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[QF-Test] QF-Test Major Upgrade 6.0 released

  • Subject: [QF-Test] QF-Test Major Upgrade 6.0 released
  • From: Gregor.Schmid@?.de
  • Date: Tue, 17 May 2022 16:52:57 +0200
  • Delivered-to: qftest-list@?.de

Dear QF-Test users,

QF-Test version 6.0.0 is now available for download from

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 1. QF-Test Major Release 6.0 with Android, SmartIDs and much more

It's done. QF-Test 6.0 is finally ready for release.

The main headline is support for testing Android applications. The
familiar features and concepts of QF-Test can be applied to creating
tests for Android applications on virtual and real devices with ease
and efficiency.

At least as relevant is the new concept of SmartIDs, which are an
alternative way of addressing components. SmartIDs encapsulate
relevant information directly in the component ID so that component
nodes become optional. The idea is to keep simple things simple and
use the full range of information in component nodes only for the
tricky cases. This paradigm shift is still under development and
deserves its own major release, but in response to the enthusiastic
customer feedback on the existing functionality and stability we are
making it available now in the form of a - fully supported - preview

The SmartID concept has also paved the way for integration of QF-Test
with Robot Framework, letting fans of Robot Framework implement their
keywords via QF-Test procedures. The tool integration carried out with
a pilot customer will be presented at the RoboCon conference (May
19-20, 2022).

Among the many other improvements, the following stand out: You can
now run QF-Test itself with Java 17 for vastly improved display on
scaled monitors, QF-Test reports have been revised with a more modern
look, screenshots for the run-log are taken of relevant screens only
and duration indicators assist in analyzing the time spent during
tests. Major version updates like the switch to Groovy 4 or support
for testing Java 19 become mere side-notes in the detailed release
notes in section 3 below or online.

Along with this release we created a 3-minute video to showcase the
biggest new features in QF-Test version 6.0:

 2. Better Together: User Groups for Talking About QF-Test

This is a topic which has been on our minds for some time. Recently, a
couple of customers got in touch with us asking for more in-depth
exchange with other users of QF-Test – especially with those working
with comparable applications and facing similar challenges.

Would you like to participate in some kind of user group? Get in touch
at service@?.de and let us know the types of applications you're
testing, for example ERP systems. A few people have already contacted
us with interest in the following topics:

 * SAP Testing

 * Testing Angular based Web applications
 * Java Swing

 * Electron

 * Cross-browser Tests

 * ERP systems

In Switzerland, the Swiss Meetup has been a regular event for over a
year now, focusing on the exchange of QF‑Test customers working
primarily in the Syrius environment.

 3. Release Notes for QF-Test Version 6.0

New features:

* The new Android engine adds support for testing Android applications
  in an emulator or a real device.

* Though the embedded JRE of QF-Test is still version 8 - currently at
  relase 8_332 - QF-Test can now also be started with Java 17 (see
  command line argument -java <executable>). This provides crisp
  display on scaled monitors and enables support for plugins that
  require newer Java versions.

* Support was added for testing applications based on Java 19.

* In order to reduce the chances of creating screenshots showing
  sensitive data during a test-run QF-Test now takes screenshots only
  from relevant monitors that show a window that belongs to QF-Test or
  a connected SUT. While this default setting is useful for personal
  workstations it may be preferable to turn it off for dedicated test
  systems via the new option "Limit screenshots to relevant screens".

* The HTML report has undergone a major overhaul. Readability is
  improved thanks to many subtle details with a more pleasant design
  and screenshots and error messages are shown as an overlay when
  clicked, including navigation between screenshots.

* Report creation can now also be triggered via a new toolbar button
  in the run-log window.

* In reports, the name of a test suite, which can be specified in the
  'Name' attribute of the root node, is now used in place of the file
  name of the test-suite. This can be configured in the report
  creation dialog or in batch mode via the new command line argument

* Display of duration indicators for a better understanding of the
  run-time behaviour of a test-run can be turned on for run-logs via a
  new toolbar button and the »View« menu. See manual subsection 7.1.3
  and the options "Show relative duration indicators" and "Duration
  indicator kind" for further information.

* Activating the new option "Create screenshots for warnings" causes
  screenshot creation for warnings in the run-log in addition to those
  for errors and exceptions.

* It is now possible to link nodes in a test-suite to external
  resources or documents via the @link doctag. Via a right-click the
  target can then be opened in a browser or the application associate
  with the file type.

* Groovy was updated to version 4.

* The new parameters warningDelay and errorDelay in the procedure
  qfs.utils.logMemory in the standard library qfs.qft are used to
  introduce a short delay in case the warningLimit or errorLimit are
  exceeded, followed by an additional garbage collection and another

* The performance and memory consumption of the qfs.qft procedure
  qfs.utils.xml.compareXMLFiles have been improved.

