Gomez Inc. this week announced the industry's first on-demand quality assurance applications.
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Gomez On-Demand QA Solutions help Web development organizations reduce design cycles, perform true production-based testing for new Web applications, and ultimately increase the quality of the user experience. The Reality XF solutions allow for simple and cost-effective testing of Web applications prior to deployment, across any browser, operating system, geography or connection type.
These newest on-demand solutions expand the Gomez ExperienceFirst platform, eliminating up-front license fees and protracted implementation periods of traditional quality assurance and proprietary test solutions. Gomez On-Demand QA Solutions leverage open source frameworks and are delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, enabling Web development operations of all sizes to benefit from them.
Gomez On-Demand QA Solutions also address the challenges posed by today's Web applications, which increasingly depend on aggregating third-party functionality at the point of delivery -- the browser. The implementation of new client-side delivery tools such as Ajax and the proliferation of alternative browsers have given rise to a host of variables -- including operating system, geography and connection speed -- that can affect the performance of an application.
The initial Gomez On-Demand QA Solutions, which are part of the Gomez ExperienceFirst platform, include three new applications: Reality Load XF, Reality Check XF and Reality View XF.
Reality Load XF is the industry's only solution that lets users load-test applications under real-world peak loads using real devices connected to the Internet. Unlike traditional load-testing solutions which either test against simulated behind-the-firewall or limited outside-the-firewall environments, Reality Load XF leverages more than 14,000 "last mile" measurement locations on the Gomez ExperienceFirst Network to deliver tests that realistically emulate the profile and load characteristics of a customer's actual production user base.
Reality Check XF is the first solution for cross-browser functional QA testing of Ajax-enabled applications. Reality Check XF allows users to load scripts of business transactions recorded using the leading open source Web-testing framework, Selenium. Once loaded into the system, these scripts can be played back manually or on a scheduled basis against the desired combination of browsers and operating systems.
In addition to providing a pass/fail determination of the Web application's functionality, the product captures screenshots and movies of each test. This enables developers to see precisely how an end user would experience the application, which is critical for Ajax-enabled and other Web 2.0-type applications.
Reality View XF allows a Web developer to profile the visual performance of a Web page across multiple browsers using a single-click test. It supports the most heavily used browsers, including IE6, IE7, Firefox 2.0, Opera 9 and Safari at multiple screen resolutions, and the major operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and Mac OS X. Reality View XF provides detailed, actionable information on how each browser renders the page, enabling the developer to optimize its performance for end users.
Gomez On-Demand QA Solutions will be available for general release in the U.S. as a separate set of services in the second quarter of 2007 from www.realityqa.com. Rollout to Europe is planned later in the year.