Spring ’23 Release 1

Executive summary

We’re happy to announce the latest updates to Provar Automation, Provar Manager and University of Provar with our Spring ’23 Release 1 update. This latest release is now available in the Provar Success Portal. This release includes Provar Automation compatibility with the Salesforce Spring ’23 release to keep your tests working as expected.

For Automation users we highly recommend updating to get the latest product features and enhancements and important compatibility updates in line with the latest changes by Salesforce Inc.

In order to reflect our growing range of products, we’re now issuing a clearer monthly release cadence that includes all updates across our products and services. Within this release note you will find updates about Automation v2.9.0, Manager v2.15.0, University of Provar courses and even Salesforce Trailhead courses we have published since our last release.

Automation v2.9.0 at a glance:


  • Provar compatibility updates for Salesforce Spring ’23 release, including information and guidance about any instances where your test cases may require revision.
  • Integration with LambdaTest for remote cross-browser testing.
  • Automatic Callable test case dependency upload for Provar Manager integration.
  • Enhanced support for Dynamic Forms & testing visibility criteria.

Manager v2.15.0 at a glance:


  • New Test Step Execution Timeline
  • New Plugin Marketplace for easy access to install DevOpsCenter, JIRA and other integrated ISV packages
  • Reordering of Test Cases within a Test Suite

Access world-class customer support at the Provar Success Portal


Providing ongoing support is a part of our promise to help you deliver robust, scalable and repeatable testing to achieve release agility, drive down system errors and get the maximum return on your Salesforce investment. If you have any questions regarding any of the changes in this release, please get in touch with us and we would be happy to help. To raise a case, simply log on to the Provar Success Portal and click Raise a Case.

Salesforce Spring ’23 support

Spring ’23 general compatibility


Provar Automation v2.9.0 is compatible with the Salesforce Spring ’23 Release. You can learn more about the release here.

The following includes a summary of Spring ’23  updates that Salesforce introduced that we have addressed. Your existing Provar tests that use standard components will continue to perform as expected.

Useful Information

If you are upgrading Provar Automation from a version prior to v2.7.2, then delete the .configuration folder; install Automation v2.9.0 and import your old project into a new workspace.

Browsers

Chrome 108 and 109 compatibility


As part of our pre-release testing, we are happy to confirm that Chrome versions 108 and Chrome 109 are both compatible with the Provar Automation v2.9.0.

Who does this impact?

Provar customers who are currently using or would like to upgrade to Chrome 108 and 109

Why is this important?

Ensuring that ChromeDriver 107 is compatible with Provar Automation v2.9.0 eliminates the risk of incompatibility issues which could prevent test cases from working as expected.

How can I use this?

If you would like to upgrade to Chrome 108 or 109 we recommend that you upgrade to Provar Automation v2.9.0 version, which will use ChromeDriver 108 out of the box.

In general, Provar Automation will automatically attempt to download the correct ChromeDriver if it detects a driver exception. If your organization’s security protocols block the automatic download, you can override the ChromeDriver manually. 

To downgrade or revert the ChromeDriver you can refer to this support article that explains how to use a ChromeDriver that is different from the one provided by default in your Provar Automation installation.

What are the browser and driver combinations that you recommend for Provar v2.9.0?

Please refer to the Browser and Driver Recommendations support article for a comprehensive guide. 

Packaged ChromeDriver for v2.9.0

Provar Automation v2.9.0 is packaged with ChromeDriver 108. 

University of Provar

 

New Course! Accessibility Basics 

University of Provar (UP) has launched a new course Accessibility Basics; it is an introduction to Web accessibility. You’ll learn what Web accessibility is; the guidelines that drive digital accommodations, and why Web accessibility is beneficial to all internet users. Visit UP to learn more!

Our Education team has been working hard to help produce new Trailhead modules for Salesforce! Add the Explore Software Testing  trail  to your favorites to follow all updates and earn your new official Salesforce QA badges!

