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[QF-Test] JavaFX and Chrome support: First public Beta of QF-Test 4.0 released
Dear QF-Test users, We are pleased to announce the first official Beta version of QF-Test version 4.0. We expect a Beta period of about two months with frequent updates which will also be announced on this list. QF-Test 4.0.0-beta1 with JavaFX and Chrome support released =========================================================== QF-Test version 4.0.0-beta1 is now available for download from http://www.qfs.de/en/qftest/download.html Highlights of QF-Test 4 include: * New GUI engine: JavaFX * Support for Chrome browser on Windows * Improved support for Java WebStart and Applets * Support for the AJAX framework jQuery UI * Generic classes for components of all GUI engines * Improved user interface with colored syntax highlighting * New package for client-side ssh connections For a detailed list of innovations since QF-Test version 3.5 please see the release notes below or online at http://www.qfs.de/en/qftest/relnotes.html License updates for QF-Test 4 ============================= To ease the transition to a new version for users, beta releases can be used with the license of the previous version, though only for a limited time. Licenses for QF-Test version 3.5 are valid for QF-Test version 4.0 until June 30, 2014. Users with a valid Maintenance Agreement will be entitled to this major upgrade for free. Without Maintenance Agreement the fee for upgrading from version 3.5 to version 4.0 is 30% of the current license price. Please note that Chrome support is automatically included in QF-Test/web whereas JavaFX support in QF-Test/fx is a new GUI engine that must be purchased separately or as an add-on. Evaluation licenses automatically include support for the JavaFX engine, users with a commercial license should request an evaluation license if they want to give QF-Test/fx a try. Release Notes for QF-Test version 4.0.0-beta1 ============================================= New features: ------------- * JavaFX is the successor of Swing as the standard UI Toolkit in Java 8. QF-Test version 4.0 introduces the new product line QF-Test/fx that fully supports testing JavaFX applications. This GUI engine is nearly complete. Missing at this point is recording of procedures and support for handling the embedded WebView as a full-featured QF-Test Web engine is incomplete. * Support for the Chrome browser on Windows is well advanced and mostly stable. As before with Internet Explorer and Firefox the goal is to hide the browser differences and enable a single test to run unchanged on all three browsers. Not implemented at this point are various browser dialogs as well as file up- and download. Another current restriction is that only one instance of Chrome can be run by QF-Test in parallel. * The concept of generic classes, initially available for the web engine only, has been extended to support JavaFX and soon all GUI engines. It is the basis for interoperable tests that work for different GUI engines, provides a higher level of abstraction and more flexible and robust component recognition. Recording of generic classes is configured via the option "Record generic class names for components". See the video at http://www.qfs.de/en/qftest/web-gui-testing-reduction-of-complexity.html for a vivid demonstration of the explosion of complexity in AJAX user interfaces. This applies just as well to JavaFX which shares the automation problems of a UI built from a large number of small GUI elements and for which QF-Test's approach with generic classes fits perfectly. * Tolerant class matching when recording: Existing nodes in QF-Test's component hierarchy will be reused as long as they match one of the classes of the recorded component. This means that when switching to/from generic class recording, no components will be forcibly re-recorded. This has no impact on the 'Update components' feature which always updates the respective components according to the current recording option settings. * Connection with the SUT is now implemented via the Java agent mechanism by default. It is faster, more stable - especially for Java WebStart and Applets - and much more flexible and powerful. In case of problems the Java agent mechanism can be disabled via the option "Connect via QF-Test agent". * During SUT startup Jython and Groovy are now loaded on demand, leading to faster and more reliable startup. Jython in particular was one of the main reasons for problems with Java WebStart. This also reduces the overhead and memory footprint if either of the languages is not used at all. * Support was added for the AJAX framework jQuery UI. * Eclipse/SWT support was added for the Eclipse 4.4 "Luna". * The Nebula NatTable component is now supported by default and automatically recognized. * Colored syntax highlighting of tree nodes was added which significantly improves readability of test-suites. * The shared terminal now provides coloring of different message types. The new group of Terminal options encloses a bunch of new settings to adjust text display in the shared terminal. Font size and type can be defined as well as a number of regular expressions to highlight and/or filter arbitrary text in the output. * It is now possible to set breakpoints on 'Component' nodes so as to enter the debugger as soon as the node gets referenced. * For a failed 'Check items' node both run-log and report now contain a context diff of the expected and actual values so that all deviations can quickly be identified. * Relative test-calls with a leading '.' are now supported. * In places where QF-Test supports regular expressions, e.g. 