stay green, or writing a dashboard to review results. The result is a better focus and the opportunity to do more.

So how does this affect us as a community? The simple answer is that we too can take advantage of this new testing infrastructure and CI team. Let's focus on what coverage we need and what the best way to achieve it might be. We'll also be able to align our goals and ambitions even more with the QA team. I'll share more of my thoughts on this in the next post.

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Autopilot Sandboxing

Autopilot has continued to change with the times, and the pending release of 1.4 brings even more goodies; including some performance fixes. But today I wanted to cover a newly landed feature from the minds of Martin and Jean-Baptiste (thanks guys!).

If you've developed autopilot tests in the past you will have noticed how cumbersome it can be to run the tests. If you run a test on your desktop, you lose control of your mouse and keyboard for the duration, and you might even accidentally cause a test to fail. This can be especially noticeable when you are iterating over getting your test to run "just right" while wanting to keep your introspection tree in vis open, or reviewing someone else's code while wanting to verify the tests run. Enter sandbox mode.

A new command called autopilot-sandbox-run lets you easily run a testsuite inside your choice of two sandboxes; Xvfb by default, or if you want to visually see the output, Xephyr. Have a quick look at the command options below as of this writing:

Usage: autopilot-sandbox-run [OPTIONS...] TEST [TEST...]
Runs autopilot tests in a 'fake' Xserver with Xvfb or Xephyr. autopilot runs
in Xvfb by default.
    TEST: autopilot tests to run

    -h, --help           This help
    -d, --debug          Enable debug mode
    -a, --autopilot ARG  Pass arguments ARG to 'autopilot run'
    -X, --xephyr         Run in nested mode with Xephyr
    -s, --screen WxHxD   Sets screen width, height, and depth to W, H, and D respectively (default: 1024x768x24)

The next time you want to get your hands dirty with some autopilot tests, try out the sandbox. I'm sure you'll find a very nice use for it in your workflow; after all wouldn't it be handy to run multiple testsuites at once?

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As of today, we are exactly one month away from the release of Saucy Salamander. As part of that release, ubuntu is committed to delivering an image of ubuntu-touch, ready to install on supported devices.

And while folks have been dogfooding the images since May, many changes have continued to land as the images mature. As such, the qa team is committing to test each of the stable images released, and do exploratory testing against new features and specific packagesets.

If you have a device, I would encourage you to join this effort! Everything you need to know can be found upon this wiki page. You'll need a nexus device and a little time to spend with the latest image. If you find a bug, report it! The wiki has links to help. Testing doesn't get anymore fun than this; flash your phone and try to break it! Go wild!

And if you don't own a device? You can still help! As bugs are found and fixed, the second part of the process is to create automated tests for them so they don't occur again. Any bug you see on the list is a potential candidate, but we'll be marking those we especially think would be useful to write an autopilot tests for with a " touch-needs-autopilot" tag.

Join us in testing, confirming bugs, or testwriting autopilot tests. We want the ubuntu touch images to be the best they can be in 1 month's time. Happy Testing!

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Jamming Quality Style

It's that time of year again! Time to get your jam on (I like mine on a bagel).

While you are making plans for Ubuntu Global Jam, don't forget you can contribute to quality as well. There's a separate subpage of the global jam wiki dedicated to it.

We love new test contributions, and there's a collection of wiki tutorials and videos to help you contribute them. You don't have to be technical to write tests -- we need manual testcases also which are written in plain English :-)

More interested in submitting your results for tests? We've also got you covered. We have tests for the default applications of ubuntu as well as the images of ubuntu. Download an image and run it on your machine. Try running through some default testcases for ubuntu or your favorite flavor. An image and a pc or laptop is all you need to get started. Happy Jamming!

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As mentioned in my last post, Mir is one of the biggest changes coming in 13.10. With feature freeze now happening this week, it's time to amp up our testing engines once more to test the final features and help land Mir into the archive.

The Mir team has put together both a ppa and wiki page that contains all the information you need to help with testing. The testing window closes in 2 days on August 28th, just in time for feature freeze. The biggest changes for Mir are the inclusion of multi-monitor support and thus are a focus for this testing. So here's the details you need to know.

Help test Mir using your current system, ubuntu saucy and the Mir team ppa.

Now through August 28th.

The full instructions for installing the ppa, running the tests, and reporting the results can be found on this wiki page. Results are reported on this page or via the package tracker testing page.

