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Update on Go Test It

Published by Martin Kleppmann on 18 Oct 2009.

GoTestIt, my company’s product for automated functional testing of web apps across different browsers, has been progressing in leaps and bounds. We launched at Future of Web Apps, only about 7 months after the first line of code was written. Since then, lots of people have signed up and given us loads of positive feedback on the service.

Go Test It now has its own Twitter account and a shiny new blog, to which you can subscribe for product updates and useful testing tips. I will keep this blog as my personal space, for general thoughts on software development, and I won’t inundate you with marketing messages, honestly! :-)

On a personal level, you might recall that I was going to start a PhD around this time. That was back at the beginning of this year, when I didn’t know whether Go Test It was really going to go anywhere.

Well, it turned out that Go Test It is now going really well, and doing it part-time alongside a PhD is just not going to work. We need to keep our competitive head-start and continue innovating; we need to support our customer base and work on growing further; we need to continue working on the product to make sure it is absolutely rock-solid and delightfully simple to use. It is important that we continue going ahead with full force.

I have therefore decided to withdraw from the PhD, and to work on Go Test It full-time. Academia can wait; customers can’t. It is great that I can now focus fully on making Go Test It the obvious choice for web developers’ testing needs.