RFC Name : Testing

Editor(s): PietMolenaar, TeroAittokallio

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This is an official Request for Comment (RFC) for Testing.

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30/10/06 Not yet completely written but open for public comment

31/10/06 Short investigation of testing environments started: see below; based on JUnit extensions but any suggestions welcome!!

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Apart from the currently already implemented JUnit tests, the Cytoscape framework needs tests that cover (and preferably automatically test) user interaction; functional/regression tests. All along the following lines:

1. create a brief overview GUI testing environments

2. code-spike: 'load a network and move nodes around'

3. extend this as a default test framework for GUI tests

4. implement this (or have this implemented) for all basic GUI operations

5. extend tests to include PerformanceProfiling

6. put up a small set of recommended GUI and JUnit tests for plugin developers; including data

Biological Questions / Use Cases

* Typical user scenarios are recorded as GUI actions in a file that can be re-used for automated testing


GUI-testing environment:

* OpenSource

* Java; preferably JUnit integration

* Record/Play-back facilities

* Code and script facilities

* Active community; under active development

General Notes

Based on requirements above currently investigated:

* SwingUnit

* Jemmy

* JFCUnit

* Abbot

Open Issues

Backward Compatibility

Implementation Plan


Piet: I have done some testing using the Abbott framework but as I see it now this might be of use when testing 'black box' plugins, but for the framework and core plugins (where the source is available) the SwingUnit provides the most structured way of writing Gui tests.

GuiTesting (last edited 2009-02-12 01:03:37 by localhost)

Funding for Cytoscape is provided by a federal grant from the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the Na tional Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number GM070743-01. Corporate funding is provided through a contract from Unilever PLC.

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