Hexawise Recent Updates

September 6, 2011

Improved

Hexawise emails

Many of them used to start with “Do not reply to this message…” This was silly cargo culting by us. We want you to reply whenever you have anything to say to us!

 

Improved

Value Expansions and Any Values

When Hexawise does not need a value from a parameter to provide coverage for a specific pair (or triple, etc.) in a test, the test value specified for that parameter in the test is marked in purple italics and a sample possible value is provided for what could be any value. In the case that the sample value itself was subject to a value expansion, the sample value was not expanded. Now it is.

 

Improved

New user registration flow

The confirmation page is now more clear about the next step to take to confirm your email address. Also you no longer have to login after confirming your email.

 

Fixed

Long dormant user registration bug

Pairwise error: new user, no @ in provided email address.

 

September 2, 2011

Fixed

IE 7 and IE 8 problems in Create Tests

This was a triple mode fault where a higher latency connection, browser of IE 7 or IE 8 and creating tests would intermittently cause a partial page render.

 

August 26, 2011

Improved

You can now export plans without generated tests if you so desire

Thank you to Sreenuraj for this request.

 

August 23, 2011

New

Advanced How-To Progress Checklist

There is a new, Advanced, How-To Progress Checklist with explanations of how-to do these six things with Hexawise:

  • Create a Thorough Test Plan
  • Create Value Expansions
  • Create a Risk-based Test Plan
  • Analyze Tests
  • Create Auto-Scripts
  • Import a Test Plan
 

Improved

Basic How-To Progress Checklist

Added two new items to the Basic How-To Progress Checklist:

  • Create an Invalid Pair
  • Export a Test Plan
 

August 5, 2011

Improved

Project sharing dialog

The project sharing dialog is now more user friendly. If you add a users email, but forget to click the add user button before leaving the dialog, it now asks if you want to add the user.

 

Fixed

Empty parameter values when using biased value expansions

In some rare cases, generated tests could display an empty parameter value rather than an expanded value when using biased value expansions with a small number of values and a higher test strength. In the unlikely event that you have this case in one of your plans, you may need to force test regeneration by making some innocuous change in your test definition.

Thanks to Tanmay for bringing this issue to our attention.

 

August 4, 2011

Improved

Format of the AutoScript worksheet in Excel exports

Due to popular demand, we are now using a slightly modified version of the HP Quality Center export as the AutoScripts worksheet of the Excel export. Thanks to the users that requested this change. We like it too.

 

New

Instructions in XML Export on how to preserve file formatting for import

These instructions (permissible file formats) are in the Table of Contents worksheet of the export.

 

Fixed

Text bolding in AutoScript worksheet of Excel export

After some recent changes to handle illegal XML characters, the bolding was coming through as HTML. This is now resolved. Special thanks to Bryan for alerting us to this error.

 

Fixed

Error updating parameters with some special Unicode characters

Now resolved.

 

Fixed

Error exporting some test plans

After some recent changes to handle illegal XML characters, a small number of customer plans would not export. This is now resolved.

 

August 3, 2011

Fixed

Graphical Glitches in IE 8 and Chrome

Some graphical glitches (mis-sized fields, overlapping panels, etc.) were introduced in an upgrade last week. These issues are now resolved.

 

July 23, 2011

Fixed

Escaping of illegal XML characters in import and export

A few illegal XML characters were not being properly escaped for the spreadsheet importing and exporting. This is now resolved.

 

Improved

Test strength order in export dialog

The strength of the tests you will export are now in strength order (rather than the order of when you created them) in the export dialog.

 

Improved

Upgraded additonal system components

Should result in some modest performance improvements of the server-side processing.

 

July 15, 2011

Improved

Upgraded system components

Should result in some modest performance improvements of the server-side processing.

 

Fixed

Errors when using some Unicode characters in value expansions

Now resolved.

 

June 17, 2011

New

Educational user tasks

There are a set of 4 “Basic” tasks to introduce new users to Hexawise. When you complete a task, it is marked complete. You can click on a task to see how to do it.

 

New

New user tour of Hexawise

New users get a tour of the major features of Hexawise on their first login to the tool.

 

Fixed

Highlighting of invalid pairs (before a refresh)

Immediately after creating new invalid pairs, the hover highlighting was not correct until the plan was refreshed. This is no longer the case.

 

June 10, 2011

Improved

Fewer “no possible value” cases

Some improvements were made to the test generation algorithm to decrease the likelihood that lots of invalid pairs will result in tests with a “no possible value” for a given parameter value.

It is always possible to chain invalid pairs in such a way that a test won’t be able to provide a valid value for a particular parameter, but the point of this improvement is to be more sure that it’s truly not possible to provide a value, and that the algorithm hasn’t missed a value that could be possible if other changeable values were changed.