Simply Testable Blog

Figuring out how to automate away the pain of routine front-end web testing; the story behind SimplyTestable.com.

211 posts covering the initial idea, growth of the service, features, advances, failures and successes.

  1. Simply Testable Updates #120: Scheduled Tests Coming Soon (Hopefully)

    Our 120th updates newsletter went out today.

  2. Simply Testable Updates #119: Fixed Faulty Crawling, Scheduled Tests On-Target

    Our 119th updates newsletter went out today.

  3. Simply Testable Updates #118: Scheduled Tests Coming Next Week

    Our 118th updates newsletter went out today.

  4. Simply Testable Updates #117: Scheduled Test Development Update

    Our 117th updates newsletter went out today.

  5. Simply Testable Updates #116: Scheduled Test Development, How To Make Broken Link Checking Slow

    Our 116th updates newsletter went out today.

  6. Simply Testable Updates #115: Ignoring file:// URLs For JS analysis, Scheduled Test Development

    Our 115th updates newsletter went out today.

  7. Simply Testable Updates #114: Ignoring Links For Broken Link Checking

    Our 114th updates newsletter went out today.

  8. Simply Testable Updates #113: We're Profitable(!), Pre-Beta New Test Results, Currency In Transactional Emails

    Our 113th updates newsletter went out today.

  9. Simply Testable Updates #112: Test Result Improvements Underway

    Our 112th updates newsletter went out today.

  10. Simply Testable Updates #111: Performance++ Released, URL Discovery Encoding Bug Fixed

    Our 111th updates newsletter went out today.

  11. Performance Boost By Turning Things Inside Out

    Last Friday I deployed some changes to how test tasks are farmed out to workers. This has resulted in a 46% increase in task throughput and has nearly halved the amount of time it takes to carry out a test.

  12. Simply Testable Updates #110: Broken Link Checking Fixes; Performance++ Nearly Ready

    Our 110th updates newsletter went out today.

  13. Simply Testable Updates #109: Ignoring resource:// URLs, Performance Changes Underway

    Our 109th updates newsletter went out today.

  14. Simply Testable Updates #108: Job Performance++, System Stability++

    Our 108th updates newsletter went out today.

  15. Simply Testable Updates #107: Improvements to: Broken Link Checking, URL Discovery, Background Process Management

    Our 107th updates newsletter went out today.

  16. Simply Testable Updates #106: Unsendable Emails, UnChimpable Emails, Broken Link Checking Improvements

    Our 106th updates newsletter went out today.

  17. Simply Testable Updates #105: Handling Unsendable Emails, More Podcast Ad Prep

    Our 105th updates newsletter went out today.

  18. Simply Testable Updates #104: On Hiding The Free Plan

    Our 104th updates newsletter went out today.

  19. Simply Testable Updates #103: Oh My Goodness, Ready To Run Ads!!1!

    Our 103rd updates newsletter went out today.

  20. Simply Testable Updates #102: Podcast Ad Preparation

    Our 102nd updates newsletter went out today.

  21. Simply Testable Updates #101: Better Homepage and Features Page

    Our 101st updates newsletter went out today.

  22. Simply Testable Updates #100: Teams, New Account Page

    Our 100th updates newsletter went out today.

  23. Team Collaboration Features

    We all work in teams to achieve more than we can as individuals.

  24. New Account Page

    The Simply Testable account page evolved slowly as new features were added. It is now new again, shinier and easier to use. It wasn't always so.

  25. Simply Testable Updates #99: Team Features Coming Soon

    Our 99th updates newsletter went out today.

  26. Simply Testable Updates #98: Team Features, Account Page Changes

    Our 98th updates newsletter went out today.

  27. Simply Testable Updates #97: Guest Blog, Cold Emailing Results, Team Features

    Our 97th updates newsletter went out today.

  28. Simply Testable Updates #96: Cold Emailing, Guest Blogging and Advertising Plans

    Our 96th updates newsletter went out today.

  29. From a Service to a Product (Product Specs For Developers)

    Simply Testable from the perspective of a service offers automated frontend web testing. From the perspective of a product, Simply Testable offers the aforementioned service at a cost in a way that provides value to the user.

  30. Simply Testable Updates #95: Presenting All Test Types, New User Drip Campaign

    Our 95th updates newsletter went out today.

  31. Simply Testable Updates #94: Mobile-Ready Dashboard (And Everything Else Too)

    Our 94th updates newsletter went out today.

