They say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. But, not this week. I’m in Vegas at Discover meeting with customers, sharing stories and gaining insights into the apps and testing realm. Come find me if you’re here too!
We often have news to share at Discover, and this year did not fail to disappoint. One of the most significant announcements is a new functional testing automation solution called Lean Functional Testing, which lets you write functional automation tests in C# or Java, right inside your IDE. These tests can run as part of your Continuous Integration and DevOps pipelines.
One of the biggest challenges for software development today is meeting the business demands of speed and agility. Trying to meet these challenges has led to adoption of agile development methods. A key component of agile development is continuous integration and continuous testing--which needs to take place earlier in the development lifecycle. This is known as ‘shifting left’. LeanFT is designed to help you shift left, by enabling continuous testing and continuous delivery. It slots seamlessly into your development environment, letting developers, testers, DevTesters and automation engineers write tests for a rich set of modern application technologies (not just the Web!) without having to leave Eclipse or Microsoft Visual Studio. The tests become part of your development ecosystem, such as Git, Subversion and Microsoft TFS, and can be configured to run as part of your Jenkins builds. The tests produce reports that are compatible with your existing reporting mechanism.
Here are some of LeanFT’s key benefits:
- Faster test creation – LeanFT comes with a set of tools and utilities that help you write and maintain your tests quickly. If you’re already familiar with Unified Functional Testing, you’ll be right at home with many of the features and concepts.
- High predictability – LeanFT works with standard unit testing frameworks such as NUnit and JUnit, which leads to better collaboration and alignment between developers and automation engineers.
- Lower Costs – You don’t need a separate tool to develop and run LeanFT tests. It comes with plugins for IDEs such as Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio.
- Trusted Expertise – Enterprise Services has added LeanFT to their Testing and Quality Assurance Services. These services will help you find and remove defects in your development and management processes, and get your applications in your customers’ hands more quickly.
As well as integrating with your IDE, it also integrates with other tools, such as Application Lifecycle Management, Quality Center, and Mobile Center.
There are also going to be a bunch of major upgrades to Unified Functional Testing and to Business Process Testing. And if you upgrade to UFT 12.5, you’ll get a FREE license for LeanFT!
Oh, when you can get it? LeanFT will be available in July 2015,. UFT 12.5 and BPT 12.5 will also be available in July.
If you happen to be reading this while at Discover, hop over to Booth 2075, by the DevOps Zone, and get a sneak preview of LeanFT, and maybe even get to meet some of the wizards who designed and wrote it!
Let us know how excited you are to get your hands on LeanFT and shift your GUI testing left--from right inside your IDE-- by leaving us a comment in the box below.