Parasoft Unveils SOAtest 5.0
February 6, 2007 Alex Woodie
Testing automation software developer Parasoft recently unveiled SOAtest version 5.0, a suite of tools for ensuring that applications delivered using service oriented architecture (SOA) technology are secure, reliable, and compliant. The new version is easier to use and spots problems faster than previous versions, the company says.
SOAtest is a collection of test and analysis tools designed to help users and developers ensure new SOA applications are ready to do real work in the enterprise. The software performs Web Services Description Language (WSDL) validation, schema validation, functional testing of the client, functional testing of the server, performance testing, and the ability to graphically model and test complex, multi-layered transaction scenarios and use cases over multiple protocols, according to the vendor.
With version 5.0, Parasoft has adapted SOAtest to work with its JTest tool for testing Java classes, a test procedure Parasoft refers to as a JUnit. “Parasoft SOAtest 5.0 now allows users to drive a series of test scenarios, which can then be converted to JUnit tests which directly correlate message layer tests to source code,” says Wayne Ariola, vice president of strategy and corporate development. “This significantly improves error diagnosis and remediation, and facilitates collaboration between QA and development.”
SOAtest already has some fans, including developers at Internet giant AOL. “As we evolved from the initial phase of our SOA implementation to more complex scenarios, the power of Parasoft SOAtest really became evident,” says Taranath Kantharajapur, principal QA engineer at AOL. “Parasoft SOAtest is way ahead of the game in providing a framework to test a complex SOA Web services environment in a fast, effortless, and intuitive way.”
SOAtest runs on Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms, but can test Web services generated from any platform, including OS/400 servers. The software is available in two editions, including the Professional Edition, which includes client and server functional testing and regression testing; and the Enterprise Edition, which adds server-mode load testing simulating 100 virtual users across multiple machines. Customers can also purchase add-ons that simulate common Internet attacks, such as parameter fuzzing tests or XML bomb tests, as well as additional virtual users. For more information, visit www.parasoft.com.