Software quality assurance teams rely on IBM® Rational® Functional Tester to validate application functionality. This article describes some of the key advancements introduced in Version 8.1.
Storyboard testing: simplified scripting and application visuals
The most significant change in the V8.1 release of Rational Functional Tester is the ability to record functional test scripts that generate and display English statements in the Test view. While recording simplified test scripts, Rational Functional Tester captures application snapshots and displays application visuals. You can use application visuals to modify the scripts and to insert verification points and data-driven commands without opening the application under test.
Figure 1 shows various screen segments to illustrate that by the storyboard to navigate the test flow, which includes natural language test actions, you can edit anywhere: script, text, or screen.
Figure 1. Example of screen options
Enhanced environment support
This software supports testing a wide variety of applications, including those based on Java™ technology, Microsoft® .NET, HTML, SAP®, Siebel software, AJAX, PowerBuilder, Adobe® Flex™, Dojo, GEF applications, and terminal-based application. such as IBM® zSeries® (mainframes such as TN3270 and TN3270E), IBM® iSeries® (IBM® AS/400®, such as TN5250) and IBM® pSeries® (virtual terminals. such as VT default, VT100, VT420-7, VT420-8, and VT UTF-8). The V8.1 release includes enhanced support for the latest test environments and for applications built using these technologies:
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 8.0
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0 multi-tab support
- Firefox 3.0
- PowerBuilder 10.5, 11.2 and 11.5 in addition to already supported PowerBuilder 11.0
- SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal 7.0 support
- Microsoft® Windows Vista® Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 2
- Microsoft® Windows® 2008 Server Standard Edition with Service Pack 1 (without Hyper V)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux® AS 4.0 Update 8 (all functions except recording)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 5.0 Update 3 (all functions except recording)
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11.0 (all functions except recording)
- Testing applications on a 64-bit mode (64-bit Microsoft® Windows® XP, 64-bit Windows Vista, 64-bit Windows 2003 server). You can test Windows and Microsoft®.NET 64-bit applications and all of the supported 32-bit applications in the 64-bit mode Windows operating system.
- Enhancements in terminal-based application testing: creating row verification points and data-driven testing
Rational Functional Tester V8.1 also includes new support for applications built using these tools:
- Adobe® PDF 7.0 and 8.0 documents
- Dojo Toolkit version 1.1
- Adobe® Flex™ SDK 3.2
Proxy SDK wizard
The V8.1 release of Rational Functional Tester now supports wizard-driven development of proxies. You can create proxy projects and proxy classes, map the proxy controls, and deploy the proxies using the proxy SDK wizards.
- This release of Rational Functional Tester integrates with IBM® Rational® Team Concert. Installing Rational Functional Tester on a Rational Team Concert client machine enables you to use the Jazz source control management for managing functional test assets.
- Version 8.1 also integrates with IBM® Rational® Quality Manager Versions 1.0.1 and 2.0.
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