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[QF-Test] QF-Test Medium Upgrade 4.5.0 released

  • Subject: [QF-Test] QF-Test Medium Upgrade 4.5.0 released
  • From: Gregor Schmid <Gregor.Schmid@?.de>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:36:10 +0100
  • Delivered-to: qftest-list@?.net

Dear QF-Test users,

Dear QF-Test users and interested parties,

QF-Test 4.5.0 is now available for download from

Highlights of this medium upgrade include testing of Electron
applications, support for Java 12, configuration of mobile browser
emulation directly in the Quickstart Wizard and Eclipse/SWT
applications without instrumentation.

The following video gives a brief overview over the main new features:

Please see below for detailed release notes and changes that can
affect test execution.

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 Release Notes for QF-Test 4.5.0

New Features

* Via its web engine QF-Test now supports testing of Electron

* The Quickstart Wizard has been extended to create setup sequences
  for Mobile Browser Emulation and the selection of supported mobile
  devices has been updated and extended.

* Eclipse/SWT applications no longer require instrumentation of the
  SWT plugin (except for older SWT versions on Linux) which also
  greatly simplifies testing of WebStart based or other non-standard
  SWT applications. See the option "Connect without SWT
  instrumentation" for further information.

* Testing of Java 12 based SUTs is now supported.

* Performance has been improved in several areas including startup of
  QF-Test itself and of web browsers, Jython initialization, resolvers
  and event replay and synchronization, the latter especially for web.
  The impact varies between barely noticeable and almost twice as fast
  depending on available CPUs and application details of the SUT.

* Images and screenshots in test-suites and run-logs are compressed
  more effectively using the WebP format. To ease the transition
  QF-Test 4.4 already supports reading respective files. This version
  makes WebP the default, configurable via the option "Compress images
  in run logs and test suites". Simply loading and saving a test-suite
  does not change the format of embedded images so as not create too
  much noise in versioning systems. However, test-suites can be
  transformed via a QF-Test batch call with the command line argument

* The ability to bring windows of the SUT to the foreground as needed
  and set the input focus is crucial for automated testing. On Windows
  QF-Test now uses a new, very reliable method to bring a window on
  top if the option "Force window to the top when raising" is not

* New entries were added to the context menu for test-suite tabs in
  the QF-Test workbench view: »Copy file path to clipboard« and »Show
  in explorer/finder/file manager«.

* For processes started from QF-Test it is now possible to access
  output to the standard output and standard error streams
  individually via ${client.stdout.<name>} and
  ${client.stderr.<name>}. Combined output remains available via

* Mutual conversion operations between 'Start process' and 'Execute
  shell command' have been added to the context menu for tree nodes.
  These are especially useful because they take care of the conversion
  between the table with individual arguments and quoted arguments in
  a single command line.

* The new procedure qfs.shellutils.exec in the standard library
  qfs.qft is a convenient shortcut for running a command, waiting for
  it to finish and storing the output in a variable.

* The embedded Selenium WebDriver framework was updated to version
  3.141.59, ChromeDriver to version 2.46 (with support up to Chrome
  version 73) and GeckoDriver to version 0.24.0 (for Firefox 60esr and
  higher, currently up to version 65).

* The procedure in the standard library
  qfs.qft now supports SMTP over SSL.

* It is now possible to fetch the whole text of a PDF page via a
  'Fetch text' node.

Bugs Fixed

* The context help menu item »What's this?« now works again for the
  'Start web engine' node and its attributes.

* In Firefox an unexpected dialog could lead to a
  NoAlertPresentException. This has been fixed for Firefox 63 and up -
  older Firefox versions ignore the respective WebDriver setting.

* In QF-Test version 4.4.2 on Linux systems automatically setting the
  input focus was broken for Eclipse/SWT applications running in GTK2

* The rc.checkEqual method now works correctly again when comparing
  numbers of a different kind, e.g. integers, doubles and BigDecimals.

* The procedure qfs.utils.xml.compareXMLFiles in the standard library
  qfs.qft might have missed differences in attributes.

* The 'enabled' check for a JavaFX MenuItem now correctly identifies
  the disabled state.

* When switching from a browser to another application in check mode,
  the check highlight did not disappear reliably.

* QF-Test no longer implicitly sets the environment variable
  MOZ_NO_REMOTE=1 which causes Firefox to always start a new browser
  process instead of opening a new tab in an existing one. This legacy
  setting was formerly used for testing applets.

 Changes that can affect test execution

* Setup sequences for web applications created with the Quickstart
  Wizard include a call to the procedure
  qfs.web.ajax.installCustomWebResolver which tries to detect the AJAX
  framework in use and install a matching resolver. If no pre-built
  resolver matches, a minimal generic resolver is installed for which
  the default settings were changed in QF-Test 4.5 so that DIV and
  SPAN nodes are now ignored and removed from the component hierarchy.
  This change does not affect any existing setup sequences but should
  be kept in mind in case the Quickstart Wizard is used to create a
  new setup sequence for a web application with existing tests. In
  such a case, simply set the parameter ignoreTags back to the empty
  value in the generated installCustomWebResolver procedure call.

* On Linux systems Eclipse/SWT applications with SWT versions 4.3
  through 4.9 can be run either in GTK2 or GTK3 mode. In QF-Test
  version 4.3 support was added for GTK3 with SWT versions 4.6 and
  higher. Until now, however, startup sequences created by the
  Quickstart Wizard used to include a sequence that sets the
  environment variable SWT_GTK3 to 0 which causes all SWT versions
  that support GTK2 to fall back to that version.

* Starting with QF-Test 4.5 this environment variable setting is
  ignored. It has been replaced with the public option "Preferred GTK
  version for SWT (Linux only)" which can be set to "2" or "3" or left
  empty to use the default for the respective SWT version.

  Unfortunately SWT with GTK2 has become unstable on newer Linux
  systems and can crash under heavy load which is not uncommon when
  driven by QF-Test at full speed. A fix for this is to turn on XSync,
  an option specific to X11 that causes X11 events to be synchronized.
  This can have a performance impact however, so if you need to run
  your SWT application with GTK2 and it has been running stably so far
  you can deactivate the option "Activate XSync for SWT with GTK2
  (Linux only)".

* The connection between QF-Test and the SUT is now established via
  the loopback interface (localhost) by default. In the rare case that
  QF-Test needs to control an SUT on another host the command line
  argument -serverhost <host> can be used.

Gregor Schmid

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T: +49 8171 38648-11
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