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ZK unleashes Java Web testing ZATS 1.0 Mimic to the masses

This week saw the Potix Corporation, creators of the ZK framework, deploy the first final version of their high performance Java Web test suite, ZATS Mimic 1.0, making some bold claims from the off.

ZATS Mimic 1.0 offers developers the ability to create test cases for their ZK applications to check the functionality and features but crucially without having to deploy to either a server or test them with a browser. No need for Jetty or Tomcat, this is a stripped-down version which does it all completely on the fly, saving a lot of time and using fewer resources.

This also unshackles many agile developers from the labourious task of writing an automation test to control a browser. ZK proclaim that 'running a test in an application server is time-consuming and can be an agile developer's darkest moment' thus ZATS 1.0 was created to streamline the entire process down and reduce the development lifecycle.

An encouraging move from ZK, is that ZATS Mimic is able to automate easily through a combination of other technologies in the form of plugins: unit testing frameworks i.e. JUnit and TestNG, various IDEs such as Eclipse and Netbeans, Maven, continuous integration server Jenkins or a combination of technologies. 

With more and more developers looking for stylish, enterprise-level, rich applications at the click of their fingers, this tool suite could become invaluable in providing a rapid response unit. ZK boasts more than 1,500,000 downloads since its first release in late 2005 and has big backers in Barclays, IBM, Audi and Toyota, so it's tried and tested. ZATS 1.0 could be a huge timesaver.

Download it here from the Release Notes, which will also lead you to ZK 6, the framework itself.

Chris Mayer

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