UI Mobile Automation Cross Platform

October 18, 2013 Mobile No comments , , , , , , , , , ,

I have recently been looking at UI Automation tools for some of the projects I have been working on, so i created a list plausible tools.

At first I decided to use Appium but I found that the support for ios 7 wasnt very good and also there is alot of bugs on the github repo. I even found a few bugs that were closed even when they were not fixed. So in the end I decided to try Calabash, recently they have been taken over by Xamarin and so I know that the support will be far better. After using the tool and really putting some hard test cases in, i can say that Calabash is the best tool for my projects.

Here is a power point presentation that I created that explains in detail the analysis.QA UI Automation Tools

iOS and the different images

May 24, 2013 Mobile No comments , , ,

So, as most iOS developers know, it a pain in the ass having to get all the images and their dimensions. I am currently using quite a handy tool called Resizer. The app will resize a 2x image to a standard image size, so then you only have to deal with the 2x images, you will be surprised with how much time this has saved me.


iOS App Store Images

May 24, 2013 Mobile No comments , , , ,

Sometimes when submitting an app to the app store, you struggle to get some good images. I came across this website, its pretty cool, you can upload a picture of your app and then it will appear on a premade photo but on the iDevice of your choice. Check it out.


Betfair XG Mobile

April 28, 2013 Mobile No comments , , , , , , , ,

Whilst working at Betfair, I created both the Android and iOS version of Betfair’s exchange games Texas Hold’Em(Poker InPlay).


The product plays a game of Texas Hold’Em with 4 computer players, you have the ability to bet on either of those players to win. The betting opportunity occurs during each critical event, so the Deal, Preflop, Flop, Turn and River. This game is totally random, I have tried downloading the results of a week to see if there is a pattern which can be predicted on the results but literally what odds are offered by the Betfair bot are true(alittle under true) to their outcome.

Betfair are offering a £5 risk free bet too, so take full advantage of this: http://ads.betfair.com/redirect.aspx?pid=65625&bid=1822

What is the Betfair Bot?

The Betfair bot is an account that is offering the true odds on the hands on the exchange, I call it the Betfair bot because it is a bot created by Betfair and it provides liquidity on the exchange games market. You can easily spot the bot because you will see most hands on the PreFlop will be offered at 3.95 and set amount of liquidity on all four hands. Also as I mentioned about true odds, there is 1 in 4 chance of winning at this stage hence slightly under 4.00 offered by the bot.

iOS Application:

The iOS application is definitely the better of the two applications, you can get it on itunes from here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/poker-in-play-betting-by-betfair/id593012202?mt=8

The new version(1.2) is a far superior product and includes some new features like cashout now and drag-able chips.


So in summary, if you have an iPhone or even iPad then I would recommend this product as it is fun to play and you can win some money. BTW – I am not responsible for any losses or wins you may get using this app, if you have a problem then contact Betfair.

This little review shows some of the features of the app:


Android Application:

To be honest with you, the Android application is no where near as good as the iPhone version but still playable. The Android application came out about 7 months before the iOS one because I was working on this whilst living in Romania. Actually obtaining the application is a little harder than the iOS one, here is a direct link to the app PokerInplay.apk

Here is a good review on the android product that I made http://www.bestpokerapps.co.uk/betfair-poker-android-app/


So in Summary, download the apps and play them, they are fun but just remember they were made soley by one developer, Me and I did each app in under 6 months! oh and also I am not liable for losses but if you want to give me a percentage of your winnings then I am willing to take them :P

Thanks for reading.