Version 2.5.0 Winter ’22

Executive summary

Provar 2.5.0 delivers some exciting new features in addition to compatibility with the Salesforce Winter ’22 release. Provar version 2.5.0 is now available in the Provar Success Portal. We recommend you update to this version right away to take advantage of the updates.

2.5.0 at a glance:

  • Integration with Sauce Labs Real Device Cloud to deliver mobile testing on the Sauce Labs platform.
  • Drag & drop capability for Field Service testing, building on our existing support for Field Service testing.
  • Environment Variables for web service authentication credentials, to continue our commitment to enterprise-grade security capabilities.
  • Skipped Steps reporting feature, allowing you to further customize your test result reports.
  • Chrome 92 and 93 compatibility, keeping you up-to-date with the latest versions for Chrome for test authoring and execution.

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 2.5.0, please get in touch with us and we would be happy to help. To raise a case, simply log into the Provar Success Portal and click View/Raise Case

Salesforce Winter ’22 support

Winter ’22 general compatibility

Provar version 2.5.0 is compatible with the Winter ‘22 Release Notes. You can learn more about the release here.

The following includes a list of Winter ’22  updates that Salesforce introduced that we have addressed. Your existing Provar tests that use standard components will continue to perform as expected.

Salesforce Release Updates

Salesforce Release Updates for 2.5.0 

Salesforce periodically releases updates that improve the performance, logic, and usability of Salesforce, but these can affect your existing customizations.

To help keep you informed, we have created a list of Salesforce Release Updates that also includes our recommendations for testing those within your sandbox environments prior to enabling those features in order to minimize risk. Based on our internal analysis, we have assigned each update with a testing priority of high, medium or low.

We will update this support article prior to each major Salesforce release.


Chrome 92 and 93 compatibility

As part of our pre-release testing, we are happy to confirm that Chrome 92 and 93 are compatible with Provar version 2.5.0.

Who does this impact?

Provar customers who are currently using or would like to upgrade to Chrome 92 and 93

Why is this important?

Ensuring that ChromeDriver 92 is compatible with Provar version 2.5.0 eliminates the risk of incompatibility issues which can prevent Provar from working as expected.

How can I use this feature?

If you would like to upgrade to Chrome 92 or 93 we recommend that you upgrade to Provar version 2.5.0, which will use ChromeDriver 92 out of the box.

In general, Provar 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 installation.

What are the browser and driver combinations that you recommend for Provar 2.5.0?

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

Packaged ChromeDriver for 2.5.0

Provar version 2.5.0 is packaged with ChromeDriver 92. 

Field Service Drag and Drop Interaction Support

Drag and Drop standard interactions

We now support Drag and Drop interactions within Field Service. In the Gantt view of the Field Service, you can now use the Drag and Drop standard interactions and you need not write any custom script to drag and drop the target element to support this.

Above: View of Drag and Drop interactions.

Sauce Labs Real Device

Integration with Sauce Labs Real Device Cloud

Sauce Labs are retiring their older Mobile Service, which is a supported integration capability in Provar.  However, Sauce Labs are making this service end of life on 1st September, 2021.

We are pleased to announce that we have added compatibility with Sauce Labs new service, Sauce Labs Real Device Cloud. This integration allows you to execute your Provar tests on mobile devices using the Sauce Labs service, and continues to deliver on Provar’s commitment to supporting test execution across all popular browsers and mobile devices.

Who does this impact?

Provar users who are currently using Sauce Labs desktop and mobile apps or who wish to take advantage of the new integration feature.

Why is this important?

When Sauce Labs retires its Mobile Service on 1st September, 2021, the existing integration from Provar will cease to operate. We encourage you to configure your Provar projects to use the new service before this date.

How can I use this feature?

You can add a new Sauce Labs Real Device mobile app and Browser Provider in your tests to use this feature. For more information, please see Sauce Labs Real Device Mobile.

Above: View of Sauce Labs Browser Provider.

Above: View of Sauce Labs Mobile App.

Provar Application Run-time Configuration

Environment Variables for Web Service Authentication

Provar now supports the capability to configure your web services via environment variables and command line switches, in addition to within your Provar projects.

This meets enterprise security needs where these credentials are categorized as restricted data and, despite being encrypted, must not be held within test project configuration.

Who does this impact?

Provar customers who wish to configure web service credentials directly on test execution servers. 

Why is this important?

This provides enhanced security, as the user authentication credentials can now be set by an administrator directly on servers used for test execution.

How can I use this feature?

For more information on how to use this feature, please see Security configurations.

Test Reporting

Test Reporting Skipped Steps Feature

We have added a configuration setting in the test results export options to exclude skipped steps from the exported results. The Skipped Steps feature is displayed as a checkbox. 

Above: View of Skipped Steps in the Export Test Run screen.

Who does this impact?

Provar users who want to skip some test steps while running their tests and who want to control whether their test result reports include or exclude these steps.

Why is this important?

Users can include skipped test steps in the report if selected and exclude skipped steps if unchecked.

How can I use this feature?

This feature is available in the Export Test Run screen, the Email export screen, and the ANT Dialog screen. For more information, please see Reporting.

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