September 2013 Monthly Meeting Summary
Web Services Test Automation - Roundtable discussion facilitated by Jim Moore (Metron Aviation Inc.) and Rick Hower (DMG, Inc.)
We started with an overview of various types of web services and then discussed test automation strategies, tools, and experiences. Discussion topics included:
- Evolution of the term 'web services' in recent years
- Overview of RESTful web services
- Test automation patterns for SOAP/WSDL/XML type web services and tools such as SOATest, SOAPUI, HPUFT, etc.
- Test automation patterns for RESTful web services and associated test/automation tools
Took place on: Wed. September 18 2013 6:30 PM
- We began with a general discussion of web services and it was found that there were varying opinions and levels of understanding as to the meaning of 'web services',
and how the meaning has evolved.
Although a number of attendees had experience with SOAP/WSDL type web services test automation, fewer had experience with RESTful web services test automation
- LoadUI was suggested as a free test tool associated with SoapUI
- JMeter - it was mentioned that a free plugin was available for REST functional/load testing
- During discussion it was noted that SOAP/WSDL services were oriented to object transfer while RESTful services were oriented to
anything including images, html, XML, etc
- The automation tool Fiddler was mentioned as being 'RESTClient on steroids'. RESTClient is a Java application to test RESTful web services.
- There was much discussion of the issue of discoverability for SOAP/WSDL services vs RESTful services
- There were some opinions expressed regarding the tendency to be less aware of security issues in the implementation of RESTful web services
than in the implementation of SOAP/WSDL types of web services.
A link to a pdf file of the presentation is provided here (1.5 MB file size).
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