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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Explain Jubula - Web Functional/Regression Test Tool

Today we have around 100 tools available for functional and regression testing of the web based applications. Jubula is one among such tools and will be discussed here in detail. 

About Jubala

- This is an open source tool that is available both as a standalone application and as a part of the eclipse package.  
- The former comes with an installer that is quite easy to use and the latter one can be downloaded from an update site. 
- Jubula client can be used for viewing the actual and the expected results and also it can be used for viewing the current as well as the previous results. 
- Here, you can easily the automatic screenshots whenever an error occurs. 
Jubula supports many applications such as:
  1. Html
  2. Swing
  3. SWT/ RCP/ GEF and so on.
- Some features of Jubula tool have been listed below:
  1. Heuristic object recognition
  2. Command line client
  3. Context sensitive help in client
  4. Multi – user database for storing projects
  5. Portability
  6. Version control
- Command line has been included in this tool so as to facilitate continuous integration.
- Version control is achieved via the exports in XML format. 
- The contribution in this regard was made by BREDEX GmbH (also the developer of GUI dancer). 
- The GUIdancer was actually built up on the lines of Jubula core and offer some more features. 
- Jubula is not dependent on any platform windows, unix, linux or MAC. 
- A project by the name of ‘jubula functional testing tool’ was created as an open source project. 
- This project was a part of the eclipse technology project. 
- Other functional testing tools work up on the thing that the saving and management of the scripts is done through coding. 

Now depending up on the testing approach you are following, your test automation process may involve steps like recording, generation or straightaway writing of the code. 

What differentiates Jubala from other testing tools?

- It considers the importance of the automated acceptance tests as same as that of the project code. 
- According to Jubula, same best practices (reusability, modularity, readability etc.) should be used for creating these tests as well without requirement of any extra code. 
- Thus, the power of testing is given in the hands of the software testers and at the same time for the customers the access improves for monitoring the tests. 
This results in a code free approach that minimizes the need for test maintenance, thus allowing the users to write the tests from their perspective. 
If the team focuses on the software from the viewpoint of the user, it can gains a whole lot of quality info which often goes un-utilized when only JUnit tests are run.
- Jubula comes with a library of actions which is used for creating the tests. 
- You can combine the actions contained in the library using drag and drop.
This library contains all the necessary actions that one may require for writing the tests. 
- This library is also independent of platform and application which implies that you can start writing the tests before the software is actually made available to you. 
- When you work with Jubula, you save on time since as soon as the code is committed the tests can be executed. 
- The time between the introduction of an error and catching it is reduced.

Objectives of Jubala

Jubula has got the following objectives:
  1. Providing tooling for carrying out automated GUI testing on html and java based applications.
  2. Specifying and maintaining a model specifications and requirements of the tests.
  3. Providing API for projects so that the test scenarios can be generated, test can be executed and results can be obtained. 

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