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WebDriver: now at Sauce Labs

WebDriver now runs against Sauce Labs‘ testing service – using many different browsers.  And you can pay by the hour.  This is awesome:

  • Selenium was a huge leap forward in web testing.
  • Sauce Labs has been allowing people to run Selenium tests against any browser and operating systems.
  • Selenium2 (WebDriver) is another great leap forward.
  • Now their Sauce OnDemand product works with WebDriver.
  • Someone else deals with Internet Explorer 6.}

If you’re used to running IT in a small company, you might wonder that the fuss is; surely you roll out some desktop or VM machines, and get on with your testing?  I was recently talking to someone who had worked at a large North American bank: they had a Service Level Agreement to provide virtual machines six weeks after they were requested.  I shit you not.

I’ve been testing the service with Cucumber and WebDriver, and it’s been really useful.  My tests took on a new level of usefulness when everything had to connect to a real hostname, and not localhost.  It’s helped flushed out network related bugs in my code.

They’re quite pleased about it:

Obviously we’re big believers in Selenium.  As you might imagine, given that we offer Selenium as a cloud service, we’ve had a fair amount of exposure to the issues that motivated the creation of Selenium 2.  So we sought to offer Selenium 2 in our service at the earliest responsible date that would support production usage.  Three months ago we quietly introduced Selenium 2 in our production service.  We instantly had literally 100s of customers using its Selenium 1 compatibility mode.  Since then we’ve steadily ratcheted up the number of Selenium 2 users in private beta and today are excited to throw the doors open to the public to use Selenium 2 in the cloud for the first time.

(John Dunham, co-founder and CEO)

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