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Executing a software testplan

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014819D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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ABSTRACT A system is described that will execute a list of test descriptions, which we call a testplan. The test descriptions each individually consist of an environment specification and a task specification. (1) The environment specification is subdivided into items not specific to the product under test (eg. operating system type and version, thread library to use), and other items specific to the product under test but non-specific to the particular test (eg. the runtime configuration details). (2) The task specification describes the test apart from its environment (eg. test that the product conforms to its advertised behaviour on page 100 of the user manual). Each machine available for running test programs is recorded in a test machines database . A messaging system is implemented on a control machine . For each machine in the test machines database there is a queue in the messaging system.