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Extending IBM Rational Functional Tester with Open Source Tools: Part 2: Database test automation
The typical scenario to test the database side of your application is to perform some sort of insert or delete action within your application, and then verify that the database was properly updated. Because IBM Rational Functional Tester does not provide a native means to work with databases, SQuirreL SQL is a great tool to satisfy your database testing needs. It is an open-source tool written in Java, which makes it an ideal candidate for Rational Functional Tester’s record and playback automation capabilities. This part of the series helps you create and bundle scripts.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 26 Dec 2007
Use Rational Functional Tester ScriptAssure technology to build test scripts that run when code changes
Frequently changing Web pages and Web applications make testing and test-script development a frustrating challenge. With IBM Rational Functional Tester ScriptAssure technology, you can develop clean test scripts that can withstand these changes and still put your application through its paces, build after build.
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Articles 20 Apr 2010
A reusable objectless automation framework for Rational Functional Tester
In this detailed analysis, the author explains design of an automation framework that is independent of the objects in the application under test. The framework is centered on the concept of creating objects dynamically at runtime, rather than recording and storing them in object maps. By using the design advocated in this article, you can develop a reusable automation test framework that can be imported into any Rational Functional Tester development environment. As a bonus, it also drastically reduces the development and execution time of test scripts.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 10 Jan 2012
Test terminal-based applications automatically with Rational Functional Tester
Many software applications that support multiple platforms provide console interfaces. A quality assurance engineer or software tester always needs to use the console by typing on a terminal emulator keyboard. The IBM Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications helps you create test scripts to automate host application test cases. This article explains how to use this tool, so you can make terminal-based application testing not only easier but automatic.
Articles 13 Sep 2011
Software Test Engineering with IBM Rational Functional Tester: The Definitive Resource
Eight leading IBM testing experts thoroughly introduce this state-of-the-art product, covering issues ranging from building test environments through executing the most complex and powerful tests. Drawing on decades of experience with IBM Rational testing products, they address both technical and nontechnical challenges and present everything from best practices to reusable code.
Books 14 Jul 2011
Run scripts through the Rational Functional Tester command line
IBM Rational Functional Tester is an automated testing tool that runs functional, regression, GUI, and data-driven tests. This article provides ready-to-use batch files that software testers can use to run Java or .NET scripts through the Rational Functional Tester command line. It concludes with tips for using the command line to create and record scripts.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Feb 2011
Configure applications programmatically in Rational Functional Tester for a client/server test environment
While integrating IBM Rational Functional Tester with any automation framework, you must configure the application under test (AUT) properly. This includes enabling the AUT and Eclipse Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) support, setting launcher arguments of the application, and so on. Configuring these applications manually can be a bottleneck for test automation. You can use the Rational Functional Tester command line interface to automate the configuration, but only to a limited extent. By reading this article, you will learn how to use a Java utility to programmatically configure the AUT so that you can start the automated test suites from a server without any manual interference. With this automation, you can improve the integration of IBM Rational Functional Tester with any automation framework.
Articles 12 Mar 2013
Use plain language for test scripts by implementing SAFS with Rational Functional Tester
Some software testers are inexperienced with scripting languages and the scripting tools that generate test scripts. This situation can create test-development and maintenance issues for the whole testing team. When you implement the Software Automation Framework Support (SAFS) by using IBM Rational Functional Tester, testers can produce and maintain scripts in plain language.
Also available in: Chinese   Portuguese  
Articles 19 Nov 2009
Extending Rational Functional Tester to test PDF files
Many applications generate reports in PDF format. The limitation here is that PDF files do not readily expose the information that they contain. You need special software like Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. However, using IBM Rational Functional Tester, you can perform the PDF testing by integrating it with an open source package that can access the information in the PDF files. Many other automation tools face a challenge when it comes to testing these kinds of reports.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 02 Nov 2010
Ways to use IBM Rational Functional Tester more effectively
IBM Rational Functional Tester provides features by which users can automate testing of their GUI applications effectively. The IBM Quality Software Engineering (QSE) team introduced a hierarchical framework, known as the QSE framework, to make maintenance easier. This framework uses the Rational Functional Tester object recognition feature. This article shows you ways to extend your QSE framework and how to use Rational Functional Tester features to improve productivity, too. You will also get tips for testing applications that support multiple languages effectively.
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Articles 16 Jul 2009
Automate integration tests of Web applications with Rational Functional Tester 8.1
Testing Web applications manually is an error-prone task. Automating tests frees the tester from entering test data and produces error-free results. This article describes how to use IBM Rational Functional Tester Version 8.1 for automating integration tests of Web applications.
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Articles 04 Mar 2010
Ease your way through mySAP Test Automation using IBM Rational Functional Tester
This article is for IBM Rational Functional Tester users who intend to develop test automation scripts for regression testing of mySAP applications, and who are having difficultly making their script resilient to dynamically changing object property values, leading to unsuccessful script playback. This article provides an overview of the Rational Functional Tester (Version 7.0.0.2 and later) support for mySAP Test Automation. It also discusses the challenges that you might face while automating mySAP, and some tips and tricks to help you overcome them.
Articles 31 Jul 2007
Effective test automation techniques for Rational Functional Tester
Learn tips for dealing with common problems with browsers, verification points, low-level commands, the script helper superclasss, and more.
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Articles 19 Jun 2007
Using IBM Rational Functional Tester
The TestObject.find method is a powerful part of Functional Tester that makes automated scripts easier to maintain. This introductory article shows you easy ways to include TestObject.find in your automation framework.
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Articles 11 Jul 2006
Using IBM Rational Functional Tester to test financial services applications
With Web sites becoming critical to the mission of financial services companies, Web development (and consequently Web testing) is quickly becoming a core competency. That's where automated testing with IBM Rational Functional Tester comes in.
Articles 14 Nov 2005
Wrapping calls to the Rational Functional Tester API
Performing simulation testing on an enterprise-wide environment such as IBM Workplace can be a major undertaking. This article explains how you can create wrapper classes in Java that encapsulate calls to the Rational Functional Tester API to simulate common user activities.
Articles 15 Mar 2005
Test terminal-based applications with Rational Functional Tester
Regression testing -- in which code is thorougly tested to ensure that changes have not produced unexpected results -- is an important part of any development process. But many testing environments neglect the terminal-based applications that still form the backbone of many industries. In this tutorial, you'll learn how the Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-Based Applications works with other Rational Functional Tester to help test terminal-based applications quickly and easily.
Tutorial 06 Dec 2007
Using The IBM Rational Functional Tester JAVA API to update Object Maps
This article offers a detailed discussion about how you can use the IBM Rational Functional Tester Java API to modify Object Maps and the GUI object definitions stored in them. Rational Functional Tester has an intuitive interface through which you can view, add, update, and delete properties of MappedTestObjects within an Object Map. It also has an exposed API to perform these actions without using a graphical interface.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 19 Oct 2010
Using IBM Rational Functional Tester to work with objects wrapped in HTML table cells
This article shows you how to use IBM Rational Functional Tester to automate objects wrapped inside of HTML table cells while keeping the specified cells as a reference. It will help you automate operations on these objects.
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Articles 25 Jun 2009
Integrating IBM Rational Functional Tester and IBM Rational Performance Tester with IBM Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager enables you to manage and run automated test scripts created with other test tools. This article covers Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester as examples. You will see how to get the tools integrated and how they work with Rational Quality Manager to help you better manage and understand the status of your project.
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Articles 23 Feb 2009
Customizing Rational Functional Tester scripts for data-driven testing
Learn about an approach involving the use of datapools for implementing data-driven tests and the necessary customization required in Rational Functional Tester 6.1 scripts. There are a number of ways automation engineers can implement data-driven tests in Functional Tester. The article will talk about how comma separated files (CSV) can be imported in Functional Tester as a datapool. The article will also demonstrate an example of a script modified to read data values from this CSV datapool.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Oct 2006
Creating a super helper class in IBM Rational Functional Tester (formerly known as Rational XDE Tester)
Read this paper to learn about "Super Helper" classes and how to implement them.
Articles 04 Dec 2003
Automate test cases by integrating Rational Functional Tester with Rational TestManager
Learn how to run automated Rational Functional Tester 8.2.0.1 scripts from Rational TestManager 7.0.2 and view the results in TestManager logs, too, by integrating these two tools. You can even run the scripts remotely, as this guide explains. Note: Rational TestManager has been replaced by IBM Rational Quality Manager, but this article will be helpful to those who are still using the older software.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 17 May 2011
Testing Using Rational Robot versus Rational Functional Tester
This article is for Rational Robot users who are wondering how easy it is to switch to Rational Functional Tester. The answer: simple. Using a custom verification point as an example, this article will compare the two products to show you how similar they are to use.