  32. Simply Testable Updates #93: Mobile-Ready Test Progress

    Our 93rd updates newsletter went out today.

  33. Simply Testable Updates #92: Mobile-Ready Test Results

    Our 92nd updates newsletter went out today.

  34. Simply Testable Updates #91: Mobile-Ready Test Results Underway

    Our 91st updates newsletter went out today.

  35. Simply Testable Updates #90: Mobile-Ready (And Improved) Task Results

    Our 90th updates newsletter went out today.

  36. Simply Testable Updates #89: Clearer Test Rejection/Failure Reasons, Mobile-Ready Account and Test History Pages

    Our 89th updates newsletter went out today.

  37. Simply Testable Updates #88: In-Account Newsletter Management Fixed

    Our 88th updates newsletter went out today.

  38. Simply Testable Updates #87: Mobile-Friendly, (And Cacheable!) Sign Up, Sign In, Reset Password

    Our 87th updates newsletter went out today.

  39. Simply Testable Updates #86: Use Malformed Content Types If You Like; Product Info Being Built

    Our 86th updates newsletter went out today.

  40. Simply Testable Updates #85: Filtered Test History Released, Going Mobile-First

    Our 85th updates newsletter went out today.

  41. Simply Testable Updates #84: Filtering Test History, Joining The Dots Between Tests

    Our 84th updates newsletter went out today.

  42. Guide To Reliable HTTP Resource Retrieval In Applications

    You might think that coding up the reliable retrieval of a resource at a given URL over HTTP is easy. You'd be wrong but quite forgivably so.

  43. Simply Testable Updates #83: Improved URL Resolving, Improved Retrieval of Bad SSL Content

    Our 83rd updates newsletter went out today.

  44. Simply Testable Updates #82: Custom Cookie Support, Better Long URL Support

    Our 82nd updates newsletter went out today.

  45. Custom Cookie Support (Testing User-Specific Content and Features)

    You can now specify cookies to be set on all HTTP requests made whilst running your tests.

  46. Simply Testable Updates #81: Custom Cookie Support Almost Complete

    Our 81st updates newsletter went out today.

  47. Simply Testable Updates #80: Stripe Integration Complete (Phew!)

    Our 80th updates newsletter went out today.

  48. Simply Testable Updates #79: Postmark HTTP API Integration, Stripe Integration Continuation

    Our 79th updates newsletter went out today.

  49. Simply Testable Updates #78: New Production Server, Stripe Integration Continuation, Cookie-Based Auth Planned

    Our 78th updates newsletter went out today.

  50. Simply Testable Updates #77: Testing Password-Protected Everything, Graceful Handling of Sites That Don't Respond

    Our 77th updates newsletter went out today.

  51. Testing Password-Protected Sites

    I've been working for the past few weeks on adding the ability to run tests against password-protected sites.

  52. Simply Testable Updates #76: @Passwords Fixed, URLs Resolved Before Test Starts, JS Tests For Password-Protected Sites Is Live

    Our 76th updates newsletter went out today.

  53. Simply Testable Updates #75: JavaScript Static Analysis For Password Protected Sites Nearly Ready

    Our 75th updates newsletter went out today.

  54. Much Improved Doctype Support

    I today expanded the range of doctypes we support when carrying out full-site HTML validation and significantly improved the way we check if you're using a valid doctype.

  55. Simply Testable Updates #74: Doctype Support Madness

    Our 74th updates newsletter went out today.

  56. CSS Validation For Password-Protected Sites (With Bonus CSS Retrieval Reliability)

    I've been working for the past few weeks on adding the ability to run tests against password-protected sites.

  57. Simply Testable Updates #73: Password-Protected CSS Validation, Full Unicode Support, Many Bugs Fixed

    Our 73rd updates newsletter went out today.

  58. Simply Testable Updates #72: CSS Validation Of Password-Protected Sites Underway

    Our 72nd updates newsletter went out today.

  59. Simply Testable Updates #71: You Can Now Test Password-Protected Sites

    Our 71st updates newsletter went out today.

  60. HTML Validation For Password-Protected Sites

    I've been working for the past two or so weeks on adding the ability to run tests against password-protected sites.

  61. Simply Testable Updates #70: Password Protected Sites Progress; Bugfix For URLs Returning Internal Server Error

    Our 70th updates newsletter went out today.

