I figured that I'd give a little something for all of you "Ren and Stimpy" fans.
Anyhow ... I'm back! The NE Patriots have lost
IBM Rational came out with the ability to write XML-based logs within Functional Tester. A lot of people asked for this. They like to have control over publishing their logs, providing access to people that may not have the necessary software installed. I thought to myself, "wow -- this is cool!". Of course, I needed to dig in and see what could be done with these little beauties. Here's what happened ...
Pulling on the third book in my bookcase, I unearthed the secret door that led to my mad lab. I traversed the winding staircase until I came to the lab where so many experiments occurred, some good ... some bad! I pulled down the necessary implements for my latest foray into the unknown. I busted out some "Eye of Newt", "Toe of Frog", VB.NET, limited XSL knowledge, and Rational Functional Tester's XML logs. After the stench and smoke cleared, I was left with a neat little utility that allowed you to convert your Rational Functional Tester XML logs into pretty cool HTML files. I couldn't tell you the exact amounts of dark magic that went into this tool, however, I can tell you what I did with the XSL, VB.NET, and RFT logs.
The basis for the success of this utility is XSL. This is what is used to actually convert the XML into HTML. Basically, we apply an XSL stylesheet to the XML, telling it how is should look as HTML. The VB.NET piece is simply a means wrap this transformation practice into a user-friendly (read "WICKED SIMPLE") tool to use.
Want to take a look at it? Send me an email, I'll be happy to send things over to you. Please remember, since this was cooked up in my own secret laboratory, it is AS-IS software, not supported by IBM. That's why I also include the source code for you to play with.
LASTLY ... A SOLICITATION FROM YOURS TRULY. SEND ME SOME FUNKY PROBLEMS THAT WE CAN DISCUSS. WE CAN LOOK AT BUILDING ANY COOL UTILITIES, SCRIPTS, QUERIES, ETC... IF YOU CAN'T FIND THE SOLUTION ANYWHERE ELSE ... PERHAPS WE CAN HAMMER SOMETHING OUT!!
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