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Tap Into Mobile Apps

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This bundle combines both of Jonathan Kohl's Tap Into Mobile series: Tap Into Mobile Application Testing and Tap Into Mobile Application Design. Using both of these books on your mobile app development projects can help you create great mobile app experiences for your users.

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Tap Into Mobile Application Design

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In a world that is saturated with mobile devices and mobile apps, no one wants to download and install your app.

Does that sound harsh? Unfortunately, it's a reality.

People are reluctant to install yet another app that may have limited value, is unreliable and difficult to use, or it's just plain old shady and spies on them. Sadly, we have conditioned mobile users to expect mobile apps and experiences are lame, buggy and underwhelming. It doesn't mean we have an impossible app design task ahead of us, it just means we have a lot of hard work to do. We have to be strategic about what we build and why. We have to move beyond superficial designs with bold claims that let people down after they install them.

The focus of this book is on creating an app that people find both useful and compelling and don't delete after using it. To avoid that fate, your mobile application should be engaging, reliable, easy to use, and solve real problems for real people.

Developing a mobile app that people will want and use is not easy. There is much more to design than the user interface and how the app looks. There are additional factors to take into account to ensure that people can have a great experience with your app whenever, and wherever they are. This book explores those factors and takes you beyond the superficial. There is a lot of detail on how mobile technologies work, where people use mobile apps, and how to incorporate tech and people in your designs.

WARNING: This book does not offer easy solutions. It's long and detailed, and there are topics that aren't easy to read. If you are looking for a simple how-to guide, this book won't be for you. While it isn't easy, it will to help you create the best app you possibly can.

Tap Into Mobile Application Testing

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Do you need to test applications on mobile devices but you aren't sure where to start? Or, are you a software testing veteran looking to find more ideas for your next mobile testing project? This book is for you.

In this book, you will learn:

  1. How mobile devices work: features, affordances and how to effectively use them when testing.
  2. How to use thinking tools to provide structure to your testing and test idea generation.
  3. How to test and recognize common failures on devices.
  4. How to log bugs well on mobile projects.
  5. How to create a test strategy that makes the best use of your time and resources.
  6. How important it is to incorporate physical movement into your testing.

Take the guesswork out of mobile testing projects with real-world tips and experience on how you can start your next mobile testing project with confidence.

Note: This book does not include test automation for mobile apps.


Tap into Mobile Application Testing gives you a lot of insight into testing mobile applications. It covers all the relevant topics with ample details and answers all WHYs and HOWs of mobile application testing. Informative, concise and enjoyable.... is how I would describe this book!" - Ruma Dak, Software Test Lead

Jonathan Kohl has the ability to talk about testing in a way that avoids fancy buzzwords. He has experience enough to know what is important and how to get that through. This book will be helpful to both experts, who need inspiration and new ideas, and to new testers who want to get started with the craft. There are enough hands-on examples and tips to get you far in how you work with testing. Tap Into Mobile Application Testing builds on existing ideas on testing and extends it into the mobile domain in a great way. I can recommend this book to any role that wish to learn more about how to go about testing in the mobile domain. - Martin Jansson, Software Testing Consultant

I love this book. Not only does it give you wonderful information in order to inform your test ideas in the mobile space, it also provides a good amount of background in relation to mobile technology and how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. My detailed review of the book can be found here. I really liked Jonathan's use of language, and his story telling. It made the read much easier and provided author experience which I believe to be a vital element. If you're interested in testing mobile applications (or testing in general) then I suggest you read this book. - David Greenlees, Software Testing Consultant

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