March 8, 2019
For those of you who keep up with the Atlassian ecosystem, you will most likely be aware of some breaking API changes that they are making to their cloud platform. This article describes the changes and explains what that means for Inflectra customers.Read More
March 4, 2019
We have recently hosted a webinar on The Top Alternative To Micro Focus QA Suite. If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.Read More
February 26, 2019
Our automation group is wrapping up the final testing and documentation for our next major release of Rapise, our powerful and easy to use codeless test automation tool. With the new 6.0 version getting ready for release in the next couple of weeks, we thought it would be useful to highlight some of the major changes and new features you can expect with the new version.Read More
February 6, 2019
On January 31, 2019 Inflectra hosted a test automation-related webinar called: Codeless Test Automation - Myth or Magic?
During the webinar, Adam Sandman, Inflectra's Technical Director, showcased the top 10 features a competitive codeless test automation tools should include in 2019.
If you were unable to attend this webinar, we have a recording for you.
Feel free to check it out below.Read More
December 17, 2018
Our last free webinar of 2018 had an ambitious goal: to use Rapise to build an AI-powered robot that can mine Salesforce contacts from email signatures. The presenter was Inflectra's senior automation architect - Denis Markovtsev who showed us how to design a robot that can read emails from Exchange mailbox, send emails to a third-party Machine Learning powered REST service for contact extraction, and how to create new contacts in Salesforce via the UI.
Some of you may have missed the webinar, so we made a recording for you, which is enclosed.Read More
December 3, 2018
There's a resurgence of codeless test automation tools in the market, and members of the testing community are understandably skeptical of the promises of hassle-free, easy to maintain testing. This article describes the benefits that codeless test automation tools provide over having your programmers write automation code by hand, and outlines how Rapise meets the test laid down by experts in the industry of the ten key features that such a tool needs to have to be useful.Read More
November 30, 2018
On November 29, 2018 we hosted a webinar on automating the testing of yet another aspect of Dynamics AX - its security permissions.
If you were unable to attend, here is the webinar recording.Read More
November 19, 2018
Dynamics NAV is all about Purchase and Sales orders. Therefore many end-to-end testing scenarios involve creation of an order at a certain step. Sales Order, for example, requires to fill in customer name and order lines. If there is a need to use different data in different testing scenarios then there is a requirement to make the Sales Order test data-driven. The enclosed video explains how to do just that using Rapise.Read More
November 1, 2018
Rapise is the most powerful and complete software testing tool on the market for testing the Microsoft Dynamics family of applications. In addition, many of our customers are using Rapise to perform Robotic Process Automation (RPA) of Dynamics applications to automate common business processes and tasks. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing and/or automating Microsoft Dynamics AX. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
October 30, 2018
Team Inflectra were pleased to sponsor the 2018 Fall Software Testing Professionals Conference (STPcon) in Arlington, VA last week. We met a lot of inspirational speakers and had a chance to demonstrate the latest version of our award-winning SpiraTest - test management software, and Rapise - our test automation platform to the attendees. We also got to give away lots of cool Inflectra swag and prizes for winners of the STPcon raffle.Read More
October 18, 2018
One of the unique needs when designing and developing mission systems for the defense industry, is the fact that you need to be able to trace system requirements to individual test steps in a test case. Based on this advice we received from industry subject matter experts, we added support in SpiraTeam v5 for this feature. However one limitation was that the data migration tools we have for loading data from Excel into SpiraTeam don't let you add requirement - test step links in bulk... until today.Read More
October 11, 2018
Rapise is the most powerful and complete software testing tool on the market for testing the Microsoft Dynamics family of applications. In addition, many of our customers are using Rapise to perform Robotic Process Automation (RPA) of Dynamics applications to automate common business processes and tasks. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing and/or automating Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
October 5, 2018
It's Friday and after a long week at work, we thought it might be good to share an anecdote from the week. We had a customer call our support team with a really important question that had been vexing their team. How do you pronounce Spira? Well find out the truth.Read More
September 10, 2018
If you remember our blog post - The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes - then you'll remember that we lamented that it's often hard to practice what you preach when it comes to yourself, because you are so busy delivering first for customers! Well, as a prequel to that, we realized that it was worth mentioning how ended up using Rapise to debug issues in Rapise itself!Read More
September 4, 2018
A while back we wrote about how to make a UI test automation project a nightmare, well in the second part of this blog series, we explore some ways you can wreck and derail an automation project. Hopefully you will do the opposite and become a test automation hero!Read More
August 22, 2018
One of the most famous expressions is that the people who are in the business of a providing a particular service are so focused on delivering for their customers, that they don't practice what they preach for themselves. For example, the cobbler who repairs shoes, has no time to fix those of his family. However that analogy is unfortunately often the same when you look at software...Read More
August 7, 2018
We have all seen slick demos of automated testing tools and frameworks. They show how you can quickly automate a nice, well constructed login page. The test records easily, the playback is seamless and it all looks so easy and painless. Then you purchase the tool and when it makes first contact with a real application, it looks as seamless as a Rube Goldberg machine!Read More
July 23, 2018
We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the similarities and differences between Selenium Page Object vs Rapise Object Repository. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.
