Automated GUI testing? You bet.

Google opens up WindowTester Pro as Eclipse plugin

Chris Mayer

Google let automated WindowTester GUI tester into the wild, in conjunction with the Eclipse Foundation.

Making the announcement on their open source blog, Google
revealed that their solution which automates the process
GUI testing, WindowTester Pro is now being
shipped as an 
Eclipse plugin.

Previously under Instantiations Inc.’s
WindowTester Pro
v6.0 is now compatible with Eclipse Galileo
(3.5), Helios (3.6) and Indigo (3.7). 

With WindowTester Pro, developers can create standard Java
JUnit tests for every GUI they create, which
be run within Eclipse IDE or automated to run
Ant. Flexibility is added as tests can be
generated for SWT and Swing Java applications. WindowTester Pro has
a recording console that captures your every movement when working
with your UI, recording the steps taken.

Once your GUI has been
exercised, you close the application under test. When
the application is closed, the recording is terminated and the test
is generated. An obvious advantage of this tool is that
it reduces the time required to hand-code tests,
enabling developers to focus on build quality early in the process
By resolving flaws in the development cycle earlier on, developers
and companies can theoretically drastically lower both testing time
and cost. Google claims that you can save as much as 50% or more of
your time by using the tool – which is a pretty bold statement to

More information can be ascertained
from Google’s
for the tool, where you can download it as well. It is
good news that Google has open sourced this time-saving GUI
solution, and being in cahoots with Eclipse can give it the right
platform to gain adoption and usage within the Eclipse IDE.

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