SOAtest provides full support for the testing of both Web interfaces and services over multiple protocols. This establishes an integrated framework for "end-to-end" testing; a single test suite can verify operations that cross the messaging layer, the Web interface, the database, and EJBs. Moreover, "Unit tests" can be created as soon as a single "unit of work" is completed, then this test suite can be incrementally enhanced to verify additional components as they are added, test the integration of components within an SOA, and audit end-to-end business processes that span across composite applications.
SOAtest provides a flexible test suite infrastructure that lets you add, organize, and run specialized test scenarios. Each test in a test suite contains a main test tool and any number or combination of outputs (other tools, or special output options). You can run individual tests, or the complete test suite. In addition, you can attach regression controls at the test or test suite level so that you are immediately alerted to unexpected changes. You can move, copy, and delete existing tests and test suites or create new tests manually.
After individual functional tests have been created, they can be leveraged into scenario-based tests without any additional work. Scenario tests allow you to emulate business logic or transactions that may occur during normal usage of the application or service. This also allows you to find bugs that may surface only after a certain sequence of events.
The most common workflow for developing test end-to-end test scenarios is as follows.
As each "unit of work" (service or other logic component) is completed:
As your test suites grow, combine tests into test scenarios; for example, you can:
Use environments to configure a predictable and accessible test bed.