This webinar was first presented at DevGeekWeek 2018 by Inflectra's senior software engineer - Alexey Grinevich.Read More
July 20, 2018
We are please to share with you the recording of our recent webinar on Using REST & UI Testing To Test An Ajax Web Application.
The webinar is based on a talk by Adam Sandman, first presented at STPCon Spring 2018.Read More
July 16, 2018
Thank you for joining our July 5th webinar on Addressing The Challenges Of Web UI Test Automation Using Rapise. The webinar recording and slides are offered below for those who had to miss it.Read More
July 3, 2018
Robotic process automation (RPA) software is designed to quickly automate business tasks in applications such as Microsoft Office, Web application, Microsoft Windows client/server applications, or even Legacy AS400 applications without coding or programming. Unlike API automation tools, RPA tools connect to the user interface of the applications, simulating the user actions to complete the business tasks.Read More
June 18, 2018
We are announcing a new price for Rapise - Inflectra’s test automation powerhouse, to come into effect on August 1, 2018.
The new pricing policy affects only the new purchases of Rapise. Inflectra’s existing customers and existing quotes of Rapise (if issued before August 1, 2018) will not be affected by the price change.Read More
June 11, 2018
We are please to share with you the recording of our recent webinar on automating testing of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central with Rapise.Read More
June 4, 2018
Now we all know that automated testing can be a real pain sometimes. Imagine you have this big, complex web application with lots of dynamic elements, IFRAMEs, hidden layers, and other impediments to automation. Writing test automation scripts by hand with Selenium would be a Herculean task. So instead, see how we have built intelligence into Rapise to make testing such an application easy as pie.Read More
May 30, 2018
Thanks to those who attended our recent webinar discussing the challenges and opportunities testing and developing software and systems in the financial services and banking industries. We have published a recording of the webinar and Q&A.Read More
May 17, 2018
So, we had the task of loading a bunch of users into an instance of SpiraTest for our upcoming Social Testing competition this week. The good news was that we had a nice Excel sheet of all the users that had registered using Eventbrite and Meetup, but we now had to get them into SpiraTest. What we needed was a tool that can read a spreadsheet and make REST web service calls into SpiraTest to create the projects and load in the users. Wow, we have a tool that can do that, Rapise! Find out how we used Rapise to automate this laborious task.Read More
May 2, 2018
The webinar demonstrates how to create a framework for automated end to end (E2E) testing of a third-party application for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform. It is a great example of how you can extend the functionality of Rapise yourself to test custom controls (grid, tables, treeviews, etc.) more easily.Read More
March 6, 2018
March 2, 2018
In mid-April 2018, #teamInflectra is coming to California! And we're combining teaching and learning at STPCon with efforts to strengthen relationships with the Inflectra community on the West Coast. With this in mind, we've planned a number of events for our partners, customers and technologists in California:
Please consider joining us for one of the events detailed below:Read More
February 14, 2018
Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Salesforce.com. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Salesforce.com, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Salesforce's new Lightning Edition. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
January 30, 2018
Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics products, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
January 25, 2018
Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics NAV. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics products, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
December 19, 2017
There are many ways in which you can make the lives of test automation teams harder. If you are a developer or system architect and one of testers is the kind of guy you dislike, this article is for you. Enlightened by the sacred knowledge contained in this short article you will learn how to make UI of any application nearly untestable.
Alternatively, if you are a kinder soul and respect others' hard work, you may consider topics presented herewith as anti-patterns.