  62. Simply Testable Updates #69: Progress On Testing Password-Protected Sites

    Our 69th updates newsletter went out today.

  63. Simply Testable Updates #68: HTML Validator Improvements

    Our 68th updates newsletter went out today.

  64. Simply Testable Updates #67: The Week Where Nothing Happened

    Our 67th updates newsletter went out today.

  65. Simply Testable Updates #66: New Dashboard Was Released, HTML Validator Improvements On The Way

    Our 66th updates newsletter went out today.

  66. New Test Dashboard and Test History

    From day one the main focus of the service was on letting you run full-site tests that always worked. A couple of weeks ago, around a year after the MVP launch, it did. The service works, all the time, for any website *.

  67. Simply Testable Updates #65: New Dashboard and Test History Being Released Today

    Our 65th updates newsletter went out today.

  68. Simply Testable Updates #64: New Test Dashboard Preview

    Our 64th updates newsletter went out today.

  69. Simply Testable Updates #63: Link Integrity Improvements, Interview with Web Tester Tom Batey

    Our 63rd updates newsletter went out today.

  70. Interview With Tom Batey of WebDepend

    To help figure out how people who make and test websites go through the process of testing websites, I'm interviewing people who make and test websites. It's a crazy idea.

  71. You Can Now Test Any Website

    The goal all along of Simply Testable has been to let you easily run a set of frontend tests against any website of your choosing with the minimum possible effort.

  72. Simply Testable Updates #62: Share Private Test Results, Filter Results By Test Type, Towards Testing Absolutely Any Site

    Our 62nd updates newsletter went out today.

  73. Allowing Public Access To Private Test Results

    Tom Batey of WebDepend, recently contacted me by email with some feature requests that would make his life as a professional web tester easier.

  74. You Can Now Filter Results By Test Type

    See that list of error counts towards the right-hand side above?

  75. Simply Testable Updates #61: Link Integrity Tests Launched, Testing Password-Protected Sites, Sharing Private Test Results

    Our 61st updates newsletter went out today.

  76. Awesome Link Integrity Testing Now Available (If You Have An Account)

    Broken links are a pain for you as a website owner, an annoyance for you as a website user and a please-kill-me-now experience for you as a professional website tester.

  77. Simply Testable Updates #60: Link Integrity Tests Really Nearly Done

    Our 60th updates newsletter went out today.

  78. Simply Testable Updates #59: Link Checker Mostly Done, Improved Test Start/Progress/Results Pages

    Our 59th updates newsletter went out today.

  79. Simply Testable Updates #58: Simplifying Test Start, Progress and Results Pages; New Test Types Planned

    Our 58th updates newsletter went out today.

  80. Simply Testable Updates #57: Simplifying Test Results Page, Test History Plans, Many Bug Fixes

    Our 57th updates newsletter went out today.

  81. Simply Testable Updates #56: JSLint Config Options Released, JSLint Bug Fixes

    Our 56th updates newsletter went out today.

  82. JSLint Config Options Available

    This wins the prize for being a long time coming.

  83. Simply Testable Updates #55: Crawler Improvements, JSLint Config Options Coming, Product Announcements Newsletter

    Our 55th updates newsletter went out today.

  84. HTML Validation - It Doesn't Matter (Except When It Does)

    I've been preparing an introductory email-based course to help new users get the most out of what Simply Testable offers. As part of this exercise, I've been thinking a lot about the importance of HTML validation.

  85. Simply Testable Updates #54: Crawler Improvements Coming, Introductory Email Course

    Our 54th updates newsletter went out today.

  86. Site Crawler Released (And The Story Behind It)

    The Simply Testable service lets you run a set of frontend web testing tools against your entire site all in one go.

  87. Simply Testable Updates #53: Site Crawler Is Here, Announcements List, Newsletter Subscribe/Unsubscribe Features

    Our 53rd updates newsletter went out today.

  88. Simply Testable Updates #52: Site Crawler Progress

    Our 52nd updates newsletter went out today.

  89. Simply Testable Updates #51: 200 More Help Pages, Origins Of The "Variable" Element, Crawler Plans

    Our 51st updates newsletter went out today.

  90. Solving 'Element "Variable"' Undefined'

    When preparing a documentation page to cover the generic HTML validation error Element "X" undefined I started researching the causes for some specific instances of this type of error.

  91. Simply Testable Updates #50: Fixes For Common HTML Validation Errors

    Our 50th updates newsletter went out today.