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Articles 13 Jun 2006
Decision tables: A testing technique using IBM Rational Functional Tester
from The Rational Edge: The author presents a software testing technique that helps users of automated testing tools in the decision-making process, without requiring the often-used hard coding.
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Articles 15 Jun 2006
Troubleshooting the integration of IBM Rational Quality Manager and Rational Functional Tester
IBM Rational Quality Manager includes features that help you integrate it with IBM Rational Functional Tester software. After integration, you can import and run existing Rational Functional Tester automated scripts through Rational Quality Manager. This article shows you how to use the Rational Functional Testing Adapter Console for troubleshooting if you are unable to connect the Rational Quality Manager server.
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Articles 12 Nov 2009
Version control of IBM Rational Functional Tester 6.1 assets using IBM Rational ClearCase
Version control is an important aspect of configuration management with IBM Rational ClearCase. This article takes you step by step through the process of integrating ClearCase with IBM Rational Functional Tester and working with version control of test scripts.
Articles 07 Feb 2006
Configure Rational Functional Tester to run on Linux
IBM Rational Functional Tester is a test automation tool, designed to work on both Microsoft Windows and the Linux operating systems. When you install IBM Rational Functional Tester on the Microsoft Windows operating system, the testing tool is ready to use. However, when you install the tool on the Linux operating system, you must configure the application to take advantage of test automation. This article shows the extra few steps you need to do to test Web-based applications on Linux platforms using IBM Rational Functional Tester.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Nov 2009
Testing Flex applications using IBM Rational Functional Tester 7.0.1
Explore automated testing of Adobe Flex applications, a capability that was introduced in IBM Rational Functional Tester Version 7.0.1. This article gives you a quick introduction to this feature and walks you through an example in which you record test cases and then play them back.
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Articles 19 Aug 2008
Establishing an IBM DB2 database connection in IBM Rational Functional Tester
Learn how to establish an IBM DB2 database connection using IBM Rational Functional Tester Java scripting. All you need to do is to follow these three simple steps and use the sample code provided.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 20 Nov 2007
Use IBM Rational Functional Tester to automate custom controls
Get an overview of the basic steps for using IBM Rational Functional Tester to automate the actions of custom controls.
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Articles 26 Jun 2007
Effectively use the IBM Rational Functional Tester Extension for SAP Solutions
Learn how the IBM Rational Functional Tester Extension for SAP Solutions extends the applicability of IBM Rational Functional Tester to SAP GUI.
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Articles 23 Jan 2007
Implementing the ITCL (or IBM) Framework using Rational Functional Tester
The article explains a five step process for implementing the ITCL framework using Rational Functional Tester, in order to automate the functional tests of an application.
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Articles 22 Aug 2006
Test Rational ClearQuest applications with Rational Functional Tester
See the process of recording and running a simple functional test on a ClearQuest application. An example scenario is used to illustrate the concepts presented in this getting started article.
Articles 26 Jul 2005
Using IBM Rational Functional Tester 6.1 to implement a reusable testing framework
IBM Rational Functional Tester 6.1 can empower testing staffs to create modern, pattern-based, reusable testing frameworks. This advanced-level article shows you how.
Articles 11 Nov 2005
Manually merge new Rational Functional Tester scripts into an existing automation suite
This article explains the steps for manually merging Rational Functional Tester scripts and ways to adapt them. We use a case study of the Rational Software Architect automation suite as an example.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 May 2013
An Object-Oriented framework for IBM Rational Functional Tester
Functional Tester enables test teams to implement GUI automation which is truly object oriented in design. By using a hierarchical framework which enforces this design, testers can gain huge benefits in both ease of script writing and ease of maintenance.
Articles 24 Jan 2006
Test dynamic Web applications with IBM Rational Functional Tester scripts that can handle application changes
Frequently changing Web pages and Web applications make testing and test-script development a frustrating challenge. With IBM Rational Functional Tester you can develop clean test scripts that can withstand these changes and still put your application through its paces, build after build.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 10 Sep 2009
Automate Flex Spark tests with IBM Rational Functional Tester 8.2.1
Richa Awasthy provides an overview of Rational Functional Tester Version 8.2.1 Flex Spark support and the skills you need to automate the Flex Spark testing environment. Rational Functional Tester supports Flex test automation for Spark controls for Flex 4.0 and 4.1 SDKs.
