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Creating scripted browser synthetic monitors in New Relic the easy way

https://github.com/sschwartzman/newrelic-synthetics-sebuilder

Amazing.  You use the selenium-builder Firefox extension and add this little gem to the extension's plugin dir...bam.  Instant New Relic Synthetic-friendly scripts.

What this means is you can now out-source the creation of Synthetic scripts to (mostly) non-technical people - the more people involved from different areas, the better your coverage of business-critical processes will be.

Even if they can provide you (the technical person) with a click path/data, this still makes your life a lot easier by removing the need to fiddle with syntax, and ensures that maintenance is not a big deal down the road.  Yes, UI-based tests are still fragile, but in this case it's a necessary evil to ensure that the customer experience remains satisfactory/functional.

Anyways, some pretty powerful tools!  Fun and useful.