Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Grand Testopia User Survey

As I have mentioned once or twice on this blog, I have been steadily working towards finishing a masters degree in Information Technology. Well, the sweat and tears have paid off. Not only has it already improved Testopia immensely (the user documentation was one class project for example) but it has helped me become a better person.

I am finally entering my final course, and of course (pun intended), I need to put together a final capstone project or thesis. I am working on a lengthy white paper about Testopia and how it can be used to improve software both in open source and commercial applications.

To aid me in my research, I have put together a short survey (10 questions since that is the limit for the free surveys an survey monkey), and would like to invite one and all to make their voices heard. The main topic deals with how Testopia is being used around the world and how it can be improved.


Make your opinion count. Tell your friends. *Free warm fuzzies to the first 100 respondents! (Limited time only)

* Warm fuzzies are the good feeling variety and cannot be redeemed for cash or value in any state or country on planet earth. Void where prohibited. Expires 11/30/09 since I gotta turn in my paper by the end of class. Limit to the first 100 respondents because that is the limit for free surveys. Hey, I am cheap, what can I say.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Testopia 2.3 Wrapping Up

Finally, after much anticipation, stress, and pizza, work on Testopia 2.3 is about done. The biggest challenge that remains is to put together upgrade instructions and possibly a script. After some hemming and hawing, I finally decided to take the plunge and move Testopia into the Bugzilla extensions space, making it a bone fide... well, extension.

This means that if you upgrade to 2.3 from a previous version, and you have made modifications to the Testopia code, you will need to merge your changes into the new location within extensions. I promise the rewards will be well worth the work and wait though. For example, Testopia will now support full XML dumps and import of test plans with all their child data. Also, you can export run results in CSV format to import into your favorite spreadsheet application to build fancy reports.

You will also be able to make a true clone of a test plan now as well. In the past, cloning runs would not link to cloned test cases. Well, now you will be able to copy all your cases as well as your runs and have them magically linked to the copies.

Watch for the announcement in the coming days.