Test Automation for Multi-Platform Client-Server Software

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This paper is based on our testing experience of two major releases (version 6 and version 7) of the multi-platform client/server software, SAS/SHARE product which is the database management system for SAS users. It describes our test automation strategy for version 6 and identifies the achievements and weaknesses of our approach and explains how we improve our test process.

The test process improvement effort for version 7 includes reduction of test automation level, use of macros that facilitate reproduction of defects in an interactive manner and extensive use of mega tests for early detection of defects as well as cross host and cross version tests.

This paper is based on our testing experience of two major releases (version 6 and version 7) of the multi-platform client/server software, SAS/SHARE product which is the database management system for SAS users. It describes our test automation strategy for version 6 and identifies the achievements and weaknesses of our approach and explains how we improve our test process.

The test process improvement effort for version 7 includes reduction of test automation level, use of macros that facilitate reproduction of defects in an interactive manner and extensive use of mega tests for early detection of defects as well as cross host and cross version tests.

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Heesun Park's picture Heesun Park

Heesun Park is currently the JSP application and Portal integration test project manager at SAS Institute. He received MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University and Ph.D in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. Twenty years' industry experience in Software Engineering includes systems engineer at IBM, networking software specialist at NAI and client/server software developer / tester and software manager at SAS Institute. Last four years, Heesun concentrated on J2EE and Java web application development and testing. Heesun has published papers on computer communications protocols, test automation for client/server software and software test process improvements.

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