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Test Collab v1.12 released: Introducing Test Plans, Improved Requirements Management and coverage reports

We’re proud to announce our latest release Test Collab v1.12, which introduces Test Plans, an in-built requirements management engine, new coverage reports: for entire project, version-wise and module-wise and several enhancements and bug fixes.

Test Plans
You can now contain multiple test executions under one entity, i.e., test plan. Besides acting as a parent for multiple test executions, you can also use test plans to mix-and-combine multiple configuration values for creating multiple test executions. Consider this example:

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Our latest addition: Execution templates, because we love DRY

Creating same kind of test executions is a hassle, especially when you find yourself selecting same set of cases again and again. Test Collab introduces a feature of Execution Templates with this release, and as the name suggests, based on these templates new Test Executions can be created quickly.

Test execution creation process requires the user to select the set of suites having the test cases that he wants to be executed and the tester who will be responsible to execute them. Continue reading

Bye Bye, PHP 5.3!

It has been a long time since PHP 5.3 was declared unsupported, while we continued to support it at Test Collab.

Test Collab version 1.8.2 will be our last release to support PHP 5.3. Our next releases 1.9.0 and onwards will no longer support PHP 5.3 and will need at least PHP 5.4 or onwards to run properly.

Self-hosted versions price revision

With effect from 15th June, 2015 – the prices for self-hosted versions will be revised from $150/user to $200/user. Unlimited user license will be revised from $8000 to $9500.

Save big on self-hosted license if you decide to buy before 15th June.

New execution interface for faster and flexible executions

Currently our test execution popup works well for many teams where sequential-execution is a must. But it has a drawback: flexibility.
Many teams need flexibility in their testing without enforcing order of test cases execution. We’ve now made such a scenario possible with new execution interface. So, instead of popup, your test case information is displayed side-by-side as test cases tree list. This means, you can jump to any test case or suite in middle of execution and come back to test case where you left, very easily.

This feature is currently alpha and is available on request while we collect more feedback from users. It will be available as configurable option on all instances soon.

Jan 14, 2015: Unpexpected outages in last 24 hours

First off, we apologize to all our hosted customers for two consecutive outages in last 24 hours which resulted in downtime of 15 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.

What went wrong?
Our billing server had an unexpected issues at data center which required a manual restart – this should have been simple enough. But due to some issue, server was stuck while restart operation. Although the application server (HTTP Server + DB) was running all the time during both outages, it interacts with billing server – and when it failed to do so, many of you saw following error:
“Plan for this account has been expired. Contact your account owner”

What we’re doing to avoid this in future?
Note: As much as I’d like to put this in simple words but if you’re not a web expert you might not understand this part but we’d still like to keep things transparent with all of you.

  • Response from billing server will be cached for longer time period – so downtime on billing server won’t affect the application functioning.
  • DNS Cache times will be increased, so any failure on DNS servers won’t affect application accessibility for those with almost expiring DNS cache records.
  • We’re also considering new options to communicate with our customers during downtime.
  • First two changes are to be implemented immediately within 48 hours.

    Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience.