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GUI test tool gains modeling perspective

Nov 14, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Bredex GmbH announced a new version of its Linux-compatible GUIdancer automated GUI test-tool. Version 3.0 of the Eclipse-derived GUIdancer adds a new modeling perspective for model-based testing, plus an observation mode for creating reusable keywords from a running application, says the company.

GUIdancer was first released in December 2005, with the aim of letting users with no programming skills create and maintain software quality tests. Tests are specified using interactive menus, and specification can begin before availability of the AUT (application under test), the company says.

Bredex announced version 2.0 of GUIdancer last December, adding support for the testing of Java (Swing, SWT/RCP) and “HTML applications,” as well as adding a “reusable projects” feature. Version 3.0 now offers features that extend its testing capabilities to both earlier and later in a project, says Bredex.

The modeling perspective, for example, makes it easier for developers to do early testing, letting testers plan a test structure by developing a model. GUIdancer then automatically transforms the model into GUIdancer test cases, according to the company.

The observation mode feature, meanwhile, supports late-stage testing when an application is already available. Although no AUT is required to specify GUIdancer tests, says the company, the observation mode enables testers to create keywords using the running application.

Stated Hans-J. Brede, Managing Director, Bredex, “Regardless of where you are in the test process, GUIdancer lets you start with test automation quickly and efficiently, using whatever resources you have available.”


GUIdancer 3.0 should ship in the first quarter of 2009, says Bredex. More information may be found Eclipse Summit Europe in Ludwigsburg, Germany on Nov. 19-21, at stand 29.

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