Guest Post: All About Mobile Continuous Integration

April 20th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

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CI’s not a new thing. Wikipedia says the phrase was first used back in 1994, way before modern mobile apps. Today it’s commonplace in many dev shops for developers to expect that their code is automatically tested when they commit and even automatically deployed to a staging environment.

For mobile developers though, it’s been a slow road to adopting many of these same practices.  In large part, this is because mobile brings with it a whole set of unique challenges that make implementation tough.  Nevertheless, tools have evolved a lot and mobile dev teams get a lot of value and goodness from having a solid CI system in place. Here are my top 3 reasons for using CI with the mobile products I work on: Read the rest of this entry »

Sauce Labs Continues To Expand Senior Management Team With Two Key Hires

April 16th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sauce Labs, Inc., the leading cloud-based web and mobile application testing platform, today announced it has appointed Tom Kress as Vice President of Sales and Lubos Parobek as Vice President of Product. The moves further support Sauce Labs’ momentum, equipping the company to meet the unprecedented demand for its web and mobile app testing platform. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Post: Functional Testing in 2016 – Forecast

April 15th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Massive changes in the development world are good and extreme for devs, but quality assurance (QA) teams are impacted as much, if not more. They may be taking on more tasks, looking at new tools, and thinking about new ways to execute their growing test suites. And looking forward, QA in the future looks much different than it does today. It is moving so fast that the changes – both good and bad – will be even more obvious by next year. Here is what QA looks like in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Post: What Automated Testing Really Provides

April 9th, 2015 by Adam Goucher

One of the more fun meme’s on the internet is the ‘correlation does not mean causation‘. One of my favourite examples of this is stop global warming: become a pirate. Application development, and society at large, are full of these [fun] problems.

So what have we incorrectly correlated in the browser automation niche? The number of browser-based scripts and a decrease in test cycle time.

First off, the decision to be ‘done’ testing is actually quite arbitrary. And though the inputs into that decision are often quite uniform, occasionally someone or something will throw a monkey wrench into the mix and people make a guess/take a risk. Therefore, there is no correlation between the number of scripts and test cycle time. Read the rest of this entry »

Speed up Selenium with Application Mocks

April 8th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Let’s face it, we all know Selenium is slow. Not the Selenium scripts themselves, but the process of interacting with the operating system and browser drivers, in addition to your application’s own responsiveness. Luckily for us, there’s a great way to speed up functional testing in Selenium by combining a comprehensive parallel testing grid with application mocks. Read the rest of this entry »

Practical Tips + Tricks for Selenium Test Automation [RECAP]

April 7th, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

selenium testing & sauceThanks to all of you who joined us for Practical Tips + Tricks for Selenium Test Automation with expert Dave Haeffner – author of The Selenium Guidebook.

In this webinar, Dave explained the best and most useful tips & tricks from his weekly Selenium tip newsletter (

Topics covered included: Read the rest of this entry »

Applitools Recognizes 16 Influencers + Thought Leaders in Test Automation

April 2nd, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Test Automation Top Influencers and Thought Leaders_500wSaucesome news in the automated testing world! Our friends at Applitools recognized several Sauce employees and friends in their Top 16 Influencers and Thought Leaders in Test Automation list, including our Co-Founder Jason Huggins, Director of Ecosystems and Integrations Jonathan Lipps, and Selenium expert Dave Haeffner.

Applitools stated, Read the rest of this entry »

Practical Tips + Tricks for Selenium Test Automation [WEBINAR]

April 1st, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

Have unanswered Selenium questions? Want to learn how to use Selenium like a Pro? Join Dave Haeffner – author of The Selenium Guidebook – as he steps through the best and most useful tips & tricks from his weekly Selenium tip newsletter (

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Sauce Labs Expands Executive Leadership Team; Appoints Charles Ramsey to CEO

March 31st, 2015 by Amber Kaplan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sauce Labs, Inc., the leading cloud-based web and application testing platform, today announced the appointment of Charles Ramsey to CEO and co-founder Steve Hazel to CTO, with interim CEO, Jim Cerna, resuming his role as CFO. These changes to the executive leadership team enable Sauce Labs to structure the organization to best meet continued customer demand and accelerate the pace of business operations. As evidence of this momentum, Sauce Labs recorded 154 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2014 and announced it had closed a $15M Series D round earlier this month.

“The proliferation of web and mobile applications across a myriad of devices and operating systems is fueling a demand for services that leverage an enterprise’s need to accelerate innovation and deliver the highest quality software experience,” said Ramsey. “We are aligning the entire organization to deliver on a customer-first promise and to continue to enhance the Sauce Labs offering, one that maximizes the productivity and throughput of software development teams and keeps them focused on creating great applications.”

Sauce Labs provides a high-performance Platform-as-a-Service for automated testing that is optimized for continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) workflows. When tests are automated and run in parallel on virtual machines, testing time is significantly reduced and developers and DevOps teams no longer need to devote time to managing testing infrastructure. When paired with a CI system, multiple development teams can instantly provision additional testing resources, on demand, to test web, hybrid and native applications, continuously and affordably. Sauce Labs currently supports more than 500 browser, operating system and device platform combinations.

“Charles joined Sauce Labs as Chief Revenue Officer right around the time we began the company’s CEO search. From the beginning it was clear that he had all of the qualities we were looking for in a CEO. Sauce Labs is a very fast growing company with strong company values and we wanted to leave no stone unturned in selecting the most compelling candidate,” said Rob Meinhardt, partner at Toba Capital and Sauce Labs board member. “I view it as an impressive endorsement of Charles that the board unanimously appointed him CEO after considering him alongside a pool of very impressive and seasoned CEO candidates.”

Prior to joining Sauce Labs, Ramsey was an early member of the Quest Software management team, where he served as vice president of World Wide Marketing and Sales. He is a former Venture Partner at JMI Equity and has also served on the board of directors at notable companies such as Configuresoft, Inc. and ServiceNow, Inc. Early in his career, Ramsey rose to vice president, North America Sales for Computer Intelligence, a division of Ziff Davis, after beginning his career with the IBM National Accounts Division in a variety of sales assignments. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.

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Jon Austen Runs JMeter on Sauce Labs, with Result Updating!

March 31st, 2015 by Dylan

Sauce customer Jon Austen reached out to share how he bent Apache JMeter to his will, not only running tests against Sauce Labs, but also calling the REST API afterwards to update the Job’s metadata.

(JMeter is a load testing and performance measuring tool from the Apache project. It has Selenium capabilities, so can be used to do functional testing of your sites, which is where Sauce Labs shines. We don’t really recommend building a load test suite using Sauce Labs as your primary source of load.)

We asked if he’d let us share his awesome work with all of you, and he said we could because he is a total champ. He also posted his repo to Twitter, where he’s @austinjt.

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