* Display and responsiveness of the highlights in check mode were
  significantly improved for CDP-Driver and WebDriver connection mode.

* The handling of WebComponents using ShadowDOMs and slots has been
  improved for testing web application in CDP-Driver or WebDriver
  connection mode (QF-Driver support is still pending): The shadow
  root node is now accessible as the only child of its host node and
  slotted nodes are referenced as children of their assigned slot

* Text retrieval with CDP-Driver connection mode has been greatly
  improved and the DOM hierarchy is now consistent with other
  connection modes.

* Performance of image checks in headless browsers has been improved.

* QF-Test now supports multiple parallel downloads in web-tests with
  CDP-Driver connection mode.

* The new procedure qfs.web.browser.settings.setDirectDownload in the
  standard library qfs.qft allows to download files directly into the
  directory provided, suppressing the download dialog. Currently for
  CDP-Driver connection mode only.

* The embedded Chrome browser used for QF-Driver mode has been updated
  to CEF version 100.

* Support for JxBrowser versions 7.23 and 7.24 was added.

* The bundled cdp4j library has been updated to version 5.5.0.

* The bundled GeckoDriver was updated to version 0.31.0.

* The method FrameNode.getFrameElement() was added to the pseudo-DOM
  API of QF-Test.

* Via the parameter consoleOutputValue in the procedures
  qfs.web.browser.settings.doStartupSettings and
  qfs.web.browser.settings.setTerminalLogs in the standard library
  qfs.qft it is now possible to also set the type of the terminal

* The embedded UI automation library has been updated to version

* On macOS the occasionally showing message dialogs about Safari
  browser automation are now handled automatically by QF-Test and no
  longer block test execution.

Preview features:

* The following features are not yet complete, but development has
  reached a point where they are already of great use and the released
  functionality can be relied upon without concerns about backwards

* SmartIDs enable a flexible, easy recognition of components directly
  from the 'QF-Test component ID' without recording component
  information first. Please see manual section 5.6 and 'Component'
  nodes versus SmartID for detailed information.

* Thanks to the new integration with Robot Framework, QF-Test
  procedures can be used as Robot Framework keywords. 

Bugs fixed:

* The mini-installer files for Windows - minisetup.exe and
  minisetup_admin.exe - can now be run in silent and very-silent mode,
  similar to the full installation.

* QF-Test might crash when replaying hard key events on macOS.

* When using split run-logs, the maximum number of screenshots for a
  run-log was not always respected, if the option "Count screenshots
  individually for each split log" was turned off.

* The procedure qfs.autowin.acrobat.saveAsText in the standard library
  qfs.qft now also works for Acrobat Reader version 22.1 and up.

* A call of rc.clearTestRunListeners() in a server script in batch
  mode broke the output resulting from the command line argument
  -verbose [<level>].

* Detection of the Chrome window for semihard clicks has been

* For current Opera versions in WebDriver connection mode QF-Test now
  supports automatic download of the required ChromeDriver version.

* The window of an electron application was inadvertently resized upon
  startup when tested with CDP-Driver connection mode.

* Popups were not recognized when testing an Electron application in
  CDP-Driver connection mode.

Changes that can affect test execution

* Support for testing Firefox using QF-Driver connection mode, which
  is limited to Firefox versions 43 and lower, has been deprecated for
  removal in a future QF-Test version. Please consider using current
  Firefox versions with WebDriver connection mode instead.

* Support for testing Internet Explorer, which has officially reached
  end-of-life, has been deprecated for removal in a future QF-Test

* Support for testing Opera using WebDriver connection mode has been
  deprecated for removal in a future QF-Test version. Please use
  CDP-Driver connection mode instead.

* When testing web applications in CDP-Driver or WebDriver connection
  mode, slottable nodes are no longer referenced as direct children of
  the WebComponent node, but as children of their assigned slot node.
  This is unlikely to break existing tests, but if it does, please
  contact QFS support.

* The way QF-Test internally addresses table columns in a Swing JTable
  was changed from model-based to view-based. This has no effect if
  table columns or cells are addressed with a textual index @... or
  %... or if the order of the columns in the table view and model is
  identical. In case a test based on numeric column indexes &... fails
  you can either update the column index or restore the previous
  functionality with an SUT script of the form
  rc.setOption(Options.OPT_SWING_TABLE_USE_VIEW_COLUMN, false).

* The internal API of the UI automation library has been reworked to
  simplify class names (e.g. "AutomationWindow" became "Window"). If
  you use the uiauto module directly in your scripts and reference
  class names directly, you may need to adapt the class names
  according to the supplied JavaDoc.

Gregor Schmid

E: gregor.schmid@?.de
T: +49 8171 38648-11
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