Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has recognized the eggPlant range as a “visionary” in its ‘Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Integrated Software Quality Suites’! We’re excited to be included as one of the top vendors in the world, and especially by the specific comments made by Gartner who highlighted the “ease-of-use” of the complete eggPlant range combined with a “consistent stream of innovation” to deliver “a full complement of functionality including industry specific solutions”.
Ease-of-use and innovation are exactly what we focus on so it’s great to be recognised for this. It’s also what our users want. Our recent survey again highlighted that ease-of-use in all its forms (user experience, productivity, maintenance, reliability, and quick to learn) is the #1 thing our users want from their tools.
Probably my favourite comment in our customer survey this year however was “I see that my requests for improvement are taken onboard”. It’s a cliche, but our product development really is driven by feedback from our demanding and passionate users. They challenge us on innovation and they demand ease-of-use. So again we’d just like to say thank you to everyone who uses eggPlant and especially those who take the time to send us feedback.
Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed. No, TestPlant may not have put man on the moon, but they have done the next best thing and released eggPlant Performance 5.4, which builds on all of the powerful features of 5.3 and makes things much easier to use. This means that people are less dependent on specialist performance testers and can use the testing team they already have to carry out the test script development. Read more…
This year, we enjoyed the grandeur of The Clothworker’s Hall in the City of London. The Clothworkers livery company has a history covering nearly 500 years – rather longer that TestPlant’s!
We’d like to thank everyone at the IOE for their support in our continuing efforts to export eggPlant around the world!
And enjoy the photos!
Apple have announced that the first full release of iOS 8 will be available next Wednesday on September 17th.
iOS 8 will deliver some great new functionality for mobile apps such as photo sharing, a faster keyboard, family sharing, health data, and improved Spotlight. Rest assured that all these features will be easily and fully testable using iOS Gateway.
Plus eggPlant Functional remains the only test automation tool that allows a single test to drive actions simultaneously across multiple iPhones, a desktop browser, and a backend server, so that you can execute real end-to-end test cases.
iOS Gateway for iOS 8 is available for download from the TestPlant website (www.testplant.com/
‘Cycle to Work’ day, championed by multi gold winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey, aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and to cycle to work for one day, today!
According to census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly  – this number keeps growing steadily but with the ‘Cycle to Work Day’ initiative, this number should skyrocket in years to come. By 2021, the hope is to see 1 million people regularly commuting to work by bike.
TestPlant encouraged its staff to take to the wheels and cycle to work, offering a free lunch to anyone who did (and to prove this with a selfie of them and the bike). And we’ve had quite a turn-out for the first year we have supported with 39% of UK employees having cycled to work.
We further support our staff with the UK Cycle Scheme, helping staff to purchase their first bike tax-free to use for travelling to work. A fantastic initiative by the UK Government!
Our aim is to increase the number of our staff cycling to work next year! I took a selfie with a Boris bike – which did not quite make the cut for a free lunch, but I’ll definitely try cycling into work next year!
Testing is not always an entirely automated or entirely manual task. Under many conditions, combining the two approaches might be the most efficient or reasonable way to properly test an application. eggPlant Functional includes several useful commands that allow a tester to manually direct the specifics of an automated test during test execution.
The Ask and Answer family of commands allow the tester to make decisions about test inputs and branching behavior on demand, when the requirements of the application or test are too complex to be reasonably automated. The commands generate dialog boxes in eggPlant Functional or in the operating system to prompt the tester to make the decisions at the appropriate times.
These commands leverage the it variable in order to feed the tester’s decision back into the test.
The Answer command generates a prompt that allows the tester to choose from a set of pre-defined options. Answer is useful when the tester must make a careful decision about whether a complex interface in the application under test is rendering or behaving properly, or when the tester wants dynamic control over which direction the test follows in a branching scenario.
The Ask command prompts the tester with a field in which she can provide the string of her choice. This command can be helpful for inputting custom log messages or passwords into a test.
Ask file/folder and Answer file/folder
Ask file/folder and Answer file/folder use the operating system’s local file explorer to aid in selecting files for input, or locations to save output.
Soon I will be driven to work catching up on emails and listening to my favourite music, traffic flowing freely as I relax with the horrors of commuting a distant memory. No, I have not been nominated as the UK’s next European Commissioner! This is the vision of the near future from the recent Connected Cars 2104 conference in Amsterdam that I attended with Tim Haythorne. Tim handles a number of our key European accounts in the Automotive, Defence and Engineering sectors. Read more…
It is always exciting to receive positive feedback on any one of our products in the eggPlant range of software quality tools. And this is what we came across on the Portland Webworks blog.
Titled ‘Automation with eggPlant Functional‘, Brett Amundsen, QA Engineer at Portland Webworks discusses the core features and benefits of eggPlant Functional. From the patented intelligent image-recognition technology to simple scripting language and ease-of-use, Brett provides simple examples of an eggPlant Functional script.
Thanks Brett for the mention – we look forward to seeing more advanced scripts as promised in your next post!
Have a read here: www.portlandwebworks.com/blog/automation-eggplant-functional
The TestPlant Summer Reception in London, on Wednesday 25 June, was a roaring success.
Good weather, delicious food, some excellent British sparkling wine and ‘Fake Lager’ beer made for a lovely celebration in recognition of our new offices in San Francisco and Shanghai.
As George Mackintosh, TestPlant CEO, said in his speech, ‘what a mix of interesting people and what a way to celebrate the growth and expansion of TestPlant, we thank you for being part of our successful journey so far and look forward to some exciting years ahead’.
Thank you to everyone who came! Read more…
eggPlant tools are increasingly popular in highly regulated industry sectors with stringent quality requirements. I believe that is not a coincidence so I thought it would be interesting to pick apart the reasons why the eggPlant range is so effective for organisations that need to demonstrate standards compliance and to deliver systems of the highest quality and reliability; hopefully the two aims are in harmony! Read more…