GUI testing in Eclipse

While helping out a colleague with a research effort to help find the right GUI testing tool I came across this article. I think it does a pretty good job laying out the different kinds of testing and references some good open source tools that you could use. It of course mentions the big players, Rational Functional Tester and Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP).

If you are still doing manual UI testing then you really need to evaluate your resources and the cost to your software company when bugs are found on the shipping product.

You simply can not afford to not use automation.


Very interesting technique of using scripting for a more dynamic platform

I just read Wayne's blog entry where he talks about this concept and at first I did not understand it. I then looked at the referenced project and cracked open the yummy.groovy file and I finally understood the concept(I am one of those tangible learners).

Since the yummy.groovy file is a script, the contents for that view can be dynamically changed at runtime! You could theoretically write an entire UI with many “screens” in a single Eclipse view using this technique. By having the contents of your view be in a Groovy script you can “swap” out the contents at runtime with a new script.

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Call for Composite Application content for Lotusphere 2008!

I posted a blog entry on the CA blog yesterday asking for feedback on what content you would like to see in this space. Joe responded with some great suggestions, feel free to add your own as a response.

Some areas I know people ask a lot about are:

  • Property Broker concepts and use cases
  • Debugging
  • WSDL explanations and samples
  • Integration with existing Notes applications
  • Integration with Visual Basic Applications
  • Off line portlets

Let us know and we can get the right content to the conference.

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Portal Technical Conference in Munich Germany registration is now open!

Registration is open for the upcoming WebSphere Portal Technical Conference Europe September 10 – 12, 2007 at the Hilton Munich Park Hotel.

I will be presenting Building Rich Client support for WebSphere Portal with Lotus Expeditor in the What's New in WebSphere Portal.

I will also be attending the Birds of a Feather (BOF) with Amit on Lotus Expeditor.

See you there!

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Project Zero server running in Expeditor

For this think Friday I attempted to get a Project Zero application running inside of the Expeditor runtime. Because the XPD toolkit does not really support Eclipse 3.3 and our launch does not work well with that and Java 5 I took a quick shortcut and just launched the Eclipse workbench with Expeditor runtime as the project space runtime.

What I really just wanted to get going was the Project Zero server loaded into the OSGI runtime of Eclipse and have its applications be able to seamlessly access classes and services from other OSGI bundles.

Here is what I did:

  • Created a plugin called ( which contains all of the Project Zero runtime jars. They are all exported and I also had the plugin use a Dynamic-Import statement so it could dynamically access other plugins classes and service. ie. (DynamicImport-Package: *)
  • I then created another plugin called “”. This plugin houses an extension point called ZeroApp. The extension will basically “learn” what ZeroApp bundles are installed on the system and run them on some command. For this purpose, I added an auto-start boolean on the extension and if it was true the ZeroApp started when the platform launches. I started the Zero App by calling zero.core.Main.main() with the information I got from the hosting Bundle for the Zero App extension (ie. the root directory).
  • Lastly I took the sample application from Zero (simpleTodo), used the PDE tools to convert it to a bundle and modified it to access the Property Broker service from Expeditor. It was nothing huge, just to print out the names for all of the active actions in the broker.

So what happened?

Well, for the most part it worked. I have some logger dependency problems that can easily be fixed. Otherwise it worked quite well.

Here is the code I added to the sample:

At the top of todo.groovy:


PropertyBroker broker = PropertyBrokerFactory.getBroker();
Action[] actions = broker.getActions();

In the output:

writer.write "PB Actions defined:

    actions.each { writer.write "
  • Action: "+it.getName() + "
  • " }

    writer.write "

And here is a screen shot of the sample running in an Eclipse browser:

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Virtual Art is real too, from eightbar

Wow, this is a pretty amazing video I saw from the Eight Bar site. I play with virtual graphic software all of the time, I use trueSpace at home and I can not imagine doing something like this with that tool. The Second Life builder is very nice.

The entire video, right to the end, is very nice.