Wednesday, July 15, 2009

FlexMonkey: test automation for Adobe Flex

I'm a real fan of automated testing. I really don't understand the idea of teams of people driving a UI as a way of regression testing, though there are certainly a lot of major products out there which use exactly that method to test. I think one big reason for that is that user interfaces which aren't written in HTML are notoriously hard to regression test.

A lot of what we do at Gorilla Logic is Flex atop Java. As a result of that, we had to find a way to regression test Flex user interfaces; it's not really practical for an agile team to survive without automated regression testing. Enter FlexMonkey. FlexMonkey was developed and offered to the community in open source as THE way to do regression testing for Flex, and having seen it in action, I have to say I'm really impressed. It's easy to get started with, easy to use, and easy to fully automate. The documentation is enterprise-grade, and best of all, it's free. It took me about half an hour to get it running and automated under ant, and I've never coded in Flex.

So go check it out: FlexMonkey 1.0 released in Google Code (open source) yesterday.

Here's a bit more about Flex and what we do at Gorilla Logic:

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