Devver Promises To Speed Up App Testing For Ruby Frameworks

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Devver, a TechStars startup, is releasing its developer service to speed up running Ruby testing frameworks. Currently in private beta, Devver runs tests in parallel on their cloud, completing test suites in as little as 1/3 of the time it would take on a developer’s machine.

Devver says that using their cloud-based system, which splits up processing to multiple machines, it can run full test suites many times faster than in a typical developer environment. In addition, Devver is building features that will reduce setup and configuration time, enable easy scheduling, generate rich reports, and make it simple to share data between local and distributed developers. The product should be particularly useful in encouraging developer best practices — ie, not skipping a run of the full test suite before deploying a critical bug fix.

There are security issues to what Devver is offering, as companies must hand over their source code to third-party servers. But for Devver, there may be a sweet spot in finding companies who want faster testing and aren’t big or bureaucratic enough to care. Devver points to the success of GitHub, Engine Yard and Heroku as validation of cloud-based, ruby-focused services for the developer crowd. Further, they say that they will add functionality for PHP, Python, and Java testing frameworks in the future.

In October of 2008, Devver raised a $500,000 Series A round led by O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures that also included a group of Boulder-based angel investors, including David Cohen, the executive director of TechStars. The startup launched at the TechStars demo day last winter.

  • John Thomas

    The reason why this company exists is because Ruby is a bloated, obsolete framework that was designed for rapid prototyping, not production websites. You should invest your time into learning Haskell, Scala and Clojure. Functional programming rules.

    • Patrick

      Ruby is used for production websites more often than the languages you mention… if you really want to make a production website you’ll learn Java, C#, Python, and PHP.

    • Jeesh

      First (Troll) Post by John, Ladies and Gentleman.

  • 布里斯班

    I love Django better :-)

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  • Kevin Leversee

    Technology is the enabler of business not the purpose!

    It doesn’t matter if the application is written in ROR, Java, Smalltalk, chicken wire and bubble gum.

    As long as the application met the business objective, works and the client is happy.

    I have been a fan of Ruby since we started releasing work in 2005. For the past four years I have seen a lot of promise, a lot of hope and of course hype.

    With the Merb integration and adoption by more and more it will be obvious that ROR has a concrete place in the Web.

    My new launch is in Radiant CMS a Ruby CMS, why- for us-it made sense.

    Quit trolling, I hate geeks that talk about technology like oh NO use the most obscure shit in the world -see look at me I got the T Shirt that Proves I was their first.

    Listen to Cake- how to you afford your rock and roll lifestyle

    (re-branded to geek lifestyle)

    • led panel

      i am in your opinion.

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