So, let's go.Read More
December 19, 2017
Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics products, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Dynamics CRM and Dynamics 365. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
December 1, 2017
Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Salesforce.com. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Salesforce.com, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Salesforce.com. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
November 28, 2017
Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics AX, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Dynamics AX. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.Read More
November 8, 2017
As we wrote back in August, Firefox has completely changed its plugin architecture in the soon to be released Firefox 57. One of the side effects is that many plugins including Selenium IDE and the plugin used by Rapise will not work. However one of the benefits of a commercial tool like Rapise is that we provide support, including updating our plugins when necessary.Read More
September 26, 2017
We are pleased to release the updated Development Roadmaps for our KronoDesk help desk system and Rapise test automation platform. The development roadmaps outline the functionality enhancements planned for later this year and 2018.Read More
September 7, 2017
It is never a dull moment with Inflectra, and after the lull of summer, we are back with vengeance! Which is to say, we are going all out sponsoring two software testing events in September-October 2017 in the US: STPCon in the greater D.C.-area and Agile Open Florida, in Orlando, Florida. So, if you are attending one of these, read what Inflectra has in store for you (and if you are not, there is still time to sign up):Read More
September 5, 2017
As you may know, one of the core strengths of Rapise is its support for testing Microsoft Dynamics applications. Rapise offers the best automated testing solution on the market for Microsoft Dynamics AX, CRM and 365. However that is not sufficient for us, after several customer requests, we are pleased to announce that the next version of Rapise due for release in a couple of weeks will also include built-in out of the box support for MS Dynamics NAV as well.Read More
August 7, 2017
Ever wonder which automated UI testing software to use for Dynamics AX ?
August 1, 2017
We have big news - Rapise 5.2 is Now Released! Our automation development team has been working to add the remaining features needed for full scriptless test automation using Rapise Visual Language (RVL) and now it is here!Read More
July 28, 2017
Software products are not islands, the value of a product is how well it works with the surrounding ecosystem of other technologies, frameworks and platforms. In this article we highlight some of the recent work by Team Inflectra to integrate our Rapise test automation tool with ElasticSearch and also demonstrating how it can be used to automate a combination of web and desktop UIs to drag and drop files from Windows Explorer to Google Drive.Read More
July 17, 2017
We are busy bees this summer, and one of the most exciting new features of Rapise is the fact that we're adding support for data-driven testing using the new Rapise Visual Language (RVL) with the introduction of Maps and Loops to the new scriptless language.Read More
July 12, 2017
We just released the final evaluation guide in our three part series comparing legacy HP products with new and easy to use alternatives from Inflectra. Coinciding with the announcement that HP is selling its software assets to Micro Focus, we thought it would be good to highlight the three guides in case you need help convincing your boss or a co-worker on the benefits of switching to Inflectra.Read More
June 20, 2017
Web applications are a perfect example of a rapidly moving target for UI test automation tools. Agile and DevOps drive small changes and frequent releases. This leads to certain challenges in QA field. How to create tests that survive after small UI changes? How to create tests that produce same results if ran 10 times in a row on an unmodified application? How to create tests that check exactly those features they were designed to check?
Answers to these questions are not entirely simple. Test automation is still an art.
In this blog we try to figure out what every test automation engineer can do to find the right answers. First I'll give a few examples that illustrate common challenges in Web UI test automation.Read More
June 14, 2017
Take any tool for UI test automation and you will notice that they always lack support for some of the UI controls. And I am not talking about trivial ones like buttons and edit boxes, but the one that are custom controls, which are unique and created for specific needs. It can be some sophisticated grid or menu or a fancy tree. A number of such controls in this rapidly evolving world is growing exponentially. So, every UI test automation engineer is challenged by emerging UI frameworks in every project. This is especially true for Web applications.
As a provider of a UI test automation tool - Rapise - we constantly do our best to arm engineers with the most advanced technologies to help them deal with new UI controls.
This article by Danis Markovtsev will showcase a real-life example of this.Read More
June 12, 2017
We’ve mentioned before that Inflectra is sponsoring DevGeekWeek2017 in Israel later this month. One of the perks of being a sponsor is an ability to engage with the conference attendees through seminars and talks. It is then only natural that we decided to also contribute our experience, technical knowledge and testing wisdom to this conference.
