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James is a London based technology blogger and writer for The Next Web Network. Working for UK online advertising agency 20:20 Media and An James is a London based technology blogger and writer for The Next Web Network. Working for UK online advertising agency 20:20 Media and Analytics, James has a strong passion for start ups, social media, apps and the web community. He can be found writing for his personal, company and of course TNW UK blogs. Follow him via Twitter and Facebook., the cross browser and platform testing environment for Go-Test.itweb developers has been bought by fellow Cambridge (UK) outfit Red Gate Software.

The service not only allows you to check that your web app works on different browsers and platforms but uniquely, also the functionality that exists within these web services.

By being able to test individual components and functionality across platforms it will only help produce more complete services – helping innovation and speeding up testing and debugging.

One area I’d like to see implemented would be testing mobile versions of web apps too for devices running Android, Windows Mobile and of course the iPhone as well as the traditional web interfaces.

Red Gate make a series of development tools and in the last couple of years actually stood down a similar service they produced themselves for a range of reasons in 2007.  Though they have now bought Ept Computing owned web app to add to it’s current range of products including Exchange archiving tools and other development software.

Our very own Patrick de Laive,  interviewed creator, Martin Kleppmann at the recent FOWA in October where Martin explains a little more about the service.

Marting provides a glimpse into the future development of the app after it’s been acquired, which will eventually be fully handed over to Red Gate.

“all stays the same for now: our team is continuing to work in the same way, and I personally will definitely continue working on the product full-time for another 10 months at least (during which we will gradually hand over to people in Red Gate who are without doubt better than me).”

One of the many neat features includes recording particular tests – which will save ample time when developing a particularly large feature within an application. provide a revealing example of how the service works:

The ability to record and create template tests is something that sets it apart from similar services such as Adobe’s BrowserLab.

With an already impressive product, hopefully it will go from strength to strength in the coming months and future under Red Gate Software.  By adapting quickly to new technologies and devices there’s a good chance we’ll be hearing more from this UK start up in the future as it’s reputation spreads.