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Setting up a Test-suite

The top-level nodes of the test-suite define its basic structure:

  • Right after the "Test-suite" node an arbitrary number of "Test-set" and "Test-case" nodes may be added specifying the functional tests.
  • "Procedures" contains reusable sequences (procedures) that can be organized into packages.
  • "Extras" is the scratch pad for recording and experimentation.
  • "Windows and components" contains the all-important elements of the test-suite: registered elements of the SUT , e.g. windows, menus and buttons. The details of each element in the "Windows and components" section contains the properties of the recorded UI element required by QF-Test to find the component when replaying a test.

Functional test-cases are represented by "Test-case" nodes and can be grouped and structured with the help of "Test-set" nodes.

"Setup" and "Cleanup" nodes are intended for test-steps ensuring a well-defined state before and after a test-case.

  • ActionLet's start by renaming the top-level test-set node from "unnamed" to "Demo Tests".
  • If a dialog pops up asking us whether to update references we can simply confirm with "Yes".
  • The second step is to move the "Setup" node generated by the Quickstart Wizard from the "Extras" node into the "Test-set" node - right before the "Test-case" node. Moving the "Setup" node can be done via mouse (Drag&Drop), context-menu (right mouse-button copy/paste) or by [Ctrl-X] and [Ctrl-V] keyboard commands.
Figure 11.11:  Start organizing the Test-suite

The next step is to make a test-case of the two sequences previously recorded.

  • ActionPlease rename the test-case node from "unnamed" to "First".
  • Open the test-case node by clicking the '+' symbol.
  • Move the two sequences from "Extras" into the test-case.

You need to open the test-case node because otherwise QF-Test would try to place the sequence nodes after the test-case node on the same level, which is not a valid option.

QF-Test always records sequence nodes. They have the same functionality as test-step nodes, only they do not show up in the report. So, just to show you, we will transform the two sequence nodes into test-step nodes.

  • ActionPlease open the context menu for the first of the two sequence nodes by a right-click.
  • Choose »Transform node into...«-»Test-step«
  • Repeat this for the second sequence node.

Your test-suite should now look like this:

Figure 11.12:  The Organization of your Test-suite

Now you've completed the most important steps of structuring a test-suite.