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QF-Test provides two different kinds of nodes loops:

  • 'Loop' nodes execute their child nodes for a certain number of times. However, you can leave the loop any time using a 'Break' node.
  • 'While' nodes execute their child nodes until a certain condition becomes false. Again, you can leave it any time using a 'Break' node.

Note 'Loop' nodes will always stop after the given number of times. In the case of 'While' nodes, however, you need to make sure that the condition will become false at some point. Otherwise you would have an infinite loop. In interactive mode you can always stop execution by hitting the pause button Continue. In batch mode you would have to kill the QF-Test process. (You start QF-Test in batch mode using the command line parameter -batch. Then QF-Test does not start its UI and just executes the given test suite.)

In the following exercise we want to implement a test case checking whether a certain row is displayed in the table of the CarConfig application.

The actions of the test case will be:

  • Determine the number of rows the table has.
  • Loop over all rows and check if it is the row we are looking for.
  • Break the loop when a match was found.
  • Write an error to the run log if the row was not found.

Please start with recording a check on the row of interest:

  • ActionActivate the check recording mode by clicking the toolbar button Record a check
  • Right-click a row in the CarConfig application and select the menu item »Row« from the popup menu.
  • Stop the recording by pressing Stop.
  • Change the name of the recorded sequence to e.g. 'Check row'
  • Turn the recorded sequence into a test case by right-clicking it and selecting the submenu item »Transform node into«-»Test case« from the popup menu.
Figure 17.4:  Transform a node into another one

In general, QF-Test lets you add nodes very efficiently by packing one node into another one:

  • Action Open the test case node and pack the recorded 'Check' node into a loop by right-clicking it and selecting the submenu item »Pack nodes«-»Loop« from the popup menu.
Figure 17.5:  Pack a node into another one

QF-Test evaluates dynamically which nodes may be packed into one another and only presents the appropriate ones. So, in case you do not find the 'Loop' submenu item make sure you have right-clicked the correct node. The same holds true for the 'Transform node into' and 'Insert node' methods.

In the next series of actions we want to set the value for the 'Number of iterations' attribute of the 'Loop' node. In order to do so we need to find out how many rows the table has. There is no simple node that you could use. However, in the last chapter we learned that the standard library provides a lot of extended functionality. So let's insert the procedure getRowCount from the package qfs.web.table in the standard library.

  • ActionSelect the 'Test case' node and press [Ctrl-A]
  • Press the 'Select procedure' button Procedure selection left to 'Procedure name'.
  • Click the tab 'qfs.qft' in the 'Select procedure' dialog.
  • Navigate to 'getRowCount' in the package 'qfs.web.table'
  • Click 'OK' to select it.
  • Click 'OK' in the 'Procedure call' dialog.

Adding a procedure via [Ctrl-A] was described in Manual creation of procedures. If you would like to check with the screenshots please have a look there.

  • ActionEnter the variable name rows in the 'Variable for return value' attribute.
  • Change the default value for the id in the variable definitions table to the QF-Test component ID of the table, i.e. VehicleTable.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Select the Loop node.
  • Enter a reference to the variable $(rows) in the 'Number of iterations' attribute of the 'Loop' node.
  • Enter the name of an iteration counter, e.g. i in the respective attribute of the 'Loop' node.
  • Click the OK button.
Figure 17.6:  Details of a 'Loop' node

In the next series of actions we will change the recorded row index to the iteration counter and add a variable for the result to the details of the 'Check' node. Then we will add an 'If' node after the 'Check' node evaluating the result, with a 'Break' node within to quit the loop when the row was found.

  • ActionOpen the 'Loop' node.
  • Select the 'Check' node.
  • Change the recorded row index of the QF-Test component ID to the iteration counter $(i). The QF-Test component ID should now read VehicleTable@Model&$(i)
  • Enter the variable name checkSucceeded in the 'Variable for result' attribute and click the OK button.
  • Right-click the 'Check' node and the submenu item »Insert node «-»Control structures«-»Break« from the popup menu.
  • Click 'OK' in the 'Break' dialog.
  • Pack the 'Break' node into an 'If' node by pressing [Ctrl-Shift-I] (Of course you can also pack it via the menu).
  • Type $(checkSucceeded) in the 'Condition' attribute of the 'If' node and click the OK button.

The variable checkSucceeded will be set to either true or false by the 'Check' node so that the reference to the variable $(checkSucceeded) is all we need to enter in the 'Condition' attribute of the 'If' node.

In the next series of actions let's add an 'Else' node as the last node in the 'Loop' node. It will only be entered if all repetitions of the loop were executed, which in our case means that the row was not found and the check never became true.

  • ActionCollapse the 'If' node if it is open. This is important because otherwise the 'Else' node would belong to the 'If' node and not to the 'Loop' node.
  • Right-click the 'If' node and select the submenu item »Insert node «-»Control structures«-»Else«.
  • Click 'OK' in the 'Else' dialog.
  • Open the 'Else' node.
  • From the standard library insert the procedure logError contained in the package qfs.run-log as described above.
  • Type Row not found in the value field of message in the 'Variable definitions' table.
  • Change the value of withScreenshots in the 'Variable definitions' table from falseto true.
  • Click 'OK' in the 'Break' dialog.

When you run tests in batch mode screenshots are a great help for analyzing errors. On the other hand a great number of screenshots lead to a big log-file. This is why the default value for withScreenshots is false.

Last, let's complete the test case with 'Setup' and 'Cleanup' nodes and move it into the top part of the test suite.

  • ActionCopy the 'Setup' and 'Cleanup' nodes of 'Test set: Simple Tests' into the new test case as the first and last node.
  • Move the test case from the 'Extras' section into the top section of the test suite after the 'Test set: Simple Tests' node.

This is what the new test case would look like:

Figure 17.7:  The new test case
  • ActionExecute the new test case.

It should run without error.

  • ActionThen modify a value in the details of the 'Check items' node, e.g. change the name of the car to Wrong value.
Figure 17.8:  Details of the 'Check items' node
  • ActionExecute the new test case again.

This time the 'Else' node should be entered and you should get an error message.