HCL OneTest™ UI overview

HCL OneTest™ UI is an object-oriented automated functional testing tool that tests HTML, including HTML 5, Java, Windows, .NET, Visual Basic, SAP, Silverlight, Eclipse, Siebel, Flex, Ajax, Dojo, GEF and PowerBuilder applications. With its ability to test HTML 5-based applications and UI frameworks, HCL OneTest™ UI 9.2 and newer also tests the user interface of Web applications on the desktop and on mobile devices.

HCL OneTest™ UI runs on Windows and Linux platforms, while the HTML5-based testing features run on Mac OS, in addition to Windows and Linux.

Two perspectives: Functional Test and Web UI Test

When you work in the Eclipse IDE, you work in the context of a perspective, that is, a set of pre-defined views and editors. HCL OneTest™ UI 9.2 and newer includes two perspectives that you can use to do your testing: the Functional Test perspective and the Web UI Test perspective.

The Functional Test perspective

The Functional Test perspective is the same perspective that has always been available in HCL OneTest™ UI. Use it to test native applications or hybrid applications that sometimes include embedded web technologies. You can also use HCL OneTest™ UI to test Adobe PDF documents, and zSeries, iSeries, pSeries, and mainframe applications.

The Functional Test perspective in HCL OneTest™ UI is available in two integrated development environments (IDE) and two scripting languages for advanced users.
  • HCL OneTest™ UI, Eclipse Integration uses the Java language.
  • HCL OneTest™ UI Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Integration uses the VB.NET language and the Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET development environment.

The Web UI Test perspective

The other testing perspective that is available to you in the HCL OneTest™ UI 9.2 Eclipse IDE is the Web UI Test perspective. The Web UI Test perspective is the same perspective that was available in HCL OneTest UI prior to the 9.2 release.

The Web UI Test perspective includes support for HTML5 and several HTML 5-based UI frameworks. You can use the Web UI Test perspective to test browser-based Web applications from a desktop or laptop computer or from a mobile device by capturing UI actions against the HTML controls on web pages. In addition, you can manage Selenium Java™ tests, Appium Java™ tests, and create compound tests with multiple test types, including functional tests, Web UI tests, mobile Web UI tests, Selenium and Appium tests. The capabilities provided in the Web UI Test perspective are not available in the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET environment.

HCL OneTest™ UI technology and features in the Functional Test perspective

The object-oriented recording technology in the HCL OneTest™ UI Functional Test perspective lets you generate functional testing scripts for automated testing quickly by recording against the application under test. HCL OneTest™ UI uses object-oriented technology to identify controls or objects by their internal properties and not by screen coordinates. If the location or text of a control or the object changes, HCL OneTest™ UI can still find it during playback.

The object testing technology in HCL OneTest™ UI enables you to test any controls or object in the application under test, including the control properties and data.

In HCL OneTest™ UI, you have the option to capture snapshots of the application controls while recording the simplified functional test script. The captured application visuals are displayed in the Application View. You can use the application visuals to modify the simplified functional testing scripts and insert or edit verification points without opening the test application.

While working with the HCL OneTest™ UI Eclipse Integration or HCL OneTest™ UI, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Integration, the test object maps are used and the application visuals are not available. When you record a functional test script, HCL OneTest™ UI automatically creates a test object map for the application under test. The test object map lists the test objects available in the application, whether they are currently displayed or not. The object map provides a quick way to add objects to a functional test script. Since the test object map contains recognition properties for each object, you can easily update the recognition information in one central location. Any functional test scripts that use this test object map also share the updated information.

During recording you can insert verification points into the script to confirm the state of a control or an object across builds of the application under test. The verification point captures object information (based on the type of verification point) and stores it in a baseline data file. The information in this file becomes the baseline of the expected state of the object during subsequent builds. HCL OneTest™ UI has an object properties verification point and five data verification points (menu hierarchy, table, text, tree hierarchy, and list). You can use the Verification Point Comparator to analyze differences across builds and update the baseline file.

HCL OneTest™ UI features platform-independent and browser-independent test playback. For example, you can record a functional test script on Windows and play it back on Linux. You can record a functional test script using Firefox or Internet Explorer. Because the functional testing script contains no references to the browser used during recording, you can play back the functional test script using any of the supported versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer.

HCL OneTest™ UI Proxy SDK for the Functional Test perspective

With HCL OneTest™ UI proxy software development kit (SDK) you can extend automated functional testing support for application user interface controls (GUI test objects), beyond what is provided by default.

HCL OneTest™ UI integrations

Both perspectives support integration with various products such as Rational® Quality Manager, Rational Team Concert™, IBM Urban Code Deploy, Jenkins, and Ant. The Functional Test perspective also provides support for Clear Case and Cucumber.

Rational Clear Case and Rational Team Concert integration: You can integrate HCL OneTest™ UI with Rational Clear Case or Rational Team Concert and manage functional test assets using any of these source control management tools.

Rational Quality Manager integration: HCL OneTest™ UI can be integrated with IBM® Rational Quality Manager by configuring the adapter and execute the functional test scripts from Rational Quality Manager.

IBM Urban Code Deploy, Jenkins, Cucumber, and Ant provide additional ways to run functional test scripts.

HCL OneTest™ UI Extension for Terminal-based Applications in the Functional Test perspective

HCL OneTest™ UI Extension for Terminal-based Applications supports functional testing of zSeries (Mainframe such as TN3270, TN3270E), iSeries (AS/400 such as TN5250) and pSeries (Virtual Terminals such as VT default, VT100, VT420-7, VT420-8, VT UTF-8). HCL OneTest™ UI Extension for Terminal-based Applications tool helps you create test scripts to automate the functional testing of host application test cases. It provides a rich set of capabilities to test host attributes, host field attributes and screen flow. It uses terminal verification points and properties, as well as synchronization code to identify the readiness of terminal for user input.

Accelerating the test effort with distributed testing in the Web UI Test perspective

The HCL OneTest™ UI Web UI Test perspective helps you accelerate the test effort by providing ways to distribute test execution across multiple browsers and multiple computers simultaneously. Here are some of the capabilities provided by the Web UI Test perspective:

  • The ability to run a single Web UI test on multiple browsers and mobile devices simultaneously
  • The ability to run multiple Web UI tests on multiple browsers and mobile devices simultaneously
  • The ability to run multiple Web UI tests across multiple remote computers simultaneously (Requires integration with HCL OneTest™ Performance)
  • The ability to run multiple Web UI and compound tests simultaneously, both from the IDE and the command line
  • The ability to run Web UI tests in the cloud
  • The ability to record a Web UI test in one browser and play it back in another browser or on a mobile device
  • The ability to test mobile Web applications on mobile devices

Test mobile web applications in the Web UI Test perspective

The Web UI Test perspective includes support for testing browser-based web application that are developed using pure web technologies, such as HTML 5, CSS3, and JavaScript libraries, such as Dojo Mobile and JQuery Mobile. Web applications are developed to run in multiple browsers and are platform-independent.

You can also perform mobile application testing using the Appium test automation framework. You can run JUnit Appium tests in an Appium framework or in a Perfecto cloud environment.

Feedback