[Email to All Twist Customers]
Twist is going away
ThoughtWorks Studios will stop developing or supporting our test automation tool Twist in 2015. We will continue to support Twist until December 1, 2015. After this date, we will no longer make any enhancements, bugfixes or provide support for Twist.
Why are we doing it?
When we started Twist it was way ahead of its time with rich integration with Eclipse and the seamless refactoring across all layers. Since its release in 2009 we have seen some people move away from using Eclipse as their primary IDE. We ourselves moved away from Eclipse. We wanted to help our customers solve the harder problems in the automation space, but this seemed to be getting harder given that we were restricted to Java/Groovy and Eclipse. We need to go beyond just one major language and IDE.
Also in selling commercial Twist we observed that organisations insist that the components that make up their software platform be almost exclusively open source software. The objection is rarely about the price, rather the feeling that it’s the right thing to do. Making Twist open source was not an option. Working with Eclipse and the current Twist architecture would not help us achieve our goal of increasing mind share and contributions in this space. This is what led us to sunset Twist.
ThoughtWorks Studios has a new test automation solution. We think our Twist customers will find it a worthy replacement. Gauge is an open source test automation tool, which will be officially released by ThoughtWorks Studios later this year.
Gauge is lightweight, cross platform and has a first class command line interface. Gauge already comes with support for multiple languages and IDEs. It’s built with a modular architecture that makes it easily extensible and scalable. As Gauge is open source, we expect to support more organisations with their test automation efforts, better collaborate with the testing community and, ultimately, create more value for users like you.
We know our decision to end the life of Twist will cause some disruption to you and we want to limit that inconvenience as much as possible. Migration to Gauge from Twist will be completely automated. The migration utility is available on the Twist update site. You will need to upgrade to the latest version of Twist to use this utility. This will take care of migrating all your Twist tests to Gauge tests. We have put together an FAQ that might help you during the migration to Gauge.
We are available to all customers who need help migrating from Twist to Gauge. If you have any questions regarding migration, the future of Twist, or Gauge please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you migrate to Gauge.
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