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Original Software's TestWEB offers new browser testing capabilities to IBM DB2, SQL Server and Oracl

Original Software's TestWEB offers new browser testing capabilities to IBM DB2, SQL Server and Oracle users


Original Software, a leading provider of software testing solutions for the IBM iSeries, has released version 2.0 of its cross-platform Web testing solution TestWEB. The new version introduces better object property recognition, enhanced screen error recognition and faster record and playback technology -– designed to make the process of browser screen capture and analysis faster and more detailed than ever before.

Corporate web site development continues to be driven by the pressure to deliver business advantage at the earliest opportunity. This usually means more functionality, which in turn increases a site's technical complexity. But all too often, stretched development resources reduce 'Web testing' to no more than stress testing of Web-enabled applications, rather than the detailed and aggressive functional testing that is required. This puts system quality and stability at great risk of failure -- and in front of a company's largest and least forgiving audience. TestWEB has been conceived and developed to deliver powerful yet easy-to-use Web application testing, to encourage businesses to take Web testing more seriously, to make better use of the available testing resources and to limit corporate risk and exposure dramatically.

TestWEB is unique in its ability to work on a number of levels, from 'traditional' stand-alone PC-based browser testing, to complete testing of back-end server activity on the IBM iSeries. TestWEB is also compatible with IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and Access databases: this enables central storage of test scripts, data documentation and results on these platforms, making testing resources much more widely available.

Version 2.0 of TestWEB introduces a range of improvements to test process efficiency. Some of the highlights are:

  • the use of 'single-thread' technology during script recording to make the process of Web page analysis significantly faster
  • BusySense technology to make playback much quicker and smoother, by enabling TestWEB to detect automatically when page loads have finished – including any pop-up windows that are launched
  • capture and display of *all* properties of objects or components on a Web page
  • and use of this information for enhanced screen error detection, so that objects on a Web page that have changed between script runs can be picked up and highlighted

All screen information is displayed in a new interface that combines content, properties and input reports with a graphic representation of the page.

In its most powerful configuration, on the IBM iSeries, TestWEB integrates with TestBench for iSeries, Original Software's flagship testing suite. The TestBench interface means that all iSeries server activity associated with a web application is captured and analyzed. This includes server process tracking, data protection and script storage, as well as tracking and analysis of all related database activity. This configuration makes TestWEB the only Web testing model to provide true end-to-end testing of complete e-business applications.

"The new release of TestWEB strengthens our competitive advantage over other Web testing solutions," comments George Wilson, VP, Operations for Original Software. "TestWEB is unique in terms of ability to both analyze objects and components at the visual layer and look 'beneath the covers' of a Web-enabled application."

TestWEB also integrates with Original's TestPLAN module, which combines test planning and management facilities with the ability to launch test scripts and view test results.

TestWEB version 2.0 is available immediately from Original Software. Pricing is based on a concurrent user model.

About TestWEB
TestWEB provides record, playback and verification for web browser applications. In isolation the product is effective on any platform, although it is much more powerful when used in conjunction with IBM DB2, SQL Server and Oracle databases, and in particular with the IBM iSeries server. In TestWEB, the underlying intentions of the script are analyzed and the script executed by communicating directly with the Web page elements rather than imitating mouse clicks and key presses. All record and playback is carried out in the background to enable other tasks to be performed.

TestWEB has a 'sister' product in TestGUI, Original Software's GUI application testing solution.

About TestBench for iSeries – IBM iSeries only
The TestBench suite, with which TestWEB has complete integration, also supports intelligent data extraction, automated test case preparation, establishment of a library of reusable test cases, data protection, data rules definition, file compare, full reporting facilities and audit-ready reporting. Version 3.3 of TestBench is available immediately from Original Software.

About Original Software
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, The Original Software Group was founded in 1997 to develop, market and support a range of productivity solutions, initially for the IBM iSeries platform. The company has North American headquarters in Chicago, USA. Original Software sells direct worldwide but has also forged a number of distribution agreements in Europe, the Far East and North America. Burberry, DHL, Circuit City Stores, Amway, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Gucci and Sony are among the international companies to benefit from Original Software's approach to iSeries software testing. Original Software is an IBM Developer Business Partner. Test us out now at

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