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    Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    Hi All;

    Does anyone have experience using SilkTest's "Blue Express" extension to test MainFrame (CICS) applications? Were there sync problems? The documentation specifies the RUMBA TE; has anyone tried using ATTACHMATE?

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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    According to this chart, Silk does not support terminal emulation: http://www.sqa-test.com/tc_matrix.html

    Is that chart correct? I am currently trying to determine whether Silk is the best tool to use for testing in a terminal emulator.

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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    We are using SilkTest with BlueExpress to test a mainframe ISPF application. You do have to use Blue as the terminal emulator. Blue is basically a shell around Rhumba that dynamically creates TextField and StaticText objects. Without BlueExpress and the extensions, Silk will not see anything in a terminal emulator.

    Doing the declarations can be a bit tricky because of the dynamic environment, but Blue does recognize everything on the screen. Other tools that we looked at in the past did not recognize all of our static text.


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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    Thank you very much for your help!

    Is "Blue" sold by Segue? Will it work with terminal emulation software other than Rhumba? (We have IBM PCOM.)

    When you say you have evaluated other tools are you referring to other test automation packages (like WinRunner, QARun and RationalTeamTest) or other terminal emulator wrappers like "Blue" for Silk?

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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    Did u guys had any chance testing mainframe apps with any auto tools. If yes what r the tools.

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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    Yes, BlueExpress is sold by Segue as an extension to SilkTest. It only works with Rhumba. Actually Rhumba is running behind the scenes and you are only aware of working with Blue. The necessary Rhumba software is included in the BlueExpress package.

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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    So far as I know (eval. several tools 18 mos ago) there are no tools that will grab the green screens. Using BlueExpress is pointless in our case because we want to test OUR emulators, not Segue's.

    We are using SilkTest to test emulators, but must grab our data for verifying in some pretty creative ways. You have to get clues from other pieces of your application (tables, files, etc.) in order to know if you arrived at the correct screen or got back what you wanted. It's a hokey way to test, but it is getting the job done.

    Another little trick that works in some situations is with bitmap comparrisons. Now, you don't usually want a pile of bmps following your script everywhere it goes, but one thing you can to is to use GetBitmapCRC to capture the bitmap to memory (rather than a file) do some work and then look at the bitmap a second time to see if things have changed.

    These are not easy methods, but when your back is against the wall, you do what you have to to get your testing done.

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    Re: Using SilkTest on a MainFrame TE

    Many good emulators have a facility to copy the screen's text to the clipboard. Inbetween the keyboard events that SilkTest generates, you can have SilkTest copy the emulator's screen to the clipboard and parse to see if the data you expect to be there is there.

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