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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Test upcoming browsers automatically via jsTestDriver

by Ben

We’ve been using jsTestDriver (JSTD) along with the Jasmine BDD library via jasmine-jstd-adapter. We’re also using some glue code I wrote called jasmine-jstd-conf which writes a jsTestDriver config file based on jasmine.yml.

Right now, we have some older, mostly-unused machines running a bunch of browsers attached to JSTD. While doing some maintenance today, I had an interesting idea: we need to support the browsers that are popular according to our analytics. That typically means the current and previous version, except for IE, which we support 7.0+ (9.0 is current).

However, we also need to support the next version of any popular browser.  Since Chrome and Firefox both have a beta channel of what is likey to be released as the next version, we can easily test whether any of our JavaScript will break in the new version of those browsers before they’re released and before a user runs into a problem we could have detected earlier.

So, we now have Chrome 16, 17 (current), and 18, along with Firefox 9, 10 (current), and 11.

Here’s some sample JSTD output from a Jasmine test suite we have:

Chrome 16.0.912.77 Windows: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (267.00 ms)
Chrome 17.0.963.56 Mac OS: Run 100 tests (Passed: 100; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (318.00 ms)
Chrome 17.0.963.56 Windows: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (196.00 ms)
Chrome 18.0.1025.39 Mac OS: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (209.00 ms)
Firefox 9.0.1 Mac OS: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (681.00 ms)
Firefox 9.0.1 Windows: Run 50 tests (Passed: 49; Fails: 1; Errors 0) (1598.00 ms)
Firefox 10.0 Windows: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (293.00 ms)
Firefox 10.0.2 Mac OS: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (260.00 ms)
Firefox 11.0 Mac OS: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (368.00 ms)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Windows: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (2749.00 ms)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 Windows: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (2078.00 ms)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 Windows: Run 100 tests (Passed: 100; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (698.00 ms)
Safari 534.52.7 Mac OS: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (1553.00 ms)
Safari 6533.18.5 iPhone OS: Run 50 tests (Passed: 50; Fails: 0; Errors 0) (184.00 ms)

With that many JavaScript implementations to support, writing automated tests only makes sense.

You might also be interested in the Testing Toolbox slides I presented at the NewHaven.rb October Lightning Talks.

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