Thursday, July 16, 2009

Who you calling ugly?

As mentioned in my previous post, the web has been abuzz over FlexMonkey this week. I noticed that was referencing us and so I clicked on over to see what they had to say. Here's the quote from Bruce Eckel:
Looking closer to home, Jon Rose at Gorilla Logic has just released Flex Monkey, a free tool to automatically test your Flex UIs. I've known Jon through various events so decided to look at the site. As with many sites, it contains a fair amount of cleverness but no clear statement of what they are about. However, among the slogans I found one that I thought had promise: "The answer is not more monkeys." It's succinct, catchy, and on the right track, because it's suggesting that more things should be automated (and Flex Monkey is an example of that kind of automation). Alas, the rest of the site doesn't give me a clear idea of what they do.
Now I've done some hanging with Bruce and he's someone I like and respect, so I talked to our graphic designers and had them make some changes to our home page.



In all seriousness, we do appreciate any and all feedback on the site (and we do really like Bruce).

Meet the Monkey

We're gratified by all the buzz being generating around FlexMonkey in the wake of our 1.0 release this week. A search for FlexMonkey +testing on google returns more than 12,000 links.

My own article, which gives an overview of FlexMonkey's advanced features and discusses user interface testing more generally, was published today on InfoQ at Eric Owens, our lead developer on the FlexMonkey project published an intro article on Adobe Devcenter at

If you haven't already, please take a minute to meet the monkey and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The monkey has landed!

FlexMonkey 1.0 is here! After nearly nine months of gestation we've delivered what is undoubtedly the premier record/playback testing automation tool for Adobe Flex and AIR applications. And it's free!

For the thousands of folks who are already using FlexMonkey 0.8, FlexMonkey 1.0 brings significant new functionality including a completely revamped user interface which makes it much easier to record and playback tests. We've also added the ability to take snapshots of portions of the screen or of property values to be verified during playback. In addition to testing Flex apps, FlexMonkey 1.0 for the first time provides direct support for testing AIR apps. The FlexMonkey Console is now itself an AIR app, but can launch standalone as well as browser-based SWFs for testing.

Please let us show you our monkey at! You can also check out Gorilla Logic's Flex service offerings at