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January 20, 2010 09:00 ET

Sauce Labs, the Selenium Company, Announces Sauce IDE

Sauce IDE Provides Selenium Cross-Browser Functional Testing Without the Need to Write Code

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - Sauce Labs, the Selenium Company, today announced the release of Sauce IDE, a record and playback system for Selenium tests that allows individuals new to Selenium to do automated application functional testing on multiple browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera and multiple operating systems -- all without writing any code.

Selenium, the popular open source automated functional testing platform with more than 2.6 million downloads, comes in two major versions. Selenium Remote Control (RC) allows cross-browser testing for developers comfortable with writing code in Java, Ruby, Python, C Sharp, or Perl. Selenium IDE is a Firefox-only tool architected for new users. Sauce IDE, Sauce Labs' value-added distribution of Selenium IDE, allows a wider range of users to tap into the power of cross-browser testing without sophisticated knowledge of programming languages. Sauce IDE tests can be run via Sauce Labs' Sauce OnDemand cloud service, providing parallel-capable speed, ease of set up, and an instantaneous testing environment.

"We wanted to build a rich ajax enabled web site, but being a small start-up, the testing effort required seemed overwhelming," said Karl Baum, CTO of "Sauce Labs allowed us to do the impossible. We now have a suite of automated tests that run across nine browser versions and three operating systems enabling us to release with confidence daily."

"Selenium users generally fall into two different camps -- coders who prefer Selenium RC and non-coders who tend to use Selenium IDE. There used to be no bridge between them," said Jason Huggins, Selenium creator and Executive Software Chef at Sauce Labs. "Sauce IDE bridges that gap by pre-wiring the option to tap directly into the Sauce OnDemand cloud-hosted Selenium service. You get access to a sophisticated test infrastructure without all the back breaking and mind-numbing work."

A key feature in Sauce IDE is record and playback. Users who select the Sauce OnDemand option within Sauce IDE get a video of every test that runs, providing a tangible record for review of either test verifications or failures.

"Sauce IDE lets users run Selenium tests across multiple browsers and operating systems without the headache of configuring and maintaining a test environment," said John Dunham, CEO of Sauce Labs. "Just select the Sauce OnDemand option within Sauce IDE and you instantly get the cross-browser testing, you get the video results, and you don't have to do anything differently other than clicking a button. I know this, because I did it myself, uncoached."

About Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs, the Selenium company, makes the open source Selenium cross-browser functional testing platform easy to use by providing support, a cloud service for Selenium testing and commercial-grade versions of the open source software with premium features. The lead investor of Sauce Labs is the Contrarian Group, Peter Ueberroth's investment management firm. Sauce Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Visit

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