Data pooling the URL of an application

If you have the same Web UI application deployed on different servers corresponding to different phases of a project (development, production...), or different versions of the application for example, you might want to execute the same Web UI test on all these servers at once. Initially, one way to do so was to create web applications for all these different servers, then create a copy of the same test and add it to a compound test that you would run. From version 9.2.1 of the product, you can use a more straightforward procedures. To switch from one server to another, you can just edit the URL of the application and run the test on a different server. To execute tests on different environments at once, you can substitute the URL from a datapool so that you can run the same test in a loop on different servers.

About this task

This task applies to Web UI applications only, from the Web UI Test perspective.

Procedure

  1. To switch from one server to another one while you are running your test, you need to edit the application URL as follows:
    1. In the test workbench, open the test in the Test Editor, click the Launch application root step.
    2. In the Application Details pane, select the URL in the Address field and enter a new URL, or modify the current URL. Example: Replace the . com extension with the .en extension.
  2. To execute a test in different environments, use a datapool to substitute the value in the Address field, with a variable test data, for example, you can replace the .com extension of the URL with the .en extension, as follows:
    1. Create the datapool. For more information about this subject, see Creating a datapool associated with a test.
    2. Associate the address field request in the test with a particular column in the datapool. To do so, select the URL, right-click the URL in the field, and select Select Data Source. For more information about this subject, see Associating test data with a datapool column
    3. Once the datapool and column are selected, click Finish. In our example, there is a compound test with two iterations of the test, one for the .en site, the other for the .com site.
    4. Run the test. During the playback, you will have to check that the first iteration is replaced with the second one.
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