'Text', 'Feature' or 'Items', normal text can now be turned into a properly quoted regular expression by right-clicking and selecting 'Escape text for regular expressions' from the context menu. * Handling of items with multi-line text, e.g. tree nodes, table headers or cells, list items etc. has been improved. * Search and replace operations for variables can now be limited further to cover only variable names or variable values. * The manual chapter on integration with HP ALM - QualityCenter was rewritten from scratch. Changes that can affect test execution: --------------------------------------- * The 'Wait for component to appear' node implicitly waits for the respective SUT client to connect for the required GUI engine. In case the wait fails, a ComponentNotFoundException is thrown with a message that explains whether the component was not found, the respective SUT client is not connected or whether there is no matching GUI engine available for that client. The 'Expected message' attribute of a 'Catch' node can be used to differentiate between those causes. In absence of a suitable client there was an inconsistency in older QF-Test versions, causing either a ComponentNotFoundException or a ClientNotConnectedException to be thrown, depending on whether such a client was previously connected or not. In case your test still expects a ClientNotConnectedException you either need to change the 'Catch' node, add an additional 'Catch' or prepend the 'Wait for component to appear' node with a 'Wait for client to connect' node. * The new option "How to handle disabled components" defines what to do when a disabled 'Component' node is referenced during test execution. In previous versions of QF-Test the disabled state was ignored which sometimes led to confusion. The default now is to log an error. Consequently, disabled 'Component' nodes are no longer re-used when recording. * There is a new option called "Default timeout for checks (ms)" that - as its name implies - defines a default timeout for checks that have no 'Timeout' attribute set. It increases general stability of check execution. If your tests include a lot of 'Check' nodes without 'Timeout' that are expected to fail, test execution time may increase. In this case you may want to set this option back to 0, the old default or, preferably, update the respective nodes and set their 'Timeout' attribute to 0. New packages and procedures in the standard library qfs.qft ----------------------------------------------------------- * The new qfs.fx package holds a full set of procedures for interacting with JavaFX components. * The new qfs.utils.ssh package provides procedures for client-side ssh connections. * There's a new check utility procedure called qfs.check.checkValueInRange. * Various new procedures for interacting with Swing components: qfs.swing.checkbox.deselectWithCoordinates qfs.swing.checkbox.selectWithCoordinates qfs.swing.checkbox.setWithCoordinates qfs.swing.general.clickAtComponentWithDetails qfs.swing.general.doClickWithDetails qfs.swing.general.waitForComponent qfs.swing.general.waitForComponentForAbsence qfs.swing.list.clickItemWithDetails qfs.swing.menu.selectItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.menu.selectSubItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.menu.setCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.menu.setSubCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.menu.selectMenuItemInHierarchyWithCoordinates qfs.swing.menu.selectCheckMenuItemInHierarchyWithCoordinates qfs.swing.popupmenu.clickItemWithDetails qfs.swing.popupmenu.selectSubItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.popupmenu.setCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.popupmenu.setSubCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swing.radiobutton.selectWithCoordinates qfs.swing.table.checkbox.deselectWithCoordinates qfs.swing.table.checkbox.selectWithCoordinates qfs.swing.table.checkbox.setWithCoordinates qfs.swing.table.clickCellWithDetails qfs.swing.tree.clickNodeWithDetails qfs.swing.tree.collapseWithCoordinates qfs.swing.tree.collapseNodeWithCoordinates qfs.swing.tree.expandWithCoordinates qfs.swing.tree.expandNodeWithCoordinates qfs.swing.tree.expandNodesWithCoordinates * Various new procedures for interacting with SWT components: qfs.swt.checkbox.deselectWithCoordinates qfs.swt.checkbox.selectWithCoordinates qfs.swt.checkbox.setWithCoordinates qfs.swt.general.clickAtComponentWithDetails qfs.swt.general.doClickWithDetails qfs.swt.general.waitForComponent qfs.swt.general.waitForComponentForAbsence qfs.swt.list.clickItemWithDetails qfs.swt.menu.selectItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.menu.selectSubItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.menu.setCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.menu.setSubCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.menu.selectMenuItemInHierarchyWithCoordinates qfs.swt.menu.selectCheckMenuItemInHierarchyWithCoordinates qfs.swt.popupmenu.clickItemWithDetails qfs.swt.popupmenu.selectSubItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.popupmenu.setCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.popupmenu.setSubCheckItemWithCoordinates qfs.swt.radiobutton.selectWithCoordinates qfs.swt.table.checkbox.deselectWithCoordinates qfs.swt.table.checkbox.selectWithCoordinates qfs.swt.table.checkbox.setWithCoordinates qfs.swt.table.clickCellWithDetails qfs.swt.tree.clickNodeWithDetails qfs.swt.tree.collapseWithCoordinates qfs.swt.tree.collapseNodeWithCoordinates qfs.swt.tree.expandWithCoordinates qfs.swt.tree.expandNodeWithCoordinates qfs.swt.tree.expandNodesWithCoordinates * Various new procedures for interacting with web components: qfs.web.checkbox.deselectWithCoordinates qfs.web.checkbox.selectWithCoordinates qfs.web.checkbox.setWithCoordinates qfs.web.general.clickAtComponentWithDetails qfs.web.general.doClickWithDetails qfs.web.general.waitForComponent qfs.web.general.waitForComponentForAbsence qfs.web.list.clickItemWithDetails qfs.web.radiobutton.selectWithCoordinates qfs.web.table.clickCellWithDetails Software that is no longer supported: ------------------------------------- QFS is taking pains to support even very old software. QF-Test still runs, for example, under Windows XP or with an SUT based on Java 1.5 or 1.6 but for systems that are no longer supported by their own vendors we cannot provide full support. Libraries that are required for the Firefox and Eclipse/SWT versions listed below are no longer part of the default installation of QF-Test. The majority is still being maintained, albeit with limited testing. If you need support for such a system, please get in touch with QFS via <support@?.de>. Official support has been dropped for Java 1.5, Internet Explorer 7 and older, Firefox 25 and older (except Firefox 24 ESR) as well as Eclipse/SWT 3.7 and older. -- Gregor Schmid E: gregor.schmid@?.de T: +49 (0)8171 38648-11 F: +49 (0)8171 38648-16 Quality First Software GmbH | www.qfs.de Tulpenstr. 41 | 82538 Geretsried | Germany GF Gregor Schmid, Karlheinz Kellerer HRB München 140833