Using digital recording/playback of the screen video in conjunction and synchronized with automated test script recording/playback
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-22
Disclosed is a system of using digital recording/playback of the screen video in conjunction and synchronized with automated test script recording/playback
Using digital recording/playback of the screen video in conjunction and synchronized with automated test script recording /playback
A functional test automation tool like the IBM Rational Robot or the IBM Rational Functional Tester uses code (script) to define user actions on the application-under-test and later play them back automatically repeating user actions. Due to the long time it often takes to playback the script the user is often not present during the playback.
To help users examine what happened during playback this kind of functional test automation tool creates a playback log. The log lists results of the verifications and actions that failed to execute.
A user examining the log can not always understand what really happened at the screen during a particular point in the playback and why the failure happened.
The core of the invention is to use digital video recording of the screen during the playback and to have the recording synchronized with the entries in the log. This solution gives the user the ability to visually review the part of the playback that is in question without the wait associated with replaying the functional test automation tool script.
This technique is significantly easier then restarting script playback over and waiting for a potentially long period of time for the problem to happen again. There is also a possibility that the problem is intermittent. This technique assures visual replay of the problem even if the problem is in...