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Next-generation functional testing tools

Posted in Software testing book,testing tool by testing in London on October 11, 2007

From InfoQ

The Agile Alliance is holding a workshop to envison the next-generation of functional testing tools, from October 11th to 12th, 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

The workshop background describes the context for this initiative by describing how far functional testing has come and how far it has yet to go:

  • The good news is that tool support for automated functional tests has grown significantly in recent years. There is a large variety of commercial and open source testing tools/frameworks available that support Agile development practices. The FIT framework was a significant boost to the state of the art of automated functional testing, both in terms of the syntax of the specification (tables), the detailed test execution feedback (cell by cell), and the development/execution environment (desktop tools rather than development or specialized tools).
  • However, we believe that it’s time for another significant boost to the state of the art.
  • We are lacking integrated development environments that facilitate things like: refactoring test elements, command completion, incremental syntax validation (based on the domain specific test language), keyboard navigation into the supporting framework code, debugging, etc.
  • We need more expressive test specification languages, possibly integrating executable: text, tables, shapes, and colors together into a single test.
  • We need specification languages that can describe user interaction in a readable and maintainable fashion.
  • We need to be able to view/navigate the tests in multiple different ways in order to see how the pieces of the puzzle contribute to the bigger picture of the domain/feature: organize tests based on their domain context; search for tests based on user-defined keywords (cross cutting concerns).
  • and things that we haven’t even thought of.

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