Flex applications testing process

The testing process is based on the tasks that Flex developers and testers perform. The process for automating functional tests of Flex applications differs, depending on the way developers create the application under test.

Automated testing of Flex applications requires you to load supporting files. These supporting files can be loaded in two different stages:
  • At compile time for applications that are enabled for functional testing
  • At run time for applications that are not enabled for functional testing

Prerequisites

To test Flex applications, be sure the following software is installed:

Development environment
  • Adobe Flex SDK and Adobe Flex automation framework
  • Adobe Flex Builder
Test environment
  • One of the following browsers:
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer
    • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player ActiveX control

Assumptions

The following assumptions apply for the testing of Flex applications:
  • Testers are not skilled in developing Flex applications.
  • Testers cannot access Flex source code, the Flex compiler, or Flex documentation.
  • Flex developers do not know how to use HCL OneTest™ UI.

Testing Flex applications

The tasks that you perform in testing Flex applications depend on the application and whether you are a developer or a tester.

You can test applications that are enabled for HCL OneTest UI or test applications that are not enabled for HCL OneTest UI.

Testing HCL OneTest UI enabled Flex applications

Developers can enable the Flex applications for testing by compiling the Flex application with HCL OneTest UI agent (rft.swc for Flex 2.0, rftFlex3.0.swc and rftProp_Flex3.0.swc for Flex 3.0, Flex 3.2, Flex 3.3, Flex 3.4 or Flex 3.5, rftFlex4.0.swc and rftProp_Flex4.0.swc for Flex 4.0 or Flex 4.1) and Flex automation framework libraries. After compilation, the developer must create an HTML wrapper that embeds the enabled Flex application and provide the application on a web server or on a local test computer for testing.

Advantages and limitations of testing HCL OneTest UI enabled Flex applications

Three advantages encourage enabling Flex applications for functional testing:
  • Efficiency: Multiple enabled Flex applications can be embedded in a single HTML page and can be tested simultaneously.
  • Ease: Testing is simplified when different Flex applications communicate with each other. All the related enabled Flex applications can be embedded in a single page and can be tested based on a single scenario.
  • Location: Enabled Flex applications can be tested locally.

One limitation in testing enabled Flex applications is that only the developer can enable the Flex application for testing.

Testing nonenabled Flex applications

Developers can enable the runtime loader component for Flex applications and deploy the application on a web server for testing.

Advantages and limitations of testing non-enabled Flex applications

The advantages of testing Flex applications that are not enabled for functional testing:
  • Ease: Testers benefit because many technical complexities are hidden.
  • Efficiency: Load and test multiple SWF files.
Review the following limitations regarding nonenabled Flex applications:
  • Deployment option: The Flex application can be deployed in a test or production environment.
  • Location: The runtime loader cannot be run locally; you must deploy the runtime loader to a web server.