I will be leading a Hands on Workshop at Innovate 2012
entitled Using IBM Rational Quality Manager to Manage Quality Process and Automate Testing
. Before you ask, yes, I did come up with that title myself. It was a bit more challenging than you might think. Back in January, I thought creating this workshop was going to be a breeze. Al Wagner had done something similar last year. No big deal, right? I just upgrade to the latest version of RQM and RFT, add a few notes to the workbook about new features and I can phone it in. Well, then IBM throws me a curve ball. We announce the intent to acquire Green Hat
. "Wow, that's some cool stuff!", I say. We really need to try to include this virtualization capability into the workshop. At that time, I knew very little about Green Hat and no idea if I could actually get it into the workshop content. For that matter, the acquisition was not even approved and blessed by the time the workshop title and abstract were due. So, I had to keep it pretty generic and just hope to get Green Hat included.
Well, it turns out that although Green Hat is wicked cool technology, it is pretty easy for even a simple mind like mine to pick up. So, what you will see in this workshop is the traditional test planning and construction in RQM you would expect. But then it gets even more interesting. We use GH Tester to create a "Stub" for an external web service our Application Under Test (AUT) depends upon. We then deploy the stub to our GH Virtual Integration Environment (VIE). Now we can test our AUT independently of the 3rd party external web service. This is really powerful! With virtualization through stubs, we are able to start testing components earlier - before all the dependent components are ready. We also can do more thorough integration testing by using the stub to verify our interactions with the external pieces.
Hopefully you can join me on Wednesday, June 6, in Swan 2 from 3pm to 6pm. Go to the Innovate 2012
site to register. Yes, I know that is the time slot right before the big Wednesday night party. But join us anyway. I guarantee will have fun. By coming to my workshop, you will actually be starting the party three hours earlier.
Hope to see you at Innovate.