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A Boulder startup improving the way developers work. in closed beta!

Today we released the beta version of to our initial set of users. This release is a major milestone: while our alpha release showed that the concept could work, it didn’t have the security or scalability for real-world use. This beta is a solid foundation for us to build on in the months ahead.

We’re happy to have this release out, but it was certainly a difficult experience – we spent over two months on this release, which is more than a month longer than we expected. We’ve learned a lot from this – most importantly, that it’s very difficult to predict the time to complete large releases. We felt it was necessary to make the big changes now, but going forward we’ll be moving to much shorter release cycles (every 1-2 weeks).

In the coming months, we’ll be looking for people to try out our beta. If you have a slow Ruby Test::Unit test suite that you’d like to speed up, contact us and we’ll put you on our list.


Written by Ben

February 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Posted in Devver

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  1. Nice work guys! I'm probably not the right person for this first batch of people (I don't have enough unit tests yet!), but I'd love to try it at some point.

    Also a random question – are there unit test to test unit tests?
    Who tests the testers?


    February 16, 2009 at 1:54 am

  2. You just blew my mind. In fact, we don't have unit tests for our unit tests, but we do have larger integration tests in addition to our unit tests. These test the system as a whole – as yes, a few of our integration tests do have their own unit tests to make sure they test as expected. I think this comment wins the prize for the most uses of the word "test".


    February 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

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