IBM Rational Functional Tester overview


Overview

IBM Rational Functional Tester is an object-oriented automated testing tool that tests the following types of applications...

IBM Rational Functional Tester runs on Windows and Linux platforms.

You can record scripts that can be played back to validate new builds of a test application, or you can use either of the following scripting options...


IBM Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications

Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications supports functional testing of zSeries (Mainframe such as TN3270, TN3270E), iSeries (AS/400 such as TN5250) and pSeries (Virtual Terminals such as VT default, VT100, VT420-7, VT420-8, and VT UTF-8.

IBM Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications tool helps you create test scripts to automate the host application test cases. It provides a set of capabilities to test host attributes, host field attributes and screen flow. It uses terminal verification points and properties, as well as synchronization code to identify the readiness of terminal for user input.


IBM Rational Functional Tester Proxy SDK

The proxy SDK extends automated functional testing support for GUI test objects beyond what is provided by Functional Tester by default.


IBM Rational Functional Tester technology and features

The object-oriented recording technology in IBM Rational Functional Tester lets you generate scripts quickly by recording against the application-under-test. Rational Functional Tester uses object-oriented technology to identify controls or objects by their internal properties and not by screen coordinates. If the location or text of a control or the object changes, Rational Functional Tester can still find it during playback.

The object testing technology in Rational Functional Tester enables you to test any controls or object in the application-under-test, including the control properties and data.

In Rational Software Delivery Platform, you have the option to capture snapshots of the application controls while recording the simplified test script. The captured application visuals are displayed in the Application View. You can use the application visuals to modify the simplified scripts and insert or edit verification points without opening the test application.

While working with the Java scripting or .NET scripting, the test object maps are used and the application visuals are not available. When you record a script, Rational Functional Tester automatically creates a test object map for the application-under-test. The Functional Tester test object map lists the test objects available in the application, whether they are currently displayed or not. The object map provides a quick way to add objects to a script. Since the test object map contains recognition properties for each object, you can easily update the recognition information in one central location. Any scripts that use this test object map also share the updated information.

During recording you can insert verification points into the script to confirm the state of a control or an object across builds of the application-under-test. The verification point captures object information (based on the type of verification point) and stores it in a baseline data file. The information in this file becomes the baseline of the expected state of the object during subsequent builds. Functional Tester has an object properties verification point and five data verification points (menu hierarchy, table, text, tree hierarchy, and list). You can use the Verification Point Comparator to analyze differences across builds and update the baseline file.

Rational Functional Tester features platform-independent and browser-independent test playback. For example, you can record a script on Windows and play it back on Linux. You can record a script using Firefox or Internet Explorer. Because the script contains no references to the browser used during recording, you can play back the script using any of the supported versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer.


IBM Rational Functional Tester integrations

IBM Rational Functional Tester supports integration with...