  92. On Providing the Most Likely Cause For the Top HTML Validation Errors

    I wrote recently about how I'm scouring our databases to build a collection of top HTML validation errors.

  93. Simply Testable Updates #49: Hunting Down Common HTML Validation Errors

    Our 49th updates newsletter went out today.

  94. Finding the Top HTML Validation Errors

    If you're looking to produce quality web pages, validating your HTML is just the first step. You must also be able to understand the HTML validation errors you encounter and be able to fix them (if required).

  95. Simply Testable Updates #48: Premium Plan 365 Day Trial Offer Until July 31, Infinite Free Trial Hack, Bug fixes

    Our 48th updates newsletter went out today.

  96. Get an Unlimited Free Trial

    Today I launched our premium plans. All come as standard with a 30 day trial (or 365 days if you upgrade before 31 July 2013).

  97. 365 Day Free Trial Offer

    I wrote recently about the newly-launched premium plans.

  98. Premium Plan Credits

    I wrote recently about the newly-launched premium plans and why they exist.

  99. Premium Plans Launched (and Why They Exist)

    Today I launched the initial range of premium plans!

  100. Hello Postmark, More Reliable Mail Delivery

    The Simply Testable applications send a few commonplace transactional emails such as password reset reminders and account creation confirmations.

  101. Simply Testable Updates #47: Premium Plans Coming Next Week

    Our 47th updates newsletter went out today.

  102. Simply Testable Updates #46: No Progress, Moving House, Cat With Broken Leg

    Our 46th updates newsletter went out today.

  103. Simply Testable Updates #45: Subscription Handling, Startup Engineering, Moving House

    Our 45th updates newsletter went out today.

  104. Simply Testable Updates #44: Payment Handling Nearly Done

    Our 44th updates newsletter went out today.

  105. Setting the PHP Memory Limit for Travis CI

    I use Travis CI as a secondary continuous integration (CI) service to help ensure that each Simply Testable application works in isolation as expected when code changes are made.

  106. Simply Testable Updates #43: Premium Plans Well Underway

    Our 43rd updates newsletter went out today.

  107. Simply Testable Updates #42: Plans and Pricing Released Unfinished, HTTPS Enabled

    Our 42nd updates newsletter went out today.

  108. Using a Multiple-Domain (UCC) Secure Certificate With Nginx

    I recently finished setting up some of the most important Simply Testable web services to use SSL (or HTTPS if you prefer).

  109. Simply Testable Updates #41: Plans Page Mostly Done, New Documentation Site, Also CSS Validator Bug Fix

    Our 41st updates newsletter went out today.

  110. Simply Testable Updates #40: Your Account, Faster Single-URL Tests, Free Demo Limits, CSS Validation Bug Fixed

    Our 40th updates newsletter went out today.

  111. Free Demo Test URL Limits

    I've finished putting in place limits on free demo tests. I'd like to explain what free demo tests are and the limits that apply to them.

  112. Faster Single-URL Tests

    Running a single-URL test just got faster!

  113. Limits on Free Full-Site and Single-URL Tests

    Limits are starting to be applied for totally free full-site and single-URL tests.

  114. CSS Validation Local Path Reference Bug Fixed

    When performing a single-URL or full-site CSS validation, you can choose to ignore CSS validation errors from chosen domains.

  115. Your Account Page Now Available

    For those of you who have an account, you now have an account page!

  116. Simply Testable Updates #39: Your Account Page Mostly Complete

    Our 39th updates newsletter went out today.

  117. Simply Testable Updates #38: Stripe Integration Investigation, Account Plans, Your Account Page

    Our 38th updates newsletter went out today.

  118. Simply Testable Updates #37: HTTP library switching done, Revenue Plans

    Our 37th updates newsletter went out today.

  119. The Switch to Guzzle is Complete

    I've spent the past 4 weeks (or so) switching from our own HTTP client library to a third-party HTTP client library called Guzzle.

  120. Simply Testable Updates #36: HTTP library switching progress

    Our 36th updates newsletter went out today.

  121. Simply Testable Updates #35: HTTP Response Caching, Robustness++/Performance++, More Switching Http Libraries

    Our 35th updates newsletter went out today.

  122. Simply Testable Updates #34: Estimated Time Remaining Available, Switching HTTP client libraries, HTML Validator Updated, More Worker Testing

    Our 34th updates newsletter went out today.

