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This tutorial provides a high-level overview of IBM Rational Functional Tester and gives you the opportunity to practice using it with hands-on exercises. Step-by-step instructions show you how to record an automated functional test, enhance the test through Java scripting, and play back the test as part of a functional regression test suite.
After completing this tutorial, you should understand the basic functions of Rational Functional Tester and be able to create automated functional regression tests as demonstrated in the exercises.
This tutorial is for testers new to test automation. A general familiarity with the Java programming language is helpful, but not required.
To run the examples in this tutorial, you'll need to install IBM Rational Functional Tester. You can download and install a free trial version of the product if you don't already own a copy. This product is available for both Microsoft® Windows® and Linux™ on x86-compatible chips; the instructions in this tutorial assume that you will be running Windows, but Linux users should be able to adapt them to that environment without difficulty.
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- Demos are an optional way to see the same steps described in the tutorial. To see an animated demo, click the Show me link. The demo opens in a new browser window.
- Each demo contains a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Use the navigation bar to pause, exit, rewind, or fast-forward portions of the demo.
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