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Functional Software Testing
Usually when you think about functional testing, you visualize some sort of user interface (UI)
for inputting data: a well-defined form or page with fields and arrows and boxes and other
eye-candy. And most modern functional test tools were designed around this object-action paradigm.
But what happens in today's brave new world of service-oriented architecture (SOA)?
→ Functional testing of Web services: Part I
In a previous posting, we examined the definition and basic functionality of a Web service. Now
let's discuss the process behind testing Web services. In order to perform any effective automated
functional testing, two components are absolutely essential: good test data and an adequate test
→ Functional testing of Web services: Part II
After determining the requirements for functional testing of Web services, it was necessary to
examine some of the readily available test tools. My employer depends on the HP (formerly Mercury
Interactive) suite for most test automation, and our performance test gurus recommended a
LoadRunner component called VUGen - for Virtual User Generator. Among others, we also reviewed
SOAPSonar from CrossCheck Networks. These two tools ranked the highest with our test-tool testers
for overall usability.
→ Functional testing of Web services: Part III
Two other Web service test tools that deserve honorable mention in our comparison tests were:
soapUI, available as Open Source or in a professional version distributed by eviware; and HP's
QuickTest Professional Web Services Add-In.
→ Functional testing of Web services: Part IV
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This was first published in August 2008