Thank you for your contributions! Good luck and Happy Testing Everyone!

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Automated Testing in ubuntu

So with all the automated testing buzz occurring in the quality world of ubuntu this cycle, I wanted to speak a little about why we're doing the work, and what the output of the work looks like.

The Why
So, why? Why go through the trouble of writing tests for the code you write? I'll save everyone a novel and avoid re-hashing the debate about whether testing is a proper use of development time or not. Simply put, for developers, it will prevent bugs from reaching your codebase, alleviate support and maintenance burdens, and will give you more confidence and feedback during releases. If you want your application to have that extra polish and completeness, testing needs to be a part. For users, the positives are similar and simple. Using well tested software prevents regressions and critical bugs from affecting you. Every bug found during testing is a bug you don't have to deal with as an end user. Coincidentally, if you like finding bugs in software, we'd love to have you on the team :-)

The How
In general, three technologies are being used for automated testing.
Autopilot, Autopkg, and QML tests. Click to learn more about writing tests for each respectively.

Any color is good, as long as it's green
The Results
The QA Dashboard
The dashboard holds most of the test results, and gives you a much nicer view of the results than just looking at a jenkins build screen. Take some time to explore all of the different tabs to see what's available here. I wanted to highlight just a couple areas in particular.
  • Autopkg Tests 
    • These testcases run at build time and are great testcases for low level libraries and integral parts of ubuntu. Check out the guide for help on contributing a testcase or two to these. Regressions have been spotted and fixed before even hitting the ubuntu archives.
  • Smoke Tests for ubuntu touch
    • This is some of the newest tests to come online and displays the results of the ubuntu phone image and applications, including the core apps which are written entirely by community members. Want to know how well an image is running on your device? This is the page to find it.
Ubiquity Installer Testing
Curious about how well the installer is working? Yep, we've got tests for those as well. The tests are managed via the ubiquity project on launchpad.

Ubuntu Desktop Tests
Wondering how well things like nautilus, gedit and your other favorite desktop applications are doing? Indeed, thanks to our wonderful quality community, we've got tests for those as well. The tests can be found here.

The Next Steps
We want to continue to grow and expand all areas of testing. If you've got the skills or the willingness to learn, try your hard at helping improve our automated testcases. There's a wide variety to choose from, and all contributions are most welcome!

Sorry robot, all our tests are belong to us
Don't have those skills? Don't worry, not only are machines not taking over the world, they aren't taking over testing completely either. We need your brainpower to help test other applications and to test deeper than a machine can do. Join us for our cadence weeks and general calls for testing and sample new software while you help ubuntu. In fact, we're testing this week, focusing on Mir.

Finally, remember your contributions (automated or manual) help make ubuntu better for us all! Thank you!

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Feature freeze coming? Let's test!

We're already approaching feature freeze at a quickening pace, and thus the next few weeks are rather important to us as a testing community. 13.10 is landing in October, which is now rapidly approaching (where did the summer go?!).

Let's run through some manual tests for ubuntu and flavors. I'd like to ask for a special focus to be given to Mir/xMir. We plan to have a rigorous test of the package again in about a week once all features have landed. In the interim, let's try and catch any additional bugs.

This week Saturday August 17th through Saturday August 24th. It's week 5 for our cadence tests.

Ok, I'm sold, what do I need to do?
Execute some testcases against the latest version of saucy; in particular the xMir test.

Got any instructions?
You bet, have a look at the Cadence Week testing walkthrough on the wiki, or watch it on youtube. If you get stuck, contact us.

Where are the tests?
You can find the Mir test in it's own milestone here. Remember to read and follow the installation instructions link at the top of the page!
The rest of the applications and packages can be found here.

I don't want to run/install the unstable version of ubuntu, can I still help?
YES! Boot up the livecd on your hardware and run the live session, or use a virtual machine to test (install ubuntu or use a live session). The video demonstrates using a virtual machine booting into a live session to run through the tests. For the Mir/xMir tests, however, we'd really like results from real hardware.

But, virtual machines are scary; I don't know how to set one up!
There's a tool called testdrive that makes setting up a vm with ubuntu development a point and click operation. You can then use it to test. Seriously, check out the video and the walkthrough for more details.

Thank you for your contributions! Good luck and Happy Testing Everyone! 

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Autopilot best practices

I've now had the pleasure of writing autopilot tests for about 9 months, and along the way I've learned or been taught some of the things that are important to remember.

