Arquillian gets even quicker!

JRebel meets JBoss – Arquillian gets testing turbo boost

Chris Mayer

Two fresh new projects helping each other out – the Arquillian team demonstrate the JRebel extension to massively reduces redeploys.

It’s always great to see fresh exciting new projects crossing
over into each others yards to progress the standards. The latest
link-up between ZeroTurnaround and JBoss promises to help us all
out – with a new JRebel extension announced for the integration
testing suite Arquillian.

Since getting its first major version a few weeks ago, JBoss
Arquillian continues to go from strength to strength with this new
extension making it possible to avoid restarts and redeploys. The
ties between ZeroTurnaround and JBoss have always been strong –
with the Estonian company already supporting the JBoss Forge team
with free JRebel OSS licenses, so this relationship was
a no-brainer with the Arquillian guys seeking to cut redeploys in
development from the start.

Bernard Labno writes:

Writing tests with Arquillian is so cool. Our tests
are run in container, we can inject various artifacts like EJBs,
JMS queues, CDI beans and more into our tests.

But the turnaround for big deployments is too big. Even for
smaller ones, if you for example use Seam3 or Hibernate it takes
some seconds to redeploy. And those seconds add

Together Labno and
Aslak Knutsen
have demonstrated the JRebel extension for
Arquillian to reload changed artifacts.

Simply add impl module to classpath and run test
either from the IDE or Maven


Of course, making sure to use servlet protocol. To do this, add
the following to arquillian.xml:

<defaultProtocol type="Servlet 3.0"/>

It’s as simple as that. With this new
extension, tests are deployed only at the first
execution, and for the repetitive runs JRebel takes the reins and
updates the test and application code in the running

Labno revealed that they had managed to get EAR and WAR
deployments working ‘on the fly’, with EJB support next on the

Arquillian has certainly simplified the integration testing
experience for many already, but now with the possibility to
massive reduce the amount of redeployments, it can truly make its
ascent towards becoming the people’s choice for integration

If you want to get your hands on this brainy add-on for
Arquillian, check out the GitHub
source code. Once again, congratulations to both projects for
coming together for the cause – it’s bound to help out many an
Arquillian developer!

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