E-commerce and the Internet are getting a good ration of testing tools.
Rational Software in Cupertino,
California, is rolling out a new suite of testing tools designed to let
companies make sure their Java applications and e-commerce services work as
Called Rational TeamTest 7, the latest version of the firm's testing software comes with tools for e-commerce, iterative test management
against project requirements, and deeper integration with other Rational
tools like the recently
announced PerformanceStudio for load testing, and DevelopmentDeskTop
for reliability testing.
"We were especially interested in single automated software quality
[testing systems] that could test the Java in any browser, as well
as our C++ and Visual Basic components," said Aretha Adams, software
quality assurance engineer at DuPont Photomasks. "We surveyed
the market for a good electronic commerce testing [systems], and
Rational's TeamTest 7 is the first we found that did a reliable job with
Java and Dynamic HTML."
Rational's new e-commerce testing tools are designed to let users test Java
and Dynamic HTML products in a browser in the manner an end-user would
actually use the application. The system records the activity of the Java
application so engineers and developers can play back the activity and make
changes as needed.
The testing tool also takes advantage of the World Wide Web Consortium's Document Object
Model, a standard object modeling system developed by the Internet
"Previous testing technologies have treated HTML Web pages as static
environments and have not worked accurately for e-commerce, where most Web
pages are generated automatically in response to interaction with the
Web-site visitor," said Rational executives in a prepared statement.
"Rational TeamTest 7 correctly tests every user transaction uniquely,
because it uses object technology to correctly identify all the properties
[such as target links] of Dynamic HTML objects."
The product is scheduled to be ready the first quarter of 1999 for
approximately $3,995. Rational is still considering whether to give free upgrades to customers of Rational SQA Suite TeamTest 6.1 with active maintenance
In related news, Rational will also announce next week that its Rational
Robot 7 testing software will be used internally by PeopleSoft to test PeopleSoft's
Java client and Web-based self-service applications. The announcement will be
made at PeopleSoft's user group conference being held next week in San