Use Eventually
The eventually matcher provided by autopilot is your best friend. Use it liberally to ensure your code doesn't fail because of a millisecond difference during your runtime. Eventually will retry your assert until it's true or it times out. When combined with examining an object or selecting one, eventually will ensure your test failure is a true failure and not a timing issue. Also remember you can use lambda if you need to make your assert function worthy.

Assert more!
Every test can use more asserts -- even my own! Timing issues can rear there ugly head again when you fail to assert after performing an action.

  • Everytime you grab an object, assert you received the object
    • You can do this by asserting the object NotEquals(None); remember to use eventually Eventually(NotEquals(None))!
  • Everytime you interact with the screen, try an assert to confirm your action
    • Click a button, assert
    • Click a field to type, assert you have focus first
      • You can do this by using the .focus property and asserting it to be True
      • Finished typing?, assert your text matches what you typed
        • You can do this by using the .text property and asserting it to be Equal to your input
Don't use strings, use objectNames
We all get lazy and just issue selects with English label names. This will break when run in a non-English language. They will also break when we decide to update the string to something more verbose or just different. Don't do it! That includes things like tab names, button names and label names -- all common rulebreakers.

Use object properties
They will help you add more asserts about what's happening. For instance, you can use the .animating property or .moving property (if they exist) to wait out animations before you continue your actions! I already mentioned the .focus property above, and you might find things like .selected, .state, .width, .height, .text, etc to be useful to you while writing your test. Check out your objects and see what might be helpful to you.

Interact with objects, not coordinates
Whenever possible, you should ensure your application interactions specify an object, not coordinates. If the UI changes, the screen size changes, etc, your test will fail if your using coordinates. If your interaction is emulating say something like a swipe, drag, pinch, etc action, ensure you utilize relative coordinates based upon the current screen size.

Use the ubuntusdk emulator if you are writing a ubuntusdk application
It will save you time, and ensure your testcase gets updated if any bugs or changes happen to the sdk; all without you having to touch your code. Check it out!

Read the documentation best practices
Yes, I know documentation is boring. But at least skim over this page on writing good tests. There is a lot of useful tidbits lurking in there. The gist is that your tests should be self-contained, repeatable and test one thing or one idea.

Looking over this list many of the best practices I listed involve avoiding bugs related to timing. You know the drill; run your testcase and it passes. Run it again, or run it in a virtual machine, a slower device, etc, and it fails. It's likely you have already experienced this.

Why does this happen? Well, it's because your test is clicking and interacting without verifying the changes occurring in the application. Many times it doesn't matter, and the built in delay between your actions will be enough to cover you. However that is not always the case.

So, adopt these practices and you will find your testcases are more reliable, easier to read and run without a hitch day in and day out. That's the sign of a good automated testcase.

Got more suggestions? Leave a comment!

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This month has been all about dogfooding, and part of that has been the drive to automate the testing of the functionality found in the core applications. Nothing will replace true user testing, but we can certainly do a lot to help prevent bugs and regressions. So, during my "test all the things" series we went through each of the core applications and highlighted areas for testing. So the question is, how are we doing as this month draws to a close?

Well, fortunately, I've setup this wiki page as a reflection of where we stand.
As you can see, we've come a long way on many of the applications, but I wanted to especially point out where we still need help.

Dropping Letters
Adrian has been working on Dropping Letters and could use some help in finishing the testcases. Leo has proposed a merge that brings the testsuite up to date with the new sdk, so it's ready for you to add tests!

RSS Reader
RSS Reader, aka shorts, just went through some large UI changes and is now ready for us to add tests again. Carla has begun working on updating her old tests for adding and editing a feed, but there's more work to do!

Calendar is currently undergoing some drastic changes, and it's testcases will need to be re-written once that's complete. Hang tight if your keen to help in this area!

Music has come a long way in a couple weeks and we have tests to prove it! Thanks to Daniel and Victor, we can test play, pause and library load. But there are still more tests needed. John is also volunteering on this application to help get the tests in shape. Thanks guys!

The following applications are very close to completion:

Nekhelesh has hacked together most of the tests, but I know he won't complain if you help him finish. Review the list and help bring it over the line!

As of this morning, the final calculator testcase has been written, testing tear-off. Pending a bugfix in the sdk, the testcase will get merged. Fingers crossed. Thanks Riccardo!

