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From "ant elder" <ant.el...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Automate itests for WAR packaging
Date Sun, 03 Feb 2008 10:42:54 GMT
On Feb 1, 2008 5:41 PM, Raymond Feng <enjoyjava@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> (Sorry for the long text, I make it availabe on our WIKI too:
> http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TUSCANYWIKI/Automation+of+itests+in+web+applications
> ).
> In our WAR packaging scheme, we package SCA artifacts with Tuscany runtime
> jars in a WAR so that it can be deployed to a web container such as
> Tomcat,
> Jetty or Geronimo. In release 1.1, we already have 5-6 samples as web
> applications.
> 1) Most of the validation of web applications is done manully before a
> release. This is time-consuming and error prone.
> 2) Our integration tests are not performed in the WAR packaging scheme.
> Trying samples is a smoke test. If we can run the itests in a web
> application, we'll get much more coverage.
> To address the above issues, I propose that we add the following
> capabilities:
> 1) Provide an option to wrap itests into web applications with little
> effort
> to convert the test cases
> 2) Automate the steps to start/stop a web container and deploy web
> applications to the container
> 3) Automate the testing of our JUnit-based test cases in the web
> application
> I did some prototyping and here is what I have achieved so far:
> 1) Add some code to
> "org.apache.tuscany.sca.host.webapp.TuscanyServletFilter"
> (tuscany-host-webapp) to intercept the HTTP requests to a special path
> "/junit". The control is then delegated to a new class WebTestRunner that
> knows how to find and run the JUNIT test cases and produce the results of
> the test (for example, number of runs, failures and errors, similar with
> what maven surefire plugin does). The report is sent back to the web
> client.
> With this, we can run the plain JUNIT test cases in the web application by
> connecting to a URL like http://localhost:8080/<app-name>/junit.
> 2) Adjust the sample-calculator-webapp to validate the idea
> * Add a test case calculator.CalculatorTestCase
> * Configure the maven-war-plugin in the pom.xml to include the test
> classes
> as a jar into the WAR (WEB-INF/test-lib/)
> * Change the junit dependency from test to runtime so it will be packaged
> into the WAR
> 3) Run the maven build as ususal, produce a WAR, deploy to Tomcat, browse
> to
> http://localhost:8080/sample-calculator-webapp/junit, and see the test
> results in the browser. To run a selected list of test cases,
> http://localhost:8080/sample-calculator-webapp/junit?test1,test2.
> This seems to be non-invasive as we already configure the servlet filter
> for
> web applications. The regular URLs to JSPs or web services stay the same.
> We
> don't have to change the test case code too much.
> I also went a bit further:
> 1) Developed a maven plugin to trigger the web-based junit tests and
> analyze
> the results
> 2) Configure the pom.xml with cargo plugin to start an embedded Jetty
> server, deploy the WAR, trigger the web-based junit tests, and stop the
> server.
> Now I have a complete automation. To avoid repeating the pom configuration
> for each itest, we can add a profile in the parent pom to support this
> scheme.
> For Tuscany itests, we also have to figure out a way to avoid the
> conflicting bootstrap in the J2SE and web.
> Your feedback is welcome.
> Thanks,
> Raymond

+1 to automated testing of the samples, demos and tutorials.

Sounds like you've already done a lot of work on this, but i don't
understand why this really complicated custom framework is necessary, what
does it give that we need which the standard cargo and htmlunit testing wont


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