  123. Estimated Time Remaining Now Available

    Providing feedback during a long-running operation is a very good idea.

  124. Simply Testable Updates #33: More Robustness++, More Bug Fixes

    Our 33rd updates newsletter went out today.

  125. Ignoring False CSS Background Image Data Url Errors

    I learned yesterday from @johnholtripley that CSS background image data URLs were presenting CSS validation errors incorrectly.

  126. Simply Testable Updates 32: Bugfixes, Robustness++

    Our 32nd updates newsletter went out today.

  127. Batch of Content-Retrieval Bugs Fixed

    Today has been focused on fixing bugs that just so happen to all relate to content retrieval.

  128. Simply Testable Updates 31: Staying Signed In, Backups In Place

    Our 31st updates newsletter went out today.

  129. Choosing Data To Exclude From An Application Backup

    I'm putting in place a data recovery plan to ensure we're never again left with nothing should we ever again lose both hard drives in our production server at the same time.

  130. Staying Signed In

    Account creation was launched back on 9 November 2012.

  131. Simply Testable Updates 30: Recovery Strategy, Backups Mostly There

    Our 30th updates newsletter went out today.

  132. Data Recovery Strategy

    In the middle of January we experienced major downtime and data loss due to the failure of both hard drives in our production server.

  133. Improved Viewing of Results For Large Tests

    We've had a problem viewing the results of large tests for a long time.

  134. Simply Testable Updates 29: Large Full Site Tests Working

    Our 29th updates newsletter went out today.

  135. Simply Testable Updates 28: Still Moving Towards a Backupable Restorable System

    Our 28th updates newsletter went out today.

  136. Simply Testable Updates 27: Backupable Progress - Restorable Data, Reduced Backup Size

    Our 27th updates newsletter went out today.

  137. Simply Testable Updates 26: Back From The Dead, Single URL Tests, Backup Strategy

    Our 26th updates newsletter went out today.

  138. Service Restored

    The recent emergency maintenance is now all complete.

  139. Simply Testable Updates 25: Massive Service Failure, JSLint Improvements on the Way

    Our 25th updates newsletter went out today.

  140. Down For Emergency Maintenance

    The service has now been restored.

  141. 3 Non-Code Production Performance Improvements For Developers

    Last night I gave a talk titled "3 Non-Code Production Improvements For Developers" at the January 2013 Unified Diff meetup.

  142. Simply Testable Updates 24: Talk @UnifiedDiff Today, CSS Validator Improvements, JS Static Analysis Improvements

    Our 24th updates newsletter went out today.

  143. JS Static Analysis Against 404ing JS URLs No Longer Failing

    I noticed yesterday that some full-site JavaScript static analysis tests were failing quite ungracefully.

  144. CSS Validation For Non-Relevant Content Now Skipped

    If you have non-HTML URLs in your sitemap, such as URLs for PDFs, HTML tests for such URLs will be marked as 'skipped' to indicate that the test was not run due to it not being relevant.

  145. Creating and Using a Github OAuth Token With Travis And Composer

    I use GitHub to host the opensource code repositories for the Simply Testable applications and a collection of self-contained libraries created for the applications.

  146. Simply Testable Updates 23: Missing/Invalid Doctype Support Live, CSS validator Improvements, Unified Diff Talk

    Our 23rd updates newsletter went out today.

  147. Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) Support Improved

    Thanks to the feedback from @igll, internationalised domain name (IDN) support has been improved.

  148. Simply Testable Updates 22: Improved IDN support, Missing/Invalid Doctype Support

    Our 22nd updates newsletter went out today.

  149. Simply Testable Updates 21: JavaScript Linting, CSS Validation Options

    Our 21st updates newsletter went out today.

  150. CSS Validation Options Explained

    I recently wrote about how CSS validation needs to be improved to make it relevant to your work and explained what options were to be introduced.

  151. Improving CSS Validation: New CSS Validation Option Choices

    I've recently been adding some options to CSS validation tests to make the tests more useful. Or, depending on your perspective, to make CSS validation useful where it previously was not.

  152. Improving CSS Validation: The Need for Control Over The CSS Validator

    I've recently been adding some options to CSS validation tests to make the tests more useful. Or, depending on your perspective, to make CSS validation useful where it previously was not.

  153. Simply Testable Updates 20: CSS Test Option Refinement

    Our 20th updates newsletter went out today.