So, we are sending #TeamInflectra’s crème de la crème - Adam Sandman, Inflectra’s Technical Director, to talk about A Real-life TestOps Environment during a seminar called: Real Testing Scenario Strategy lead by Anna Lucovsky on June 21, 2017.Read More
June 7, 2017
In this short blog post, our test automation guru - Denis Markovtsev explains the ideas and principles behind the design of Inflectra's new Rapise Visual Language (RVL) introduced in Rapise 5.1. RVL is a spreadsheet-based approach to UI test automation implemented in Rapise to help domain specialists and test analysts, who are not programmers, participate in test automation projects.
May 30, 2017
Team Inflectra was excited last week to present at the SQADAYS 21 testing conference in Moscow. Leading practitioners in Software Quality Assurance attended the XXI International Conference of Software Quality Assurance in Moscow, on May 26-27, 2017 to share knowledge on test automation, quality assurance and all things software testing. Our colleagues Denis Markovtsev and Alexey Grinevich attended the event, with Denis speaking on the topic of best practices for testing an application that is constantly being upgraded.Read More
May 22, 2017
We're very excited about the next version of Rapise coming out later this week. It has many enhancements and improvements for testing the web, mobile and desktop applications which we'll be discussing in future blog articles. It also has some nifty new features to make the testing of REST web services even better.Read More
April 18, 2017
Chris, one of Inflectra's latest interns, has created a brand new way to get data into SpiraTeam: Google Sheets (feel free to check out the code on Github). Google Sheets is great product, letting you create spreadsheets from anywhere at anytime. While it's great for us as consumers to use, what's it like for a developer? Chris explains some plusses and minuses to working with the Google Sheets API.Read More
April 18, 2017
We're very excited about the next version of Rapise coming out later this month. It has many enhancements and improvements for testing the web, mobile and desktop applications which we'll be discussing, but the biggest new feature is the ability to create scriptless tests, using a familiar Excel-based grid framework for composing automated tests. Unlike some other tools (cough cough HP UFT) this is natively part of Rapise, not some add-on.Read More
April 4, 2017
One of the most popular sessions in our recent user summits in London, Zürich and Mannheim were the discussions of the future Inflectra product roadmaps. We presented the proposed roadmap for SpiraTest, SpiraPlan, SpiraTeam and Rapise to the community and captured their feedback and suggestions (sadly there was not time to also cover KronoDesk). Based on their feedback we have now published the updated roadmaps for the products for 2017/2018. Learn what users in Europe had to say.Read More
January 26, 2017
As we close out our focus on Rapise this month, we thought it would fun to take a look at how the UI used to look when it was first released in 2010, as well as look at how we've adjusted the UI to include new features while keeping the application simple to navigate.Read More
January 17, 2017
As you may have read, we've just released the latest major update to Rapise, our unified platform for testers. Rapise 5.0 brings many benefits for testing web applications (Edge support), desktop applications (faster testing of WPF and UWP apps), API testing (SOAP support and REST enhancements), and load testing (integration with NeoLoad).
However the biggest piece of news was that we now have added support for Microsoft Dynamics, the powerful ERP and CRM system from Microsoft. We support the current Dynamics AX and CRM platforms as well as the future Azure-based Dynamics 365 service. This article discusses what this means for you and why it is such big news!Read More
January 9, 2017
In the next week or so we shall be formally releasing the next version of our popular automated testing IDE. In this article we give you a taste of what to expect for both existing customers looking to upgrade and new customers that want to empower their testers with powerful tools to make their job easier.Read More
October 20, 2016
The move to cloud computing has highlighted the importance of
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). With the rise in cloud
applications and interconnect platforms, API testing is a necessity. However what makes a good API? What happens when you change the application but need to support existing users of the API?
May 19, 2016
As we're wrapping up the final testing of SpiraTeam v5.0 we're adding the documentation and testing the new v5.0 API. This API will be available in both REST and SOAP options. This reminds us of why we're adamant about the need to version the API and not resist the impulse to make changes to existing functions and methods. This article explains discusses API versioning and some suggestions we have for anyone thinking of adding an API to their product.
April 7, 2016
During our conversations with customers we have found that a common need when using Rapise to test web applications is to be able to easily and quickly match a specific item in a grid/table of results without worrying about the order or position of the item. This article provides a neat new feature added in Rapise 4.0 to make this common task easier.
