Linux Automated Testing Tool...

Linux Automated Testing Tool...

Post by Jay Labadi » Tue, 28 Jan 1997 04:00:00

*** AutoScriptor ***

"The Standard for Compatibility, Interoperability & Functional Testing"

The Compatibility Challenge

Large companies face the challenge of keeping up with the latest
computing and networking technology. Organizations still have to
support older legacy systems and at the same time provide new
technology  to run the latest Client / Server systems. Before
upgrading to the latest operating systems and PC hardware, all
the pieces of the complex technology puzzle must fit together
smoothly.  For companies that make PC hardware, operating
systems, or application software, ensuring that new products are
compatible with both older and newer PC technology is critical.
Untested products will eventually lead to weaker corporate
profits and reduced market share.

Answering the questions: What effect will upgrading to the
newest version of an operating system have on an organization's
existing applications and network environment? What effect will
upgrading to the newest version of a network operating system
have?  If an organization upgrades its internal desktop PCs and
network servers, how will that effect the overall functionality
and performance of the existing applications?  (Will overall
application performance increase?  Will older legacy systems
function properly?)  These are just a few of the critical
questions that can be answered very quickly and efficiently by
deploying the AutoScriptor testing environment .  AutoScriptor
enables a QA Team to simulate the activity within a production
environment without changing or interfering with operating
systems, network protocols, or server environments, helping
preserve millions of invested computing dollars.

What is AutoScriptor?
AutoScriptor is a non-intrusive, hardware assisted, automated
software test system for PC based stand-alone and client-server
applications.  AutoScriptor is a comprehensive test system
designed to automate the unattended testing of multiple
operating systems and environments with a single, unique
solution.  AutoScriptor tests both GUI and character
applications running under any PC based or NC Computer operating
system including, QNX, DOS, Windows 3.x, Geoworks,  Windows NT,
Windows 95, OS/2, UNIX, NextStep, JavaOS, NCOS, and other
proprietary operating systems.

Unique Architecture
AutoScriptor's unique architecture makes it possible to support
any PC based operating environment with one simple solution.  By
separating the testing software from the System Under Test
(SUT), AutoScriptor is able to support the testing of any
application running under any operating system without loading
any special drivers or code on the SUT.  This is accomplished by
connecting the SUT to a PC based test server.  The AutoScriptor
Server is connected to each Target (SUT) machine via a private
network.  The AutoScriptor hardware consists of an external box
which resides near each Target machine and is networked back to
the server.   This external box intercepts the keyboard, mouse,
and video of the Target, enabling for the simulation of a human
test engineer.  The advanced technology utilized by the
AutoScriptor system allows for rapid object searching, OCR of
graphical patterns, accurate system benchmarks, and fully
synchronized script execution.


Record / Playback    
In the capture phase (recording), the test engineer exercises
the application under test.  The hardware simulator captures
keystrokes and mouse movements.  The answers from the system,
i.e. screen contents, are captured as well.  This information is
sent from the hardware simulator to the AutoScriptor Client /
Server application to be stored in an ANSI C based test script.
In the subsequent playback phase (execution), the test script is
executed on one or  many client PC(s) directed by the
AutoScriptor server application.  During playback execution, all
application responses are captured and the true performance of
the software under test is accurately measured.  This phase runs
unattended and automatically synchronizes to the application
under test.

Object Libraries                      
The power of AutoScriptor lies in its ability to capture
reusable graphicalobjects  (icons, push-buttons, menu items,
list boxes, hyper-text links, etc.) and reuse them throughout
all test cases.  Either while recording or off-line, patterns
can be captured, updated or replaced.  These patterns are stored
in user definable directory structures and can then be re-used
when recording future scripts.  This technology drastically
reduces the time spent on test script maintenance and allows for cross
platform script portability.

When Is AutoScriptor Used?

Performance and Benchmarking
The AutoScriptor network allows you to simultaneously test
multiple machines.  Because of its unique, non-intrusive design,
AutoScriptor can collect the most accurate benchmarks and
produce system load without taking up any system resources.

Compatibility / Interoperability Testing
Changes in computer hardware, network versions, and operating
systems can cause unexpected compatibility problems with
existing hardware and software.  Prior to a production roll out
to large numbers of users, AutoScriptor provides a clean way to
ensure that these types of changes will not adversely effect
current applications and operating environments.

Internet / Operating System Testing
Intel based operating systems such as, NextStep, PC Solaris,
GEOS, QNX, VENIX, Linux, PSOS, etc. are not supported by
software test tool vendors.   All of these operating systems
and more are fully supported by AutoScriptor. Any Internet /
Intranet based application is fully supported including hyperlink
verification and Java applet testing.  Any application that resides on a
PC, MAC, or NC Computer can be automated with AutoScriptor.

Automated Solutions, Inc.
P.O. Box 1844
Lowell, Ma. 01853
Ph: 508-459-6601
Fx: 508-459-6678