  154. Simply Testable Updates 19: JavaScript Static Analysis, Test Option Refinement

    Our 19th updates newsletter went out today.

  155. Installing JSLint For Command Line Use On Ubuntu

    In adding JavaScript static analysis in addition to HTML and CSS validation to the set of full-site tests you can run, I need to run JSLint from the command line.

  156. November 20th Downtime Post-Mortem

    Last Tuesday (November 20), whilst I was on vacation, Simply Testable broke.

  157. Simply Testable Updates November 2012 #3: Mega Downtime, Test Type Choices, Improvements You Won't Notice

    Our 18th updates newsletter went out today.

  158. Choose HTML Validation, CSS Validation or Both

    Since the introduction of CSS validation two weeks ago, any new full-site test ran both HTML and CSS validation for all URLs.

  159. Simply Testable Updates November 2012 #2: CSS Validation Is Live

    Our 17th updates newsletter went out today.

  160. Account Creation Live

    Account creation is now live! You can now sign up for your free account.

  161. Simply Testable Updates November 2012 #1: Evil People Steal My Bike, Account Creation Mostly Done

    Our 16th updates newsletter went out today.

  162. Simply Testable Updates October 2012 #5: Hello Capacity, Testing Local Sites, Short-Term Feature Plans

    Our 15th updates newsletter went out today.

  163. How To Test A Local Site

    I've been asked a few times if it's possible to test a local website. You can. Here's how.

  164. Simply Testable Updates October 2012 #4: Database Performance++, Account Creation Underway

    Our fourteenth updates newsletter went out today.

  165. W3C HTML Validator On Ubuntu 12.10

    I recently upgraded all local development and CI systems from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10.

  166. Simply Testable Updates October 2012 #3: Large Interest, Post Launch Problems, Performance Comeback

    Our thirteenth updates newsletter went out today.

  167. Switching From Apache To Nginx on Ubuntu Server

    We're changing the web server Simply Testable uses from Apache to Nginx.

  168. Post-Launch Post-Mortem

    We launched publicly last Wednesday.

  169. Capacity Problems All Over The Place

    Friday saw us mentioned by WebResources depot to their 35,000 RSS subscribers. Capacity problems followed. We coped, but only just. About an hour ago @smashingmag tweeted about us to their 630,00 followers. Capacity problems followed.

  170. Limited Task Assignment For Better Parallel Test Performance

    A problem of which I've been aware for a while and which was the root of significant problems for yesterday's MVP release relates to how test tasks are assigned out to workers.

  171. Simply Testable Updates October 2012 #2: Public Launch Day!

    Our twelfth updates newsletter went out today.

  172. Multiple Sitemaps, Indexed Sitemaps Supported

    The URLs to be tested when running a full-site test are gathered from a website's sitemap.

  173. Showing Us Some Love

    People have nice things to say about Simply Testable!

  174. Gracefully Handling Test Failure Without Blocking Test Progress

    Sitting at the bottom of the list of improvements on the homepage at simplytestable.com since a little before the private alpha release is the item:

  175. Test Timeouts Now Supported

    Timeouts. Sometimes they just happen.

  176. Simply Testable Updates October 2012 #1: MVP In One Week, Timeouts Handled, Better Sitemap Handling, Error Pages

    Our eleventh updates newsletter went out today.

  177. Our Technology Stack

    I've been asked a few times, most recently by the guys at Matcha Labs, what tech simplytestable.com uses and how it all works together.

  178. Simply Testable Updates September 2012 #4: Public Alpha, More Performance++

    Our tenth updates newsletter went out today.

  179. Compressed Sitemaps Now Supported

    The URLs against which to run a full-site test are ideally collected from a website's sitemap.xml. This is usually a plain XML file containing a list of URLs and some metadata regarding those URLs.

  180. Redirect Loops and Long Redirect Chains Detected

    Redirect loops are no fun. You visit a URL and it 301 redirects you to another URL which 301 redirects you to another URL which then eventually redirects you back to where you started at which point the fun begins again.

  181. URLs Now Collected From News Feeds

    A full-site test that aims to carry out a set of tests against every URL for a site needs to get the URLs from somewhere.

  182. Simply Testable Updates September 2012 #3: Performance++, RSS Feed Support, Test Failure Support

    Our ninth updates newsletter went out today.

