About Julian Harty

I've been working in technology since 1980 and over the years have held an eclectic collection of roles and responsibilities, including: The first software test engineer at Google outside the USA, where I worked for 4 years as a Senior Test Engineer on areas such as mobile testing, AdSense, and Chrome OS. A main board company director in England for a mix of companies involved in technology including software development, recruitment software, eCommerce, etc. Running the systems and operations for the European aspects of Dun & Bradstreet's Advanced Research and Development company, called DunsGate for 11 years. Creating and leading a small specialist software testing company called CommerceTest Limited in 1999. The company is currently resting while I work on other projects. Currently my main responsibility is Tester At Large for eBay. My main passion and driver is to find ways to help improve people's lives (albeit generally in minor ways) by helping adapt technology to suit the user, rather than watching users struggle with unsuitable software. I work on opensource projects, many hosted at http://code.google.com/u/julianharty and try to make my material available to as many interested people as practical, ideally for free and in forms they can take, adapt and use without restriction. One example of this work is on test automation for mobile phone applications, available at http://tr.im/mobtest I'm based in the South East of England. You can find me at conferences, events, and peer workshops globally. Julian Harty November 2010

Slides from my keynote on testing mobile apps at SQuAD conference

Thanks to my hosts at SQuAD conference for inviting me. I’ve revamped much of my material on the topic of testing mobile apps. As ever I have lots more I could do to improve the materials. Time and practice will help me do so. As would useful feedback. Here’s the set of slides in PDF format

Don’t Panic Mobile Testers Guide to the Galaxy (16 Sep 2013)c

The c at the end reminds me it’s the compressed version so I could get the file size down to 6MB.

Julian Harty


Symbiotic Relationships between Testing and Social, Mobile, Analytics & Cloud computing

Here is the revised presentation on Symbiotic Relationships between Testing and Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud computing presented at the Unicom conference in Bangalore, India: Testing SMAC Unicom (revision 11 Jul 2013)

There are a couple of additions to the earlier revision and the slides have been reformatted to make the it slightly better to read.

Slides for my Keynote at the Nordic Testing Days conference, Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2013

Here are my slides for my keynote talk Symbiotic relationships between Testing and Analytics. This was presented at the Nordic Testing Days conference in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2013.

The material includes:

  • An overview of how web and mobile analytics software ‘works’
  • Calibration of the tools, our understanding and our practices
  • Potential pitfalls of using Analytics
  • How to apply the concepts
  • Some possible assessment criteria

I hope you find it useful.

Presentation on: How to design your mobile app

This presentation was made at a seminar organised by HP in Helsinki, on 11th April 2013. I don’t claim it’s definitive or complete, rather I cover several topics I consider important and relevant based on my experiences working at and with companies who create and develop mobile apps.

How to Design your Mobile Apps (15 Apr 2013)

The material has been released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The Title is: “How to design your mobile apps, by Julian Harty”, if you need to attribute the material.

The Mobile Developer’s Guides

If you are interested in developing, testing, and marketing mobile apps there are several excellent eBooks available that include these topics. I liked the books so much I’ve ended up contributing to both of them. They are collaborative works with multiple contributors and authors. They are fun, easy to read and slightly quirky.

Here are links to both of them:
http://www.wipconnector.com/download/GuideToTheParallelUniverse_3rdEdition.pdf (this is the guide on how to market your mobile app). My contribution is the introduction to Mobile Analytics topic.

http://www.enough.de/products/mobile-developers-guide/ has a download link to the current version of the Development Guide – advises people on how to develop (write/create) and test mobile apps.I’ve written several chapters entirely, including the ones on testing and mobile analytics, and edit the entire book.