Big release

Arquillian testing platform gets first stable release

Chris Mayer

The cutting edge JBoss testing platform gets its final release, signalling its intentions for the future.

After months of hard graft, the JBoss Community have announced
their first stable release of their JVM testing platform, Arquillian, aiming
to substantially reduce the effort required to write and
execute Java middleware integration and functional tests, some of
which were previously untestable.

Arquillian has three guiding principles: that tests should be
portable to any supported container, executable from the IDE to
simplify the entire process and, most importantly to the Java
community, to unify the testing ecosystem with already-established

The project originated from the JBoss Test Harness developed for
the CDI 1.0 (JSR-299) specification by Pete Muir back in 2009 as a
sort of spin-off. It has now evolved into an extensible testing
platform. The astronomical progress is emphasised by the fact that
the next iteration of CDI 1.1 has migrated to Arquillian. Not bad
for a spin-off.

Arquillian is also used by numerous open source projects across
the JBoss community and beyond, including Hibernate, JBoss AS 7,
Drools, RHQ, JClouds and Apache DeltaSpike.

Led by Aslak Knutsen, Arquillian has a vibrant community around
it, receiving contributions from over 100 members within JBoss. The
anticipation for this release had reached fever pitch, with many
eager to see the first stable offering from Arquillian, after they
had received the Duke’s Choice Award for innovation in integration
 at JavaOne 2011.

One key addition for the 1.0.0 Final release is Arquillian Drone, an web-based extension which is
arguably the most mature of all extensions that makes it possible
to write browser-based tests without all the dredging. With
other extensions such as an Android test controller, code
coverage with Jacoco and DBUnit integration, it is quite possible
that this stable release will instigate new projects to add further
arms for Arquillian.

Other features specific to this release include the possibility
to orchestrate multiple deployments across multiple containers and
domain controllers in a single test and a new configuration
schema that supports multiple configurations per container.

The release signals how popular Arquillian has become, with the
platform able to manage more than a dozen container vendors
(including JBoss AS, GlassFish and Tomcat) and support for running
tests in cloud services. The container support allows developers to
target a variety of technology platforms across the spectrum,
including Java EE 5 and 6, Servlet environments, OSGi, Embedded EJB
and standalone CDI, 

The list of people speaking highly of the revolutionary testing
platform is long. Bartosz Majsak of Cambridge Technology Partners

Arquillian is a really great integration testing tool full
of potential. It’s just great that the JBoss guys are aiming to
provide support for almost all widely used application servers and
web containers. If you are writing an application for the Java EE 6
stack, not using Arquillian is a serious mistake!”

The Arquillian platform and extensions are available in
the Maven Central and JBoss
 artifact repositories. Instructions for
setting up Arquillian in your project and writing Arquillian tests
are covered in the newly-minted Arquillian
. Arquillian is released under the Apache License,

It’s an important release for JBoss, easing testing processes
for all, but the main news to take from it is that Arquillian could
become the testing hub for the future.

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