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Automated Testing of Application Programs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059862D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Robinette, RA Tavormina, VJ [+details]

Abstract

A set of Automated Program Test programs (APT) automates the testing of applications software which run on the IBM Personal Computer under IBM PC-DOS, version 2.0 or higher. When combined with a file maintenance tool and a full-screen processor, APT automates testing to the point where keystrokes for testing are pulled from a file, live code is executed, screen and printer output are saved and actual results are compared to expected results, producing an exception report. This eliminates a major portion of the manual test efforts which are traditionally a major cost to development projects. In operation, the user defines to APT what steps, or actions, must occur in the test through a menu screen which contains generic tasks that can be performed automatically.