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Zeenyx AscentialTest Review
Our open source projects benefit from being harnessed from this central point of control.


Valuable Features:

The application under test gets flattened out with the snapshots and "pathing" the elements is a natural activity, leading to ease of use with the step development. For example, once a browser test was developed it was easy to keep it maintained after a port from Javascript to Typescript: only a few snapshots were required! The ability to switch to Z mode is very convenient: it aids the test developer with a development background in being productive in those settings, however by the same token the step approach is to be used for many other activities, so the blend leads to a winning IDE, imo.

Improvements to My Organization:

As a platform corporation a primary strategic goal is to develop coherent tests across platforms, and this is where Ascential Test shines. Our open source projects benefit from being harnessed from this central point of control, as the projects are incarnated in wpf clients, Docker containers and AWS back-ends, open source DBs and web browsers, with imminent migration to micro-services architectures and mobile extensions.

Both principals are veterans of the testing tool wars, and so are sensitive to refinements in the ui as it relates to tester workflows. They listen to feedback and enact it if it is congruent with their vision for the product, and they are committed to ux improvement. Their strategic commitment to supporting mobile devices in 2016 is an indication of their vision. There is a real sense of partnership when on-boarding with Zeenyx: you will not get left behind or have to eventually write off your testing assets, instead you will get a new version with many of your requested improvements.

Room for Improvement:

Limitations are found to be primarily in the ux of the tool; for example when in doubt one often right clicks in an unfamiliar product to get unstuck, and AscentialTest lacks some of these fineries. Having to double click on certain fields in order to get into edit mode is a bit non-standard, and again some care needs to be put into the ux so that the user does not get stuck. The Elements Tree should be searchable, with hits when the control is Clipped, Hidden etc. The otherwise fine online Help lacks a “See Also” section. These are growing pains and being addressed.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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