Provar Automation

LambdaTest Cross Browser Integration


Automation users can now execute their test cases on the LambdaTest cross-browser testing platform. LambdaTest lets you test against numerous browsers and operating systems. Provar’s integration with LambdaTest will make your cross browser testing experience quicker and easier. 

Above: Snapshot of adding LambdaTest browser provider in Provar.

Who does this impact?

Automation users who want to make use of this cross-browser testing platform with  Provar Automation to run their test cases. 

Why is this important?

Automation users can choose from a wide range of Windows and Mac operating systems, along with all legacy and latest browsers to execute their test cases for a faster and easier cross browser testing experience.

How can I use this feature?

You can add a new LambdaTest browser provider in your test cases to use this feature. For information on how to use this feature, we’ve put together a new support article, Integration with LambdaTest that talks about how automation users can execute test cases on the LambdaTest cross-browser testing platform. 

Enhanced integration with Provar Manager


Experience enhanced integration with Provar Manager. The highlights are:

  • Support upload of callable test cases with enhanced UX.
  • Improved reporting of test cycles and test step executions for better analysis.
  • Link reported executions to their test suite records  for better reporting.

Provar Manager Integration now supports callable test cases i.e. you can now upload callable test cases to Provar Manager.  

You can see the Callable test cases at the bottom of the tree view under the  “Callable Test Cases” section. You can expand/collapse the Callable Test Cases section.  You can link/unlink callable test cases like any regular test cases. When a test case is selected, its related callable test cases are automatically selected There is no limit to the nesting of callable test steps (i.e. a callable test can call another callable test) however, the testing is limited up to 3 levels.

For information on how to use this integration, you can see updated information in the  support article, Integration with Provar Manager.

Interaction with fields on View/New/Edit/Clone Screens when using Dynamic Forms and Visibility Criteria in the Test Builder


Users can now interact with fields on the View/New/Edit/Clone screens when using dynamic forms and visibility criteria in the Test Builder.

Fields on View/New/Edit/Clone screens can be added to the test cases and users can interact with (e.g. click, assert, etc) when the layout uses dynamic form and visibility criteria.

The View/New/Edit/Clone screens of objects that don’t use dynamic forms and visibility criteria will work as expected and legacy test steps will also work as expected.

ProvarLabs


ProvarLabs is always testing out exciting prototypes and the enhancement is mentioned below. You can connect with the ProvarLabs team directly and give feedback and we would be happy to hear about your inputs.

Page Object Cleaner

In our Automation v2.8.2 release we included new ProvarLabs beta features within the Test Palette for Test Case Generation and Page Object Cleaning. As part of this release the Page Object Cleaner has been enhanced so that when trying to remove unused elements, a backup folder will be created before the cleanup. The Clean Page Objects field is now visible in the Test Step parameters section. See the v2.8.2 Release Notes for more details on these new ProvarLabs features and how you can contribute to their development.

Above: Snapshot of Clean Page Objects in Provar Automation.

Provar Manager enhancements in this Release


Stay updated with the latest information on Provar Manager. The highlights of the latest releases are mentioned below. There is no impact of the Salesforce Spring ’23 release on Provar Manager, but we recommend you upgrade to get the exciting new features below.

v2.14.0

  • The new Test Step Execution timeline allows you to easily log your findings as you manually run through a test case. Also, it lets you review test step results in a timeline view (including screenshots) and raise defects from the failed test step itself.
  • The new Plugin marketplace can be found under the Provar Manager Setup tab. It shows the latest information on all the available plugins for Provar Manager and lets you easily install them.

Above: Snapshot of plugins in Provar Manager.

  • You can now define Repositories and Systems of type “Git Branch” that act as branches under those repositories. This is useful when you want to run code quality scans on a particular branch instead of a Salesforce org.

v2.15.0

  • The Test Step Executions timeline view now supports nested steps (i.e. step hierarchy), providing a more accurate view of how the steps were executed.

Above: Snapshot of test step execution hierarchy in Provar Manager.

  • Users can now reorder Test Cases within Test Suites. 
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