100% DONE!
Congratulations to the following teams and folks who helped us reach 100% status on the following core apps:

terminal, weather, sudoku, stock ticker, file manager

Remember though, as we move forward it's important to keep the tests aligned with new features :-)

Still reading this? What are you waiting for? Jump in and help! Happy Automated Testing!

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A little over a month ago, I posted about creating an autopilot emulator for
ubuntu sdk applications. Thanks to some hard work by Leo Arias and the ubuntu sdk team, I'm happy to announce the little side project from my +junk branch is all grown up and even more ready for your consumption. Leo has made the emulator a proper part of the sdk, complete with tests for all of it's functions!  You can now easily install it and incorporate it into your project. Here's how to snag your copy.

1) Add the ubuntu sdk team ppa if you haven't already

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa

2) Install the ubuntu-ui-toolkit-autopilot package

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-ui-toolkit-autopilot

This will install the emulator as a python module, ready for you to import. If you want to checkout what the module can do, have a look at the documentation.

Incorporating the module might seem a little tricky, so Leo has also put together an example of one of the ubuntu touch core apps using the new module. Check out it. Here's a branch showing off the work done for ubuntu-filemanager-app. And here's one for dropping-letters.

Please do check out the module and incorporate it into your ubuntu sdk project. Feedback is encouraged, and bug reports too! Please file any issues you find against the ubuntu-ui-toolkit project. Happy Automated Testing!

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Several years ago I was having a conversation with a bunch of colleagues of mine, most of whom would not be described as linux or ubuntu advocates. Seeing the launch of the tablet era with the iPad I lamented on having a truly portable pc in my pocket. We talked at length about the idea of a converged device. Within a few years we've seen android tablets ship (I was truly thrilled to see the transformer series come out) and phones like the atrix supporting webtop mode with ubuntu.

Still, even with a new android phone in my hand I want something a bit more. I don't enjoy carrying around heavy laptops, so a few years ago, I stopped when given the opportunity. I finally got rid of my old CRT from 1997 (yes, you read that right, RIP old friend) and got a nice widescreen display to replace it. But I'm still running the same tired old desktop, with my phone sitting next to it on the desk. It's certainly powerful enough to do everything I need, and if not, I've got a cloud server for long running computational tasks. So, why have the tower?

Why not carry my phone with me as my pc? Throw it on my desk and I can use my big screen, mouse and keyboard. At the train station I can use it with it's built in screen, but still have local and remote access to everything I need. Then perhaps while seated on the train I use it in something more akin to a traditional laptop since I have the room.

Well, this idea of a convergent device is here, and it's called ubuntu edge. A device that looks like a traditional phone but has pc-like specifications. It runs the same applications and OS as a computer. And it supports multiple form factors for interacting and using the applications. This idea of convergence is the biggest story for me.

So, Check out the campaign page on indiegogo. Watch the video that shows off the beautiful OS and applications we're building to go with the amazing hardware. That's right, "we" the community are building the applications. Now it's our chance as a community to help build an amazing piece of hardware and run them.

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The music app. A vital and necessary piece of my running setup. I've run in silence before, and while it's nice, sometimes you need some jams to keep you motivated on longer runs.

Recently I've been running in silence but not by choice, definitely needing a way to play music via my phone. Thanks to the hack day for music last week and the ongoing work on the music app developers that's all changing. Today the app is feature complete enough to begin work on some autopilot tests. It can for instance, play music now!

Consider helping the music app developers keep development going.  Grab the music app branchadd a testcase from the list of needsfollow the tutorial for help if needed, and propose a merge. Thanks for helping to ensure quality for ubuntu touch!

If you need help getting started, there is a wonderful video tutorial to help you. In addition the logs, and a FAQ from the workshops are now available and ready for you to consume and understand. Happy test writing!

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Today I thought we'd take a break from the testing all the things series to take a look at what we're doing, how far we've come, and most importantly, where we need to get to.

The core apps project has come a long way since it's inception at the beginning of this cycle. So as the development started maturing, testing was the natural step for me to get involved and check out what the apps had to offer. With that in mind, let's look at the burndown chart for the core apps shall we?

Can you tell where the tests were added?

So even as the work items has increased from adding things like tests, this month the community have been working hard at finishing work items and bringing us back to the trendline. See that nice driving downwards the last couple weeks? Excellent job! Let's get down to that trendline!

