Posted by gmurray71
on February 4, 2007 at 11:19 AM PST
Browser testing for Ajax can be tedious and involve many machines. I have found that you can stay in the same operating system and still do all your testing using a new feature Parallels called convergence.
Testing multiple browsers on different platforms in the past was time consuming and took a bit of work. Even with virtualization in use you had no way to do side by side comparisons of what different browsers would render. That was until Parallels introduced an upcoming feature called Coherence .
I installed Windows XP and Windows Vista and am running them in Coherence mode which allows me to do side by side comparisons of IE 6 in XP, IE 7 in Vista, Safari, and Firefox 2.0 all in one place.
This is a developer and testers dream. Had I not done this myself I would swear the image was doctored. I have had no issues with the release candidates of Coherence and the only limiting factors are the amount of memory your have (I have 4 GB) and your screen size. This is a small price to pay for the benefits.