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Articles 24 Jul 2012
Create a test automation framework using Rational Functional Tester
Shinoj Zacharias describes how to create an automation framework using Rational Functional Tester. He takes you through the entire process, starting with an introduction to Rational Functional Tester through the find Application Programming Interface(API) to create automation framework. This article includes examples and sample scripts.
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Articles 06 Aug 2013
Creation of web services with WebSphere Application Server V7 and testing with Rational Service Tester or Rational Performance Tester
IBM Rational Performance Tester SOA extension (RPT SOA) and IBM Rational Service Tester (RST) are used to run performance testing and functional testing on their Web based applications. The goal of this document is to explain how to test a Web Service designed for IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0 using IBM Rational Application Developer and IBM Rational Service Tester 8.x or IBM Rational Performance Tester with SOA extension.
Articles 25 May 2010
Simplify GUI test automation by using a labor-saving design pattern
Learn how you can employ a design pattern that helps automatically test your graphical user interfaces (GUIs) -- by using the IBM Rational> Functional Tester environment coupled with the IBM Corporation's automation test framework. This solution provides a simple architecture, offering a comprehensive set of functional tests for any GUI-based product, despite its underlying platform. The design pattern leverages pre-defined input XML files that describe the test case flow and the final expected output results. The tests can be deployed seamlessly to run on a variety of platforms, generating detailed trace and logs in the process. In order to provide a real world example of how this works, this article uses the IBM Database Add-Ins for the Microsoft Visual Studio product to supply examples about how design pattern for automation testing can be achieved.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 05 Oct 2010
Testing SOA services using Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality
This article shows you how to use IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality testing. You can use this tool to perform functional regression testing. Its unique, code-free design supports testers of all experience levels.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Jun 2010
Automate UI localization tests to save time and reduce errors
Automating UI localization testing (L10n) will lead to significant reduction in effort and time spent. Most important, automation helps reduce human errors, thereby increasing the quality of the product. Learn how to use IBM Rational Functional Tester to automate the process.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 12 Oct 2010
Eliminating ambiguous cases in the recognition of test objects
IBM Rational Functional Tester provides a test object recognition framework and a simple user interface for the tester to implement GUI-based test scripts. However, under some circumstances, such as testing an Eclipse-based application, you might find that the tested GUI is full of ambiguous test objects. This article shows you how to eliminate such ambiguous cases and gives you several guidelines to implement flexible and easy maintenance test scripts.
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Articles 20 Mar 2009
Testing SIP applications by using the IBM Rational Performance Tester Extension for SIP
This article explains the complete procedure of testing Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) applications by using the IBM Rational Performance Tester Version 7.0.1 for SIP extension. It illustrates testing a SIP application deployed in the SIP container of a remote WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment Version 6.1. The article is geared toward functional testing rather than performance testing of SIP applications, and it is intended for developers and testers of SIP applications.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 10 Jun 2008
Installing IBM Rational Software Modeler V6.0 trial for Windows compatibility patch
After you install the trial version of Rational Software Modeler V6.0, and before you run it, you must apply a patch to update some configuration files. The patch is required because retail versions of Rational Software Development Platform products, such as Rational Software Modeler V6.0, are designed to install only additional components if some components are already installed. As a result, trial versions of these products cannot coexist with the retail versions. Trial versions of products such as Rational Functional Tester and Rational Software Modeler must also be separate. This article details how to apply the patch, how to update your workspace, and how to update your trial product.
Articles 22 Mar 2005
How to resolve playback problems with test automation for Eclipse-based applications
When playing back a recorded test, IBM Rational Functional Tester searches for the mapped objects and performs a series of actions on them in the same sequence as they were recorded. The script to automate this process can fail if the GUI response time is different from time during recording, because objects do not exist where the actions need to be performed. This article explains how you can overcome these problems with proven techniques that generate reliable test automation for Eclipse-based applications.
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Articles 26 Oct 2010
Guide for migration from Rational TestManager to Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager is new breed of quality management (QM) software. It is a web-based test management tool that provides a collaborative and customizable solution for test planning, workflow control, tracking, and metrics reporting. It offers many advantages over IBM Rational TestManager. However, migrating from Rational TestManager to Rational Quality Manager needs to be well-planned and tested, particularly for large projects that include integrations with IBM Rational RequisitePro, IBM Rational ClearQuest, IBM Rational Functional Tester, and IBM Rational SoDA. This article will help you plan and test your migration process.
