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How To Test the Roku Application for Roku development?

How to test roku application

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Are you wondering how to test the Roku application for Roku development?

Then, you are in the right place. In this article, we have mentioned the testing process of the Roku application for Roku development.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. What are the requirements for testing the Roku application?
2.1. What is the Certification Criteria?
2.2. What are the requirements of Your Product?
2.3. Is There a Need for Automation?
2.4. Get Familiar With the Available Tools
3. How to run your tests?
4. Conclusion

Introduction

In order to deliver high-quality user-experiences on Roku, and to keep up their market share of household streaming devices in the U.S., the Roku developers continuously test their Roku applications.

But, how do they do the testing? That’s the question which rings in our heads more often.

Let’s just find the answer together!

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What are the requirements for testing the Roku application?

As part of the SMART TV App development,  we need to keep an eye on the following things:

What is the Certification Criteria? 

Roku certification criteria, that are available to the public, play a major role in testing the Roku application for Roku development.

To improve the overall quality of the Roku application, the Roku developers assign the task to their teammates for each criterion. Designers and technical managers check the design and performance criteria before being published.

What are the requirements of Your Product?

Roku produces a new version of all its devices every year. Its user is going to run the Roku developer’s app on multiple models, from the latest to the five-year-old ones, that users use at home and don’t think to replace soon.

So, the Roku developers make sure that all the platforms and models support all the channel service, for that they consider the following points:-

  • The list of the types of features they are going to use in the app.
  • The list of the models that support these features.

Is there a Need for Automation?

As there is no User Interface automation available on the Roku development platform. The Roku developers have to do all the feature testing and smoke testing manually that consumes lots of time. There, time management helps to cut the last regression time.

Get Familiar With the Available Tools

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Before starting the testing part, the Roku developer should be well-aware of the available tools which are already out there.

Let’s just talk about them one-by-one!

Some of them are as follows:

  • Stream Tester Tool 

It is a tool that helps to check if a private Roku channel is supporting video streaming or not. To know more about this tool, please feel free to read: Three amazing tools for Roku development. 

  • Deep Linking Tester Tool

It is a tool that gives the ability to launch directly into a piece of content from a display ad or Roku search through ECP protocol.

  • Unit Test Framework Tool

The unit test framework tool is a tool for automating test suites for Roku channels. The test runner is the main object that collects all the test cases under the given directories.

  • When the Roku developer collects all the test cases, the test runner runs them one by one and collects the results.
  • After running all the test cases, the Test runner produces the statistical log with the selected level of critical information in the form of the output. 

How to run your tests?

  • The Roku developers create a TestRunner object (Runner = TestRunner()) and call its method Run (Runner.Run()).
  • They embrace this code with if statements and define all functions using the SetFunctions method.
  • They call the Test runner’s setter methods, before calling the Run method.
  • The Roku developers can add SetInclude and Exclude filter functions execution to add selective tests run option and can deploy their channel to the device.
  • They post the command to the device through ECP and view the test results by opening a telnet console on the device.

The Roku developers set the verbosity level call, i.e., how critical the information is. There are four verbosity levels in this framework:

  • “0” – basic level
  • “1” – normal level
  • “2” – detailed level (failed tests)
  • “3” – detailed level.

They can overwrite the print statistic, like

Runner.logger.printStatistic = custom print function

The framework tells the time spent on running the tests and also provides the total number of tests, passed tests, failed tests, and tests that caused a crash with the help of the basic level of the verbosity.

Hey, you have done it! Woo hoo!

Conclusion

After going through this article, you will be easily able to test the Roku applications for Roku development even if you are on a beginner level. You also contact 4 Way Technologies for any kind of Roku development services. Please provide your valuable feedback in the comment section below.

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