A Rapid Prototyping Software Framework for Early Acceptance Testing of Mobile Applications.

Manfred Bortenschlager, Elisabeth Haid, Wolfgang Schwaiger (2007): A Rapid Prototyping Software Framework for Early Acceptance Testing of Mobile Applications. In: Frew, A. (Eds.): Proceedings of EyeForTravel 07. London

Mobile applications are finding increased acceptance in tourism, particularly tourist services like city, sport or museum guides. The potential of mobile services is difficult to estimate a priori because hardly any user acceptance tests can be carried out before having a concrete implementation of that service. Due to this fact, enterprises risk potentially high misinvestments because of the wrong decision to develop a mobile application which does not get accepted on the market. This paper introduces a software framework which proposes to integrate rapid prototyping into the development process in order to be able to conduct early acceptance tests in the real user context. This approach allows savings in time and cost and increases in quality and customer satisfaction. As a showcase, the proposed methodology was applied to the development of a mobile TourGuide to plan and conduct tours and subsequently, confronted with the efforts of conventional mobile software engineering.

Keywords: Rapid Prototyping, Mobile Applications, Acceptance Testing, Software Framework Development

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