Meliora Testlab has evolved to a new major version – Girus. The release includes enhancements to reporting and multiple new integration possibilities.
Please read more about the new features and changes below.
Automatic publishing of reports
Testlab provides an extensive set of reporting templates which you can pre-configure and save to your Testlab project. It used to be that to render the reports, you would go to Testlab’s “Reports” section and choose the preferred report for rendering.
Girus enhances reporting in a way where all saved projects can be scheduled for automatic publishing. Each report can be set with a
- recurrence period (daily, weekly and monthly) for which the report is refreshed,
- report type to render (PDF, XLS, ODF),
- optionally, a list of e-mail addresses where to automatically send the report and
- an option to web publish the report to a pre-determined web-address.
When configured so, the report will then be automatically rendered and sent to interested parties and optionally, made available to the relatively short URL address for accessing.
Slack is a modern team communication and messaging app which makes it easy to set-up channels for messaging, share files and collaborate with your team in many ways.
Meliora Testlab now supports integrating with Slack’s webhook-interfaces to post notifications about your Testlab assets to your Slack. The feature is implemented as a part of Testlab’s notice schemes. This way, you can set up rules for events that you prefer to be published to your targeted Slack #channel.
Webhooks are HTTP-protocol based callbacks which enable you ro react on changes in your Testlab project. Webhooks can be used as a one-way API to integrate your own system to Testlab.
Similarly to the Slack integration introduced above, the Webhooks are implemented as a channel in Testlab’s notice schemes. This way you can set up rules to pick the relevant events you wish to have the notices of.
An example: Let’s say you have an in-house ticketing system and you need to mark a ticket resolved each time an issue in Testlab is closed. With Webhooks, you can implement a simple HTTP based listener on your premises and set up a notification rule in Testlab to push an event to your listener every time an issue is closed. With a little programming, you can then mark the ticket in your own system as resolved.
You can read more about the Webhooks via this link.
Apache Maven is a common build automation tool used primarily for Java projects. In addition, Maven can be used to build projects written in C#, Ruby, Scala and other languages.
Meliora Testlab’s Maven Plugin is an extension to Maven which makes it possible to publish xUnit-compatible testing results to your Testlab project. If you are familiar with Testlab’s Jenkins CI plugin, the Maven one provides similar features easily accessible from your Maven project’s POM.
You can read more about the Maven plugin via this link.
Automatic creation of test cases for automated tests
When JUnit/xUnit-compatible testing results of automated tests are pushed to Testlab (for example from Jenkins, Maven plugin, …), the results are mapped and stored against the test cases of the project. For example, if you push a result for a test com.mycompany.junit.SomeTest, you should have a test case in your project with this identifier (or sub-prefix of this identifier) as a value in the custom field set up as the test case mapping field. The mapping logic is best explained in the Jenkins plugin documentation.
To make the pushing of results as easy as possible the plugins now have an option to automatically import the stubs of test cases from the testing results themselves. This way, if a test case cannot be found from the project for some mapping identifier, the test case is automatically created to a configured test category.
Jenkins plugin: TAP support
Test Anything Protocol, or TAP, is a simple interface between testing modules in a test harness. Testing results are represented by simple text files (.tap) describing the steps taken. The Jenkins plugin of Testlab has been enhanced in a way, that the results from .tap files produced by your job can be published to Testlab.
Each test step in your TAP result is mapped to a test case in Testlab via the mapping identifier, similar to the xUnit-compatible way of working supported previously.
The support for TAP is best explained in the documentation of the Testlab’s Jenkins plugin.
Support for multiple JIRA projects in Webhook-based integration
When integrating JIRA with Testlab using the Webhooks-based integration strategy, the integration now supports integrating multiple JIRA projects into a single Testlab project. When multiple projects are specified and an issue is added, the user gets to choose which JIRA project the issue should be added to.
Due to this change, it is now also possible to specify which JIRA project the Testlab project is integrated with. Previously, the prefix and the key of the projects had to match between the JIRA and Testlab project.
Miscellaneous enhancements and changes
- Results of run tests report added with new options to help you on reporting out your testing results:
- Test execution date added as a supported field,
- “Group totals by” option added which sums up and reports totals for each group of the specified field,
- reports have been added with columns and rows of sum totals and
- test categories selection supports the selection of multiple categories and test cases for filtering.
- Updates on multiple underlying 3rd party libraries.
- Bugs squished.
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