Sunday, February 17, 2008

Intro to SOA Regression Testing: A Hands-on Approach

Learn SOA Regression Testing techniques through automated data sources and recording base-line tests.


Regress means to go backwards. Software Regression Testing is the means of identifying unintentional errors or bugs that may have been introduced as a result
of changing a program module. The program module regresses by no longer working as it used to before. Software development is an iterative process in which program modules are continually modified by teams of developers to meet changing system requirements Typical software systems with N modules have N-squared dependencies. A flaw introduced in a modified module can have significant impact across the entire system.

Regression tests help identify changes between a selected product release and a previous release of the product – called a baseline. A baseline is recorded snapshot of desirable product behavior. This expected behavior is then used to ensure that nothing has been broken in the system as a result of changes introduced in a program module. Establishing a regression testing framework is crucial for building reliable and stable software products.

Web services – the foundation of modern Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) – are self-contained, modular applications that one can describe, publish, locate, and invoke over a network. Web services are agnostic to operating system, hardware platform, communication protocol or programming langu
age. Most IT assets such as application servers, RDBMS, CRM/ERP applications, and SaaS products now advertises their interfaces as a Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) interface ready for SOAP/XML messaging. Using SOAP for system-to-system messaging and WSDL for interface description, IT professionals now have unprecedented flexibility in integrating IT assets across corporate domains. It is this flexibility of distributed computing provided by web services that makes developing and deploying a robust, resilient and reliable Service Oriented Architecture challenging.

QA Professional faces unique challenges in performing regression testing of a Service Oriented Architecture. The fundamental advantage of a Service Oriented Architecture is reuse of services across a distributed, technology agnostic infrastructure. In as successful SOA deploy
ment, the number and re-use of services should continue to increase. As the number of services and their re-use within a SOA increases, the difficulty in testing services increases dramatically owing to the interdependencies of the services within a distributed environment. If one the services desired behavior changes, all the dependent services will exhibit faulty behavior. Thus, SOA Architects, Developers and QA Professionals are now responsible for adapting their testing techniques, selecting appropriate testing tools and developing web services domain expertise to make their SOA deployments deliver business value reliably and securely.

In this article, we describe techniques for SOA Regression Testing through a hands-on approach that walks you through:

  • Setting up a simple web services consumer (client) and producer (server) environment.

  • Establishing an external MS Excel data source for driving test scenarios.

  • Recording an acceptable base-line run.

  • Simulate regression by changing producer service.

  • Re-run external test data and identify producer service regression.

After completing the hands-on walk through below, QA Professionals, Developers and Architects will have a strong foundation in establishing and extending test suites for regression testing within their Service Oriented Architecture.

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1 comment:

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