We’re starting a new series in our blog to give our users a little showroom and share how they use Browserbite for their means.
Meet Gabriele Renzi, an Italian, living in Budapest, Hungary. Gabriele was also the lucky winner of our year-end raffle to get a full year of Browserbite usage for free.
So, how did you find Browserbite?
Well, I don’t remember actually, but probably read it from an article and then tried out the service myself.
I consider myself more of a back-end developer, but have done quite a bit of front-end things as well. But I don’t feel that strong in it. This is where Browserbite comes in for me – when I make changes in the front end then I can quickly check that I did not mess anything up in the layout. Cross browser testing is really boring and can mean long hours of setup. Sure, you can have your own virtual machines and emulators, but the install time could be used otherwise.
So what are you working on right now?
Currently at circleme.com which is a social network type of web app that helps you to be informed about the things and hobbies of your life. Let’s say your favourite band is coming to play in a city near you – you’ll get a notification if that band is in your profile.
What is your background in general?
I come from near Rome, studied Computer Science nearby and worked mostly as a web developer. I did my master thesis on semantic web while working with the Sindice.com team on Linked Data discovery and extraction. That was a really interesting project, though the output wasn’t very usable for common people.
After meeting my girlfriend I followed her to Budapest and started working on circleme.com
Favourite development tools?
I would use Ruby on Rails for web stack. Whatever the world out there is saying about Ruby being slow, I’ve rarely found this to be a constraint. Usually the bottleneck has been the database. I also appreciate Heroku, since it takes a lot of sysop challenge off our back (for a price, of course).
Why do you like Browserbite?
Mostly because it makes the differences really visual right on the first page of the test results. That is really intuitive and sets Browserbite apart from other cross browser testing tools.
Your biggest feature request?
Scripting support so that I can test web apps and user flows.
Great – we’re working on that already! Any last words?
Interviewed by Kaspar Loog