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Articles 19 Oct 2010
Windows SEK 2005 Release 1: Installing IBM Rational Web Developer V6.0 trial for Windows compatibility patch
After you install the trial version of Rational Web Developer V6.0, and before you run it, you must apply a patch to update some configuration files. The patch is required because retail versions of Rational Software Development Platform products, such as Rational Web Developer V6.0, are designed to install only additional components if some components are already installed. As a result, trial versions of these products cannot coexist with the retail versions. Trial versions of products such as Rational Functional Tester and Rational Web Developer must also be separate. This article details how to apply the patch, how to update your workspace, and how to update your trial product.
Articles 22 Mar 2005
Test automation for SAP packaged applications
from The Rational Edge: Read how Arsin, an IBM "Ready-for-Rational" partner, provides a testing solution for SAP packaged applications that leverages IBM Rational Functional Tester in combination with Arsin's own products.
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Articles 15 Feb 2008
Load test FileNet Content Engine using IBM Rational Performance Tester
This article explains how to configure IBM Rational Performance Tester to load test document editing functionality of the IBM FileNet Content Engine. This approach is based on the learning from a customer benchmark that targeted large volumes of content, where Rational Performance Tester was used for the first time to simulate document editing functionality. This article is particularly useful to software developers and testers who are trying to evaluate FileNet Content Engine performance.
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Articles 17 Jan 2012
Record a manual test script with Rational Quality Manager 4.0
Rational Quality Manager can use Rational Functional Tester to record a user's gestures on the application and automatically convert them into English natural language. Exploratory testing, documentation, and agile test teams that perform manual testing can use this capability and combination to write manual test scripts faster and easier.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 02 Oct 2012
Programmatically modify Rational datapools
IBM Rational tester products provide an excellent repository for test data, known as datapools. However, maintenance of the contents of datapools can become a full-time task in cases where test data might not be static. Tim von Niessen describes a programmatic approach to modification of the contents of your datapools, using Java to update your test data from Rational Functional Tester, Rational Performance Tester, and Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality.
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Articles 26 Jun 2012
Multilingual automation testing solution
Most automation scripts are based on English UIs. When the product is translated, there are problems, because the existing automation scripts cannot work on non-English UIs. This article describes how the IBM China Lotus Notes team resolves this issue by establishing a mechanism based on IBM Pseudo Translator to make the automation scripts work in a multilingual environment. Their solution includes generating a pseudo translation build to help programmers write automation scripts for multiple languages.
Articles 26 Feb 2013
Automation framework using datapools
This article offers a detailed explanation of how datapools can be used to help create an effective automation framework. In order to assist your datapool efforts, a ready-to-use code to read datapools is provided to help get you started.
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Articles 13 Apr 2010
Test Management and Tracking with the IBM Rational ClearQuest Test Management
Learn about the experience and findings of a study conducted by the IBM DB2 Function Verification Test team on the feasibility of using IBM Rational ClearQuest test management for functional verification testing, tracking, and monitoring. This article also presents an overview of the tool and the setup steps.
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Articles 06 Mar 2007
The business value of software quality
from The Rational Edge: This article explains the benefits of infusing concern for quality into an organization, as well as steps you can take and IBM tools you can use to support this key change.
Articles 15 Dec 2004
Make test automation scripts domain-independent so they are reusable
In test automation, test scripts and associated test frameworks get tied to the underlying domain of the application under test. It then becomes challenging to figure out whether the same recorded objects, scripts, and reusable functions that a framework offers will work across domains. To overcome this problem, it is essential to make the automation test scripts domain-independent. The result is that the same application objects, test scripts, and reusable functions will work across different test application domains, regardless of whether they are HTML, Java, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Windows, and so on.
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Articles 27 Mar 2012
Create defects automatically from automation playback report
Defects can be created automatically from an automation playback report. The list of failures from the automated test cases is filtered and using a small Selenium script or a java program (using RTC APIs), defects are created in IBM Rational Team Concert for all valid failures. The data for the defect is obtained from the failure reports (or any other data source), which also contain screen captures and a stack trace to give more precise information to the development team. You can integrate this automated process for creating defects from automation failures with automated deployment and testing.
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Articles 22 Jul 2014
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