From the quality side, we've had several people come forward, learn about autopilot and the core apps and then get a merge in. A special thanks to Carla Sella, Daniel Kessel, Michael Spencer, Adrian Goodyer, Riccardo Padovani and Arturas Norkus for your contributions last week to core apps projects. Well done, and I look forward to seeing and merging more of your work!

For those of you still working on getting commits in, or sitting on the sidelines, let me help! You can be a part of this effort! There's still more work to do, and the entire community around core apps would appreciate your help. Hack on an app, a testcase, wherever your skills and interests lie. For autopilot tests specifically, check out this recipe on and watch this video.

I look forward to merging your work!

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It's almost FRIDAY! To celebrate, let's look at the second game that's become part of the core apps, dropping letters.

That best score! It was my first game, I can do much better now :)

The name of the game in dropping letters is to form words as the letters fall and try and prevent the screen from filling up. At the moment, the game is dogfoodable, but needs your help for tests. There are still some bugs within the code, and autopilot tests will help ensure those bugs don't sneak back into the codebase.

Consider helping the dropping letters developers keep development going.  Grab the dropping letters branchadd a testcase from the list of needsfollow the tutorial for help if needed, and propose a merge. Thanks for helping to ensure quality for ubuntu touch!

If you need help getting started, check out the logs, and a FAQ from the workshops. Feel free to contact me with any questions or help. Happy test writing!

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Today we look at another important piece of the puzzle for the ubuntu touch platform; the file manager. File managers provide a way for the end users to access there files in an arbitrary manner. Without one on the device you would be stuck viewing your data only through specific applications intended to utilize that data (photos, music, videos) or the terminal. Despite being the bane of simple computing advocates at times, file managers serve an important purpose.

So, let's look at the file manager app for ubuntu touch. Glancing at the dogfooding page you can see many of the basics are already in place. We can browse files and folders, make new folders and view file information.

Quite nice looking isn't it?

And indeed, looking at the list of needs many tests have already been written. This is largely the work of iBelieve, otherwise known as Michael Spencer. Good work! But there is still more to do.

If you are new to writing tests for core applications, adding a test to this application will be much easier for you to pick up. I'm sure Michael won't mind that I'm volunteering him here as well -- we're here to help!

Consider helping Michael and the file manager developers keep development going.  Grab the file manager branchadd a testcase from the list of needsfollow the tutorial for help if needed, and propose a merge. Thanks for helping to ensure quality for ubuntu touch!

If you need help getting started, there is 1 more workshops planned for this week. In addition the logs, and a FAQ from the workshops are now available and ready for you to consume and understand. Happy test writing!

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The calculator app is probably the biggest fashion saving application (for me!) on the platform. You might be scratching your heads, so let me share a quick story.

You see not unlike the crazy pebble watch idea, there was a time when I wore a crazy watch on my wrist.

Remember these?

I proudly wore my calculator watch for maybe a year before breaking the band after catching the giant display on something :-) That was the last time a watch graced my arm in a permanent fashion. Ahh the memories.

So, this app will make sure such a fashion disaster doesn't have to happen again. Thanks to the calculator app, I can still perform those geeky tasks of calculating out gas mileage, perfect tipping, supermarket costs, etc without the paying the ultimate fashion price.

The foundations are already in place for you to add tests, but more are needed, including testing the cool "tear-off" feature, swiping to delete, and historical calculations.

Consider helping the calculator developers keep development going.  Grab the calculator branchadd a testcase from the list of needsfollow the tutorial for help if needed, and propose a merge. Thanks for helping to ensure quality for ubuntu touch!

If you need help getting started, there are 2 more workshops planned for this week. In addition the logs, and a FAQ from the workshops are now available and ready for you to consume and understand. Happy test writing!

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Ahh, Monday morning! It's time to look at the news headlines and check the stock market. As usual, your ubuntu phone has you covered for this part of your morning routine! Enter stock ticker!

As one of the newest core apps, Stock Ticker has done it's part in catching up quickly. The interface already sports working charting, news and detail views for stock symbols of your choosing via the management page.

Consider helping the stock ticker developers keep development going.  Grab the stock ticker branchadd a testcase from the list of needsfollow the tutorial for help if needed, and propose a merge. Thanks for helping to ensure quality for ubuntu touch!

If you need help getting started, there are 2 more workshops planned for this week. In addition the logs, and a FAQ from the workshops are now available and ready for you to consume and understand. Happy test writing!

