SmartBear Launches TestLeft Developer Focused Test Automation Tool
SmartBear's new TestLeft helps developers create tests within IDEs, minimizing test creation time in a Continuous Delivery environment.SmartBear Software, a provider of software quality tools for developers building mobile, Web, Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected apps, has announced a new developer focused test automation tool known as TestLeft. The tool enables developers working in an Agile and continuous delivery environment to create tests within integrated development environments (IDEs), which helps to reduce test creation and maintenance time. Nikhil Kaul, product marketing manager for testing at SmartBear Software, told eWEEK that with Agile development, testing is moving more into the development cycle. "Traditionally the manual tester and automation engineer were involved in testing," he said. "However, to release faster in an Agile marketplace, developers with strong technical expertise are increasingly working alongside testers to contribute towards test automation frameworks. This has resulted in a shift-left model, with development contributing towards quality assurance efforts from day one of the project. TestLeft is targeted towards such developers. Hence, the name "TestLeft" tries built upon the shift-left model in which developers are responsible for testing." Indeed, many development organizations are increasingly adopting an Agile development approach to shorten the product delivery cycle and release high quality applications in a predictable fashion to the marketplace, SmartBear said. Testing in these short Agile iterations often necessitates a "shift left" model, an approach in which testing starts much earlier in the application lifecycle.
"We are very excited about opportunities SmartBear's TestLeft will bring to our testing organization," said Brian Schaffer, director of automated testing at Interactive Intelligence, in a statement. "Combining the best UI object recognition in the industry with extremely fast IntelliSense, the power of .NET framework and benefits of a strongly typed object oriented language will give us an opportunity to make our functional UI tests faster and more maintainable than ever before."