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JSF Testing Tools

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on January 1, 2008

From InfoQ

Unit testing JSF based web applications has been considered difficult because of the constraints of testing JSF components outside the container. Most of the web-tier testing frameworks follow black-box testing approach where developers write test classes using the web components to verify the rendered HTML output is what is expected. Frameworks such as HtmlUnit, HttpUnit, Canoo WebTest, and Selenium fall into this category. The limitation of these frameworks is that they only test the client side of a web application.

But this trend is changing with the recently released JSFUnit and other JSF testing frameworks such as Shale Test and JSF Extensions that support white-box testing to test both client and server components of the web application. And projects like Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) and JXInsight are also helping in the development and testing of JSF applications.

Like any other unit testing framework, a typical JSF test framework should provide the following features:

  • Ability to run a test case in isolation, outside the container and from within an IDE like Eclipse or NetBeans to promote Test Driven Development (TDD).
  • Ability to test full HTTP Request-Response lifecycle.
  • Integration with build tools such as Ant or Maven to run unit tests in an automated build and Continuous Integration environment.
  • The test framework should also support the JSF specific requirements like:

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