  183. Production Bug #002 Spotted - Redirect Loops

    Today I spotted a second case where an HTML validation test doesn't complete properly - redirect loops.

  184. Test Failures Now Supported

    Up until yesterday we had no way to spot a failed test. I'm referring not to a failure such as an HTML validation test finding errors but a test that fails to run at all.

  185. <meta name="Content-Type" ... > is invalid

    In investigating production bug #001 I noticed some web pages were trying to specify the character encoding used but were doing so incorrectly.

  186. Production Bug #001 Fixed

    Following yesterday's private alpha release, I was trying to figure out why some HTML validation tests were failing.

  187. Simply Testable Updates September 2012 #2: Private Alpha Released, Things to Fix, Things to Improve

    Our eighth updates newsletter went out today.

  188. Private alpha release available

    The private alpha release is now available: http://alpha1.simplytestable.com/.

  189. Simply Testable Updates September 2012 #1: Epic-scale Performance Improvements, Private Alpha One Week Away

    Our seventh updates newsletter went out today.

  190. Working Prototype In Action #004 (Video)

    An update to the third prototype demonstration; the results page is displayed once a test completes and the details of the errors encountered can be examined.

  191. Simply Testable Updates August 2012 #5: Working Prototype Progress

    Our sixth updates newsletter went out today.

  192. Working Prototype In Action #003 (Video)

    An update to the second prototype demonstration; an indication of the number of errors encountered in a test is displayed as the test progresses.

  193. Working Prototype In Action #002 (Video)

    An update to the first prototype demonstration; the list of URLs being tested against is dynamically updated as they are discovered and tests against them are performed.

  194. Working Prototype In Action (Video)

    A quick demonstration of the latest working prototype running a site-wide HTML validation test.

  195. Simply Testable Updates August 2012 #4: Internal Prototype Working

    Our fifth updates newsletter went out today.

  196. First Test Results

    I reached a significant milestone today: the first real test was run.

  197. Simply Testable Updates August 2012 #3: Progress, Integration Automation, First Real Tests

    Our fourth updates newsletter went out today.

  198. Installing The W3C HTML Validator With HTML5 Support (On Ubuntu)

    We use the W3C HTML validator for driving HTML validation tests.

  199. Simply Testable Updates August 2012 #2: Progress, HTTP Testability, Roadmap

    Our third updates newsletter went out today.

  200. Integrating Resque Into A Symfony Application

    We use a job system to handle the queuing and running of tasks asychronously with respect to the application flow. Actions that could get in the way of things running smoothly and which don't mind when they happen are put into a queue to be run later.

  201. Opensource Libraries We've Created and How We Use Them (Part Two Point Two: HTTP Testability)

    I created some libraries for dealing with certain matters that would be common across the Simply Testable service.

  202. HTTP Failures And What To Test For In HTTP Applications

    In part two point two in the series of opensource libraries we've created I'll talk about how we test HTTP-based applications.

  203. Simply Testable Updates August 2012 #1: Progress, Opensource HTTP Client Library, Unit Test Improvements

    Our second updates newsletter went out today.

  204. Opensource Libraries We've Created and How We Use Them (Part Two Point One: HTTP Reliability)

    I created some libraries for dealing with certain matters that would be common across the Simply Testable service.

  205. Simply Testable Updates July 2012: Architecture Overview, Opensource Libraries, Task Sequences and Progress

    Our first updates newsletter went out today.

  206. Tasks and How They Combine Into Series and Sequences

    Tasks are where all the fun is. Tasks (ultimately) give you the insight into what is right or wrong about your site. Tasks give us a fun place to play around with testing against specific quality factors.

  207. Opensource Libraries We've Created and How We Use Them (Part One: URL Handling)

    I created some libraries for dealing with certain matters that would be common across the Simply Testable service.

  208. Architecture Overview

    A client such as the web interface, an iOS app or an Android app, sends a site test job request to the core application. The client reports back to the user on the status and progress of the job and presents the results of the test once complete.

  209. Allowing Slashes in the URL Path With Apache

    Ever found yourself needing to allow slashes in a URL path? http://app.simplytestable.com/job/http://simplytestable.com/start

  210. High Level Plan

    Simply Testable is launching publicly October 2012, about 12 weeks from now. It will allow users to perform a range of quality-related technical and non-technical tests across a given web site.

  211. The Beginning

    This is a story of how I came to be sitting here writing about developing a brand new professional automated web front-end testing service.