1. Rainforest is the simplest way of doing integration testing. Since integration tests play such a big role in assuring the quality of your software, it is important to run these tests on a regular basis.

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  2. Quality Assurance has traditionally been handled by teams of in-house testers who do exhaustive manual and automated testing. This worked great when you deployed every 6 months - but now modern companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google ship hundreds of times every day. It's almost impossible to ship fast and frequently while maintaining quality with in-house QA, and this is hurting your business.

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  3. We're very excited to announce the newest member of the Rainforest team, Jean-Philippe Boily (JP to friends and English speakers)! JP is a brilliant Ruby developer who has a great love for Open Source and a dodgy sense of humor, both of which are requirements for fitting in at Rainforest.

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  4. This week we shipped something that I like to think of as a Swiss army knife for writing good tests. We call them Step Variables.

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  5. We love Hipchat! As a company the majority of our daily communication happens in one Hipchat room or another. A lot of you rely on Hipchat too, and one of our most requested features has been to push Rainforest updates into your Hipchat room. So here it is!

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  6. Last week we released support for Internet Explorer 10 and 11, taking the number of browsers we officially support to 7! We also updated the steps interface to make it much clearer where in your app the tester will be at each step.

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  7. Every app has configuration — at Rainforest we store ours in environment variables and some of it is more sensitive than others. For example, there is usually no good reason for most developers in a company to have access to production database config. So why do they?

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  8. We believe dogfooding our own product has been crucial in helping us decide when to open up Rainforest to public beta. Confident that our product is fast and accurate enough to solve real-world QA needs, this has been a long journey and many things helped us get to this point.

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  9. From now on we're going to be much more visible about the work we're doing inside Rainforest. Over the past year we've been grinding away building an accurate and fast system for getting test results, and we've been so heads down that we have been pretty bad at letting the world know what we're working on.

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  10. We just made a quick video showing you how to get started in Rainforest. The video uses AirBnB as a case-study, and walks through how to: Read more.