Friday, April 25, 2008

New SOA Testing Tutorial Labs introduced at STAREAST 2008

STAREAST 2008 - the "Greatest Software Testing Conference On Earth" - is taking place May 5-9, 2009 is Orlando Florida. I had the pleasure of the first, day-long SOA Testing conference back in 2006 with the Crosscheck Networks' team. This year, the team will conduct their signature day-long tutorial: "The Art and Science of SOA Testing" with a set of hands-on Labs that cover topics such as:

  • SOA Functional Testing
  • Operation Chaining
  • SOA Identity Testing
  • SOA Performance Testing
  • SOA Interop Testing
  • Automation through external Data Sources
  • SOA Regression Testing

As the SOA Testing industry matures, this tutorial continue to align its material and labs to provide attendees a solid grounding in what aspects of SOA Testing are essential for a successful SOA deployment.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Crosscheck Networks Announces New Product: SOAPSimulator

Crosscheck Networks, the company that pioneered comprehensive SOA Testing through its product, SOAPSonar, has now launched a new "paradigm-shifting" product: SOAPSimulator that enables QA professionals and developers to start getting their work done even if the service endpoint is not ready or available.

For details on SOAPSimulator, see:

Make sure to download the white paper from the link above.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

SOA Testing using Parallels on MacBook Pro

I have finally moved over from XP to Mac and I am loving it. Now I do have a number of applications that I will probably not migrate away from - such as the MS Office Suite that I purchased for my MacBook Pro - it works like a charm and has a number of goodies that weren't available on my XP.

I also can't live without Visio and heavily use Crosscheck Networks products, SOAPSonar and SOAPSimulator - applications that are not available natively for Mac's, however, Parallels comes to the rescue. For $79.99, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac has been a great investment. It is easy-to-use, fast and the images of your Operating Systems can be moved around easily. I don't know how it compares to VMWare, but I have no complaints about Parallels, yet. I like Parallels' Full Screen Mode and Coherence Mode that lets your Windows apps appear as if they are running natively within Mac OS X Leopard.

The image above shows SOAPSonar (a .NET-based SOA Testing Application) running in Parallels on a MacBook Pro.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Service Simulation - Help Jumpstart SOA Testing

Here's a paper that the folks at Crosscheck Networks have authored on how Service Simulation can accelerate your SOA Testing, Client Side Development while saving you money by eliminating the need to build an expensive "SOA Reference System."

I have seen others talk about this concept in terms of virtualization and confuse everyone - I guess using hot marketing jargon helps get attention at the expense of adding confusion. The key aspects of Service Simulation are portability and ease-of-use, without which it adds more to the project timelines than what it promises to reduce.

Here's what Service Simulation is and how it helps:

"Reusable services are the cornerstone of a successful implementation of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Service simulation can mimic producer services before they are implemented, an alternative to an expensive reference environment. In this paper, we cover SOA Project Lifecycle issues and how best to address them through service simulation."

For complete article, see:

Accelerate your SOA Projects Through Service Simulation