A look at SQA's Web tool
Version 6.1 of Rational Software's SQA Suite now includes SQA SiteCheck for Web-site
management. Rational has also upgraded the suite's other components -- SQA Robot, SQA Manager and SQA LoadTest
-- by adding features designed to make load tests of Web applications easier and more effective.
SQA Suite 6.1
Rational Software Corp.
SiteCheck is a good tool for managing large Web sites. After loading the program, I turned it loose on a Web site
I manage -- Quality Online (http://www.qualitymag.com
). The first thing SiteCheck
does is to create a site map by downloading the Web site's home page and analyzing the links on the page. It then
goes to those linked pages and repeats the process. After mapping all of the linked files, SiteCheck then attempts
to verify external links. This may take a while -- it took more than a half-hour to map the Quality Online site.
This latest version of SQA Robot also records GUI tests for client/server applications and tests that generate
HTTP requests from a Web browser. SQA Robot records the HTTP requests and converts them into SQABasic commands
for replay later when running a test. Moreover, a feature Rational calls "DataSmart Recording" recognizes
user input, and at the end of a recording session asks if you would like to generate variable data instead of simply
what the recorder typed. This allows an application to be tested with data that more accurately represents that
|SiteCheck's page view displays all of the links on a particular page and all of the links to
that page. Icons denote whether the link is internal or external, and whether or not the link is broken.
Robot also allows you to define what Rational calls virtual users. A virtual user is one instance of a test procedure
running on a PC, and it simulates one user running an application on a Web server. The new version of Robot runs
multiple virtual users from a single, virtual user test procedure; virtual users can also run simultaneously on
a single test station. By running varying numbers of virtual users, you can measure the response time of your Web
application under varying loads. You can also synchronize the virtual users.
Once a test is complete, you can use any of LoadTest's 25 pre-defined reports or build custom reports to meet
your needs. Some of the more useful reports for Web developers include application performance, Web-server performance
and error reports. The application performance report charts the amount of data received per time interval or the
amount of data received per test run. The Web-server report shows the number of hits a Web server received during
a test run.
WORTH A LOOK
SiteCheck and LoadTest both support the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL is frequently used in electronic-commerce
applications to provide security when sensitive information, such as credit-card numbers, is exchanged over the
'Net. With its support of SSL, and all of the other features Rational has added to support Web application testing,
SQA Suite 6.1 is certainly worth a look.
SQA Suite:LoadTest Edition 6.1 is priced at $9,995, and includes SQA SiteCheck, SQA LoadTest, SQA Robot and
SQA Manager. SQA Suite:TeamTest Edition 6.1 is available for $3,295, and includes SQA SiteCheck, SQA Robot and
SQA Manager. The software is available at no charge to SQA Suite 6.0 maintenance customers. SQA SiteCheck is available
separately for $495. All products are available immediately.