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So you've seen the building excitement and noise around the core apps project and are wishing there was a way for you to help. Perhaps your not a developer or someone with the skills to help write auomated tests. Or maybe you just want a preview of what things are like and play around with the developing ubuntu touch platform.

The good news is that you can! As Jono shared, we want to dogfood the core apps this month. The core apps can all be run on your ubuntu desktop, you don't need to flash a phone or tablet, and you don't even need to be running saucy (ubuntu development version). (Of course if you do have a phone, flash it and dogfood there if possible!)


To be fair, running and playing with the core apps is a lot more fun than eating actual dogfood, and it might even be healthier for you too :-p

Enter the core apps ppa. Just a quick command away and you can get access to all of the core apps. Ready?

EDIT: You also need the qt5 and ubuntu-sdk team ppa in order for the dependencies to work. Sorry!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-qt5-edgers/qt5-proper
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sdk


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-touch-coreapps-drivers/daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install touch-coreapps

This will install the ppa and all of the core apps. They should run just fine on your desktop.

So now what? Well, even without a phone you can dogfood the apps a little. Try them out. Use them. Find bugs and problems. See if they meet your needs (real or percieved) for usage. Everyone's needs and usage will be different, and thus this early feedback is important to get into the hands of the developers.

Find a bug? See a potential missing feature? Check out the dogfooding page for bug reporting links and instructions as well as blueprints showing work items and status for features. Happy Testing err, Dogfooding!

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"What's the weather like? Got a window? Open it!"

Or I suppose I could swipe my gorgeous ubuntu phone and see my weather with lovely icons. I may just decide to stay inside and watch my virtual sun bask it's artificial light upon my skin for hours. I'm only (half) kidding.

Still it's not hard to admit the weather app is shaping up to be one of the sharpest looking applications for ubuntu touch. Martin Borho has already gotten through many of the bugs listed so there is an excellent structure in place for you to add some further tests.

Ok, so today isn't so lovely.

Consider helping the weather developers keep things looking sunny.  Grab the weather branchadd a testcase from the list of needsfollow the tutorial for help if needed, and propose a merge. Thanks for helping to ensure quality for ubuntu touch!

If you need help getting started, there are 2 more workshops planned for next week. In addition the logs, and a FAQ from the workshops are now available and ready for you to consume and understand. Happy test writing!

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A big thank you to everyone who made it to the first workshop for automated testing! For those of you who couldn't make it, let me remind you we have 3 more scheduled.

Friday July 5th at 1300 UTC
Tuesday July 9th at 1800 UTC
Thursday July 11th at 2200 UTC

But I also wanted to leave you with a quick log from the session introduction for you to peruse, as well as this list of questions from the session. I hope this helps those of you trying to learn the ropes and contribute new tests!

I'm including some of the questions below as a bit of an FAQ for those starting the journey. Read the workshop introduction and the FAQ below and go automate all the things! I'll see you at the next workshop.

What do I need to develop tests?
A raring or saucy installation (VM or real) and the autopilot and ubuntu-sdk packages installed. You will also need an understanding of how autopilot works (or be willing to learn :-) )

How do I run/install a core app?
Once you've branched your core app source code, you don't need to install it in order to run it. However there is a ppa with all the core apps you can install. To run the core app from source, run it like so in the root directory:
qmlscene APPNAME.qml, ie qmlscene dropping-letters.qml
In order to install from the ppa, follow the info here:
You can install all the core apps run them as you would any other application. After installing from the ppa, simply run the application name, ie "dropping-letters"

I recieved an error installing from the ppa; qtdeclarative5-* missing, etc
You are missing the ubuntu-sdk and related packages. Install them using
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-qt5-edgers/qt5-proper && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sdk

Can we write tests for qml apps using autopilot using precise or quantal?
No, the ubuntu-sdk and the new version of autopilot we're utilizing both require raring and preferably saucy to work.

Where can I see an example of autopilot tests?
The tutorial on is an excellent first step for seeing an autopilot test in action and seeing an explanation of the test and how it works. In addition, the file manager, clock, weather, calendar and weather core apps already have some autopilot tests written as of this writing.

How much python does one need to know in order to write autopilot tests?
Not as much as you think :-) If you are familiar with programming and can understand and use the basic autopilot functions and the ubuntu sdk emulator, writing a test won't require you to learn any fancy python.

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