Sauce Labs Adds Top Python and Jython Core Committers to Team

Engineering team poised for unparalleled innovation in automated testing

SAN FRANCISCO, February 3, 2010 – Sauce Labs, the Selenium Company, today announced the addition of Raymond Hettinger, Frank Wierzbicki, and Jim Baker to the Sauce Labs engineering team.

Hettinger has been an active Python core developer since 2001 and serves on the Python Software Foundation board of directors. Prior to Sauce Labs, Hettinger served as Chief Visualization Officer at EWT/Fattoc, writing programs for high-volume arbitrage trading of securities. At Sauce Labs, Raymond will apply his experience in real-time mission-critical financial trading systems to extend the scalability, stability and responsiveness of the Sauce infrastructure.

“I joined Sauce Labs because I'm interested in building out cloud based tools and I believe in the vision of extensive browser testing,” said Raymond Hettinger, Director of Technology at Sauce Labs. “I believe that Selenium is the emerging standard for quality web-testing and that its users will benefit greatly from dedicated commercial support. In my estimation, Sauce Labs fits the bill perfectly.”

Also joining Sauce Labs is Jython project lead and former senior staff Jython engineer at Sun Microsystems Frank Wierzbicki and lead Jython developer Jim Baker. Frank and Jim are contributing authors to the recently released Apress published book titled The Definitive Guide to Jython: Python for the Java Platform. Frank will focus on the recently announced Sauce IDE product - Sauce Labs' certified, enhanced and commercially supported distribution of Selenium IDE. Jim will work on Sauce OnDemand, a software testing cloud service that allows users to remotely test web applications across various browsers.

“Everyone is doing more functional testing, and the major pain is testing for multiple browsers,” said Mr. Wierzbicki. “Sending tests to Sauce Labs to run on multiple browsers via the cloud allows people to test faster without the headache of maintaining their own test infrastructure. This, and the fact that Selenium is open source, really attracted me to Sauce Labs.”

“The open source pedigree of Sauce Labs’ co-founders Jason Huggins (Selenium creator) and Steve Hazel (former BitTorrent Director of Engineering), was a big reason I joined Sauce Labs,” said Mr. Baker. “Their dedication to making Selenium testing easier and giving back to the open source community at the same time made my decision pretty easy.”

“We are very excited to have Raymond, Frank and Jim onboard,” said John Dunham, CEO of Sauce Labs. “Sauce Labs now has what is arguably the highest concentration of Python leadership in one company on the planet. The technical smarts at Sauce Labs really excites me about future innovation in open source cross-browser functional testing.”

About Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs, the Selenium company, makes the open source Selenium cross-browser functional testing platform easy to use by providing support, a cloud service for Selenium testing and commercial-grade versions of the open source software with premium features. The lead investor of Sauce Labs is the Contrarian Group, Peter Ueberroth's investment management firm. Sauce Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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