During the recent Future Internet Assembly 2013 meeting in Dublin, Ireland the PROSE project held a joint workshop with the SOCIETIES project on “Testing Mobile social applications and Open source forges”.
The purpose of the workshop was to help those in the FIA community to identify a number of tools, techniques and open source forges, to assist in the development of mobile applications, or their service back ends.
In the first session of the workshop, speakers from the SOCIETIES project presented their experiences in developing and testing mobile social applications. SOCIETIES is using Github as its repository of choice, however Bruno Jean-Bart (from TRIALOG) outlined some of the QA extensions and bespoke software needed to automate the integration and system tests within SOCIETIES, eg. continuous integration tools such as Jenkins, and unit test framework Junit.
Alan Walsh (TSSG) presented the Android perspective, outlining the tools used to test and build the SOCIETIES Android client.
Haoyi Xiong (IT-SUD) explained how SOCIETIES can save your mobile phone’s battery life. In his presentation he outlined the energy consumption for various types of mobile applications and presented some ongoing work using SOCIETIES to optimise the wireless connection to maximise the battery life.
In the second session, the PROSE speakers gave an overview of the PROSE platform, Miguel Ponce de Leon (TSSG) explored the newer forge options for something more than a SVN/GIT repositories. In particular important features and tools such as an integrated wiki, a bug tracker, support continuous integration tools, and a choice of repository (svn/git/etc) were highlighted.
Finally, Rui Ferreira (IT – Aveiro) presented on building an Open Source Forge for European projects. He started by presenting some of the more interesting results of the recent PROSE survey (still open) which incorporates input from other open source EU projects and their requirements for forges. This was followed by a live demonstration of the PROSE platform hosted at OpenSourceProjects.eu.
The workshop concluded with an interesting exchange of views in the Q+A section.