Agitar Software Named a 2008 Jolt Award Finalist in Two Categories

AgitarLabs' JUnit Factory and O'Reilly Best-Selling Book "Beautiful Code," with Contributions from CTO Alberto Savoia, Recognized

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 15, 2008—Agitar Software, the leader in unit testing solutions, today announced it is a 2008 Jolt Award finalist in two categories. JUnit Factory, AgitarLabs' free, web-based unit-test generation service introduced less than a year ago, has been named by Dr. Dobb's Journal as a finalist in the testing category. In addition, O'Reilly’s best-selling book Beautiful Code, which includes a contribution from Agitar CTO Alberto Savoia, has been named as a finalist in the general books category.

AgitarLabs is the company's research group focused on advancing the future of software test automation. It developed JUnit Factory (, which crossed the one million tests mark just 10 months after its release, as a free, on-demand unit testing subset of Agitar’s commercial product and three-time Jolt Award winner, AgitarOne. With nearly 20,000 users in 120 countries, JUnit Factory has an average throughput of more than 250,000 lines of JUnit per hour, which is the equivalent of 1,000 developers working manually. In its first year, JUnit Factory has attracted a wide spectrum of users: while allowing testing teams to try unit testing for the first time, JUnit Factory is also a popular testing solution for global enterprises that need to generate key unit tests for their Java code.

"It’s always best for developers to play an active role in testing their own code while writing it. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of legacy code out there without any tests," said Savoia, who is also the founder of AgitarLabs. "JUnit Factory has seen widespread adoption, with users generating more than a million tests since it was launched a year ago. JUnit Factory's success, and now its recognition from Dr. Dobb's Journal, further validates the value for automated unit testing solutions to help developers with the monumental and very difficult task of providing test coverage for untested code."

Savoia’s contributions are also part of the O'Reilly best-selling book on software development, Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think, a collection of essays and articles by well-known software development and programming experts. The book was the No. 9 best-selling title for O'Reilly in 2007, a No. 1 bestseller on's programming category, and the No. 1 title in the software engineering industry, according to Bookscan figures. The book contains advice and case studies on how to creatively and carefully design solutions to high-profile software projects and development dilemmas. AgitarLabs' contribution, "Beautiful Tests," written by Savoia, shows developers how to create more beautiful and robust code by writing different types of tests; and that testing itself can be a challenging and rewarding activity.

The 2008 Jolt Award winners will be announced on March 5, 2008, at the Software Development Conference and Expo (SD West) in Santa Clara, Calif.


About AgitarLabs:
AgitarLabs is an internal research group for Agitar Software that works with academic and open source communities to advance the future of software testing and test automation. Founded by Agitar's cofounder and CTO Alberto Savoia, AgitarLabs unites industry, academia, and open source efforts through collaborative research and sponsorship to tackle the cultural and technical hurdles that exist with testing software. For more information, visit

About Agitar Technologies, Inc.
Using unprecedented JUnit Generation and software agitation techniques, and Java functional testing coverage capabilities, Agitar Technologies enables the enterprise to save time and money, releasing Java applications faster with fewer bugs. The “AgitarOne” product family enables software teams to create, use, and manage the extensive set of unit tests needed to be truly agile. Customers have cut legacy maintenance efforts by 50%, released new applications 30% faster with fewer bugs, and cut the cost of finding and fixing post-release bugs by 90%. Agitar Technologies is a privately-held company headquartered in Cranston, RI. For more information visit