Cooking The Sauce for Cloud Based Open Source Testing

December 13, 2010 No Comments

SOURCE: NetworkWorld

With the explosion in web applications coupled with the explosion in mobile computing, testing performance, scalability and compatibility is an expensive and consuming process. One company, Sauce Labs is leveraging the open source Selenium web application automation testing suite and the cloud to make this process quick, easy and very affordable. I recently had a chance to sit down with Jason Huggins, the Executive Software Chef at Sauce (OK, cut them some slack it is a food theme) to see what is cooking over there (sorry I couldn’t resist).

Jason is an interesting fellow. Prior to founding Sauce Labs he ran Google’s “Selenium farm” where Google tested many of their web based apps like Gmail and Google Docs. Prior to that Jason actually was the original driver of Selenium.  Selenium is now actually a whole family or system of web application testing projects. It covers a wide range of scenarios and needs in automating testing.

What does automated testing do you might ask?  Good question.  Back in my days at StillSecure we were on pretty regular development and release cycles of our products. QA testing, scalability and compatibility testing were some of the most time consuming and expensive parts of the entire project. The problem was we never could satisfy the engineer’s specs for the full range of tests they wanted to perform prior to release. No matter what we did, the one thing we did not check would come back to bite us after release and we would get busy on a patch.  The money we spent on testing and testing gear was astronomical. Moving to an automated testing environment involved a large initial outlay in equipment and time but did result in fast release cycles

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