March 7, 2016
When companies evaluate test automation tools
for web testing they are often facing a similar question: What's the
advantage of using Rapise
instead of Selenium? Though the larger question is: Why should you pay
for a commercial tool instead of using a free one?
November 30, 2015
In accordance with the theme this month of user interface updates and user experience in general, we'd like to talk about some of the UI changes being made to our Rapise test automation product. These changes are based on the results of user testing and feedback from our customers. It's an interesting topic because it shows the dramatic impact the UI can have on an application.
September 25, 2015
As part of our work on Spira v5.0 and the new plugin we're developing for the popular ZenDesk help desk system, we need to be able to make cross-original REST web service calls to Spira. For KronoDesk we used JSONP, but for ZenDesk we decided to add CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) support to Spira 5.0 to make it easier. However implementing CORS support using WCF was not so easy so we're publishing our solution to help other software developers implement CORS using
July 9, 2015
One of the features of Rapise, is an integrated Web Spy, also known as a DOM Browser. It's similar to the tools already in the web browsers such as IE, Firefox and Chrome (e.g. Firebug), but unlike using those tools it has lots of nifty features for making web testing easier and also integrates directly into Rapise testing IDE so that you can code against any of the elements visible in the Spy. This article describes how to use the Spy.Read More
June 16, 2015
Do you need to test native mobile applications? Are you looking to test on both physical and simulated devices? Are you tired of manually coding automation scripts and looking for an easier way. This webinar explains how Rapise can simplify the testing of your mobile applications using an Android application and tablet as an example.Read More
June 9, 2015
Many times, when testing, a tester will want the ability to run through many variations of the process recorded. This can be accomplished manually by running the test, then editing the test to use different data. The process of editing, rerunning, lather, rinse, repeat, gets very old after the first time. Plus this process is not very efficient with time and it can introduce issues through the slip of a finger. Enter Data-Driven Testing with the Spreadsheet Object Read More
March 13, 2015
These days APIs are all the rage, with any application or web site worth its salt providing an API, usually using SOAP (more likely nowadays) or REST as the possible option. Well we've had a SOAP API available in Spira since 2008 and recently we announced the introduction of a complete REST API as well. So what does this mean for the future of Spira and why did we choose to add a REST API? Read More
February 20, 2015
In Rapise there are several options as far as controlling interaction with a database from outside the user interface. Most of what you do in Rapise is interaction just like a user would, clicking buttons and interacting with drop-downs, text boxes, and on screen data, but occasionally there is a need to make a manipulation behind the scenes. Read More
February 12, 2015
Once you have learned objects with Rapise, it is time to use them, or modify how you use them. As a primary functional element, buttons are pretty ubiquitous. Submit, Calculate, etc… You push a button for most transactions. This article explains the different operations that can be performed with buttons during automated testing. Read More
February 6, 2015
You built your first test. And it works, as planned! Congratulations! Based on that test you submitted a bug and proved your worth and the value of automation! Again congrats. Now development has “fixed” the bug, time to retest. OOPS! The test fails, not due to the bug, but because the flow is wrong. Read More
January 29, 2015
Rapise is powerful, and flexible. But how? It is not only in the many ways you can learn an object, manipulate an object, or alter the test. Rapise also gives you the ability to select which recognition engine to use. Not only that, you can also modify the engine itself. Read More
January 22, 2015
So lets assume you have read the other articles, and know how to learn objects in Rapise. What do you do now? How do you run and modify a test? The answer depends on the method used to create the test. Read More
November 5, 2014
What happens when all else fails? You use a hammer. In the case of Rapise, that hammer is analog recording.Read More
September 23, 2014
Every now and again, and it does happen to all of us, we encounter an object that may be poorly built, hacked together, incompletely coded, or just resistant to being recognized by any of the myriad of methods employed within Rapise. I would take this situation from two separate perspectives depending on how often you encounter the issue of not being able to learn or interact with an object with Rapise. Read More
September 19, 2014
With our test automation tool - Rapise, you have a powerful and flexible automation engine for your QA projects. One of the reasons it is so powerful is that it is easy to get started and develop your first test, delivering results right away.Read More
September 17, 2014
Rapise has several methods for learning the objects within the application under test. While still easy to learn, this method does not automatically develop a runnable test that will deliver any meaningful results. Herein we will discuss the learning methodology and provide a flow to follow, however we will not have a runnable test in the end as no input or click-stream data will be captured.Read More