April 27, 2005

Test Tool Licensing Blowback

I've long complained that test tool licensing is self-defeating, keeping the tools from being used by the people who could most benefit from them. If only the automators get licences (because they are so expensive), then others can't benefit from their automated tests. Now i learn that there is another way they are self-defeating. Henry Wasserman wasn't allowed to use one of his company's precious Winrunner licenses:
There were plenty of available Winrunner licenses, but I was not allowed to use them because I was not part of their automation group. In fact, I was reprimanded and almost lost my job for being too persistent in asking to use one. Then I decided to write my own automation tool.
He wrote Samie, and then Samie begat Watir.
Posted by bret at 11:50 PM | Comments (2)