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This topic explains how to access test results available on Team Server. If Parasoft Test reports are sent to Parasoft Team Server, team developers can import test results into the Parasoft Test GUI on the developer/tester desktop. This way, project-wide/team-wide tests can be run automatically each night on a central server machine. Each developer or testers can import his or her assigned tasks into the GUI and then review and respond to them in the Quality Tasks view.

Sections include:

Terminology:

  • Your tasks: The subset of all of your testing tasks that you are responsible for (based on Parasoft Test’s code authorship calculations, which are discussed in Configuring Task Assignment and Code Authorship Settings).

  • Recommended tasks: The subset of all of your testing tasks that Parasoft Test has selected for you to review and address today (based on the settings in the executed Test Configurationв’s Goals tab).
  • Your recommended tasks: The subset of all of your testing tasks that 1) you are responsible for (based on the designated authorship and task assignment settings  defined as described in Configuring Task Assignment and Code Authorship Settings) and 2) were selected for you to review and address today (based on the settings in the executed Test Configuration’s Goals tab).


In determining which tasks to recommend, Parasoft Test considers:

  • The severity of the issues reported (more severe violations are given priority).
  • The time when the file was modified (more recent modifications are given priority because they will be fresh in the developer’s mind).
  • Whether there are other issues reported for the same file (files with multiple violations are given priority because the developer will need to perform less testing this way — if you made 8 total corrections within 2 files, you would have to test only 2 files, but if you made 8 total corrections within 8 different file, you would have to test 8 files).

Importing Results From Team Server into the GUI

Any team member whose Parasoft Test installation is connected to Team Server will be able to import the test results stored on Team Server. When results are imported, test results are shown in the GUI as if the test were run in the GUI. After the import, you can drill down into results in the normal manner, double-click task messages to open and edit the related line of source code, use any applicable "Quick Fixes"  to correct reported problems, and so forth.

You can import a specific category of tasks, tasks for specific goals, or all tasks. You can only import results for projects that are currently in your workbench. If the tested project files were modified in your workbench since the test was run, the results will not be reported because they might not correspond to your modified version of the project files.

Note that the imported results are a static "snapshot" of the results at the time the test completed. They do not reflect changes were made since that test run (e.g., if tasks were reassigned or suppressed). If you want these updates to be propagated across the team, do one of the following:

  • Rerun the tests to update the results stored on Team Server
  • Enable the following setting on each connected team machine: Parasoft> Preferences> Quality Tasks> Revalidate tasks' suppressions and reassigns on startup or import.

 

Tip: Importing Tasks if Tests Are Not Performed Frequently

By default, Parasoft Test is configured to import tasks from tests performed within the past 2 days. If your team doesn’t run tests frequently and you try to import tasks more than 2 days after the test has run, nothing will be imported—unless you change the default settings. 

To change the default test import settings:

  1. Choose Parasoft> Preferences. The Preferences dialog will open.
  2. In the left pane, select Parasoft> Tasks.
  3. Modify the setting for Import only tasks reported for tests ran in the last n days.

Importing Your Recommended Tasks

To import your recommended tasks from Team Server:

  • Choose Parasoft> Import> My Recommended Tasks or click the Import My Recommended Tasks toolbar button.

Importing All Your Tasks

To import your all your current tasks from Team Server:

  • Choose Parasoft> Import> All My Tasks or choose All My Tasks from the Import My Recommended Tasks pull-down toolbar menu.

 

Why Are Only the Latest Results Imported?

When importing results, Parasoft Test loads the latest report for each session tag and downloads the tasks related to files that are in open projects. The tag is set through the session tag setting — either in the GUI’s Preferences> Reporting page, or with the session.tag={name} in the local settings . For example, if you run static analysis standards and test execution separately on the same project, results for both runs will be imported as long as they have different session tags. If they have the same tag, only the results from the most recent run will be loaded — even when you choose the Import All Tasks option.

Importing a Custom Set of Tasks

To import a custom set of tasks:

  1. Choose Parasoft> Import> Custom Tasks or choose Custom Tasks  from the Import My Recommended Tasks pull-down toolbar menu.
  2. Specify where you want to import tasks from. Available options are:
    • Import from Team Server: Imports tasks that were uploaded to Team Server (for example, after a batch mode test).
    • Import from local file(s): Imports tasks from a results file that is accessible from your local file system.

     3. Specify what type of tasks you want to import. Available options are:

    • All/Filtered:  Specifies whether you want to import all tasks on Team Server, or only a subset of tasks (tasks that satisfy the criteria specified in the subsequent options).
    • For goals: If global goals management (described in Configuring Task Goals) is enabled, this imports tasks related to the selected goal.
    • Recommended tasks: Imports only recommended tasks.
    • Selected resources: Imports only the set of tasks for the resource selected in the project tree.
    • For single user:  Imports only tasks for the specified user.
    • For session tag:  Imports only tasks marked with the specified session tag.
    • Task types: Specify the product and results type of the tasks you want imported.

     4. Click OK.

Importing all results from an XML file

Here’s an alternative way to import all tasks:

  1. Choose Parasoft> Explore> Team Server.  The Browsing dialog will open.
  2. Open the Reports tab of the Browsing dialog.
  3. Select the XML report whose results you want to import, then click the Import Results button.

Accessing Team Server Reports through the GUI

Any team member whose Parasoft Test installation is connected to Team Server will be able to view and download the report files that are available on Team Server.

To download a report file:

  1. Choose Parasoft> Explore> Team Server. The Browsing dialog will open.
  2. Open the Reports tab of the Browsing dialog. Reports will be organized according to the date when they were generated.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To view a report, select the report that you want to view, then click the View button. The report will open in a Web browser.
    • To download a report, select the report that you want to download, then click the Download button. A file chooser will open. Specify a location for the downloaded report, then click Save. The report file will then be downloaded to the specified location.

Removing Reports from Team Server

If you want to delete reports stored on Team Server (for example, if you want to clear all old reports from Team Server or remove the report for a failed test run):

  1. Choose Parasoft> Explore> Team Server. The Browsing dialog will open.
  2. Open the Reports tab of the Browsing dialog.
  3. Select the XML report whose results you want to delete, then click the Delete button.
    • If you want to keep the related test data on Team Server (e.g., if you are cleaning out old reports, but you still want data from these tests used for graphs that show historical trends), enable Keep summary data for report graphs.

Accessing Team Server Reports through a Web Browser

Any team member who can access the Team Server’s Web server can directly browse to the report files that are available on Team Server. This allows team members to access reports outside of the Parasoft Test GUI. Moreover, in the reports available on Team Server, all links (for instance, links to Category) are active. All links are not active in emailed reports.

To directly access a report available on Team Server:

    • Choose Parasoft> Explore> Team Server Reports in the Parasoft Test GUI.

Accessing Results through Parasoft Report Center

To access Parasoft Report Center reports based on information from Parasoft Test tests and other sources:

Choose Parasoft> Explore> Report Center Reports or open the reports as described in your Parasoft Report Center User’s Guide.

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