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Policy Driven Testing for Platform as a Service (Paas) Facility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237323D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a new shared testing service that is e added to a Platform as a Service (Paas) facility to offer customers the necessary test resources in a virtual environment. With this system, customers create test scenarios using a policy-driven approach that uses terminology familiar to test team members; therefore, the team does not have to learn a new software product.

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Policy Driven Testing for Platform as a Service (Paas) Facility

Using a PaaS (Platform as a Service) facility is an ideal way for an organization to access inexpensive compute cycles for its development and test teams, but PaaS facilities lack comprehensive test environment support.

Systems customers need a comprehensive test environment within the same PaaS facility that a development team uses to develop products. A PaaS facility adds value for customers by providing easily accessible shared services (e.g., monitoring, elastic load balancing, session caching, etc.), which allow customers functionality without having to install and configure the services.

The novel system presented herein can be added to a PaaS facility to offer customers the necessary test resources in a virtual environment. With this system, customers create test scenarios using a policy-driven approach that uses terminology familiar to test team members; therefore, the team does not have to learn a new software product.

The new shared testing service uses the model of a policy-driven shared service. The policy-driven shared testing service includes the capabilities to attach to simulated virtual environments such as databases, message queues, and Web services that have

Application Protocol Interfaces (APIs) matching actual products. Using a virtual application pattern builder, developers can drag and drop virtual test environment widgets onto to the editor canvas to create virtual application patterns with the application being tested. The test scenarios are configured using a policy-driven approach that uses terminology familiar to test team members.

The new shared testing service provides the means to compile test case suites for an application under development using a visual programming approach. Each of the major components that the application under development needs to provide a complete solution is abstracted as a component on a palette (e.g., databases, message queues, credit card validation services, etc.). These abstract components are "wired" together with the application under development to create a test environment. When the test environment has been established, pol...