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Why Automated Testing For Accessibility Is Not Enough

Automatic testing for accessibility is not enough to ensure that your site is equally accessible to everyone. There are a number of things automatic testing cannot account for, including alt text, online forms, and rich media. A balance of automatic and manual testing is important when designing an accessible site.
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Probo Update: The Probo Shell is Live

The Probo team is excited to announce that the Probo Shell is live!

Previously, users could only run and change the code in the probo.yaml files and view the results from the outside.

Now with the Probo Shell, users can connect directly to their build container with SSH, as well as view logs quickly all within the Probo.CI App. This means developers can view or change settings even after the build has completed.

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Challenges to DevOps Implementation

DevOps has grown in popularity over the last few years as companies continue to realize the advantages of unifying development and operations teams. The DevOps methodology aims at improving workflow and productivity by combining the efforts of operations people and developers. When both groups work together to solve problems, they’re able to deliver software features and updates more frequently and reliably. 

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Comparison of Pull Request Preview Tools

We created Probo to solve a big issue we had with our software process: we needed to be able to test, verify, and approve development tasks as they were happening, rather than just at the end of a development sprint. Spinning up a sandbox site, or preview build, each time someone made a Pull Request in git transformed how we work as a team, as well as with our clients and partners. 

Whereas in the past we tested all changes to a site in a single QA or Test environment, now every individual pull request is tested inside its own isolated sandbox. Probo gives you a shareable link where you can see the changes, run your automated and manual tests, and get approvals, all before they code changes are merged into a master (or even a dev) branch. This enables non-technical individuals like project managers, clients, marketing teams, and other stakeholders to get involved from the very beginning, and speeds up the feedback process. 

While we do wish that every development team used Probo to build their sandbox or preview environments, we are excited to see many other platforms offer similar features, albeit normally in more limiting ways. Some of these tools are tied to a specific hosting platform, so they mainly useful if you have standardized on that platform, others work only with specific technologies and languages. Each solution varies in pricing structure and most use different measurements to determine your cost (disk space, concurrent builds, concurrent sandbox/previews, enterprise license, etc)  so how do you know which tool will yield the best results for you?

Let’s compare. 

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Important Details About the Probo Docker Images Restructure

We wanted to write a followup to our original post with some important details about the Probo Image Restructure. Several customers have already provided valuable feedback about our original plans and others are asking questions about the overall transition process. We want to ensure the least amount of confusion, issues, and downtime for our customers during this transition. Hopefully this post clears up some of the questions or concerns any of you may have.

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Why Probo is Great for Marketers

As Zivtech’s Marketing Manager, I’m by far not the most technical member of our staff. Since the developers see our website from a different perspective than I do, it’s sometimes challenging to communicate the changes that the marketing team would like to see. I can explain an idea, but I won’t necessarily know how it will look once it’s executed. This is where Probo comes in. 

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