SOA Developers Get Testy
Parasoft SOAtest 5.5 makes QA testing a team effort
October 2, 2007 —
Even the most talented developers require testing tools, and producing a compliant and reliable service-oriented environment requires a quality assurance process. Parasoft has augmented its tools to make possible a connection between the tools of developers and those of QA professionals.
Parasoft SOAtest 5.5, released today, enables development teams to perform business process testing, load and performance testing, policy enforcement, scenario tests and unit testing. This release adds support for the Microsoft .NET Framework and Windows Communication Foundation.
SOAtest is multiprotocol and provides emulation capabilities for testing. It consumes the semantic information around protocols, making it easy to use, claimed Wayne Ariola, vice president of strategy at Parasoft.
A new automation feature, so-called intelligent stubs, emulates the behavior of applications within a production system. The stubbing capabilities emulate clients and servers, and allow consumers and producers to test from different entry points.
SOAtest 5.5 integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2005; developers can use the IDE to execute, manage and share SOAtest projects. This integration makes continuous load testing and daily reporting possible, said Ariola.
People may have different opinions on how to do it, and why to do it, but the [investment in test tools] goes away when testing is not baked into the process, explained Ariola. He added that organizations must have the appropriate back end to take advantage of testing tools.
Ariola noted that Parasoft expects to preview new technology for managing virtualized test environments in January. Intelligent stubs and continuous load testing hint towards how it all gets glued together, and behavior is monitored by the system, he said.