(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication oo) Pub. No.: US 2011/0035629 Al
Noller et al. (43) Pub. Date: Feb. 10,2011
(54) AUTOMATED SOFTWARE TESTING FRAMEWORK
(76) Inventors: Jesse A. Noller, Hudson, MA (US);
Robert S. Mason, JR., Uxbridge,
LAW OFFICE OF DAVID H. JUDSON
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(21) Appl.No.: 12/753,924
(22) Filed: Apr. 5, 2010
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation of application No. 11/299,572, filed on Dec. 12, 2005, now Pat. No. 7,694,181.
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 714/38.14; 714/38.1; 714/E11.212
A generic testing framework to automatically allocate, install and verify a given version of a system under test, to exercise the system against a series of tests in a "hands-off' objective manner, and then to export information about the tests to one or more developer repositories (such as a query-able database, an email list, a developer web server, a source code version control system, a defect tracking system, or the like). The framework does not "care" or concern itself with the particular implementation language of the test as long as the test can issue directives via a command line or configuration file. During the automated testing of a given test suite having multiple tests, and after a particular test is run, the framework preferably generates an "image" of the system under test and makes that information available to developers, even while additional tests in the suite are being carried out. In this manner, the framework preserves the system "state" to facilitate concurrent or after-the-fact debugging. The framework also will re-install and verify a given version of the system between tests, which may be necessary in the event a given test is destructive or otherwise places the system in an unacceptable condition.