Service Oriented Architecture Testing
Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) is a software design that allows different services to communicate with each other independently via applications over a network.
It is important to note that SOA is indeed a type of architecture, designed to suit a business, and is therefore not a piece software itself.
SOA works by cross-referencing different applications and services to find out the information required. This information is then used to upgrade the service. It is important to note that the information is shared directly between the platforms though, so that there is no miscommunication or incorrect information received by either side.
SOA is often, in effect, technology independent and, when not working over a web service, works using Representation State Transfer (REST).
Ultimately, SOA involves businesses communicating through clearly defined interfaces (identified via a URL). This communication is followed by tiered web server architecture that caches data at any level.
Many businesses choose SOA to design and develop their business applications, as well as to manage their overall system. SOA testing greatly benefits those who require technical solutions to closely align with the needs of their business.
Although, SOA testing is hugely cost-effective and is flexible in application, adopting SOA-based applications in a business can often be challenging.
The most common method of implementing an SOA-based system is using web services. However, because the standards defining web services are rapidly expanding and adapting, many web services are difficult to select and not yet in their prime.
Because of the difficulties selecting a web service for SOA-based applications, SOA testing is an essential element of SOA and modern SOA testing is extremely significant for SOA-based applications.
It is possible for SOA testing to be automatically generated from industry platforms, and artifacts like WSDL, WADL, UDDI, WSIL, XML, Schema, BPEL and HTTP traffic.
What’s more, there are further possibilities to be explored with the SOA tests, using various choices of software. Generated SOA tests can be extended for additional values and assertions, as well as be converted into maintainable regression tests.
SOA tests can also be used for security testing and to construct end-to-end test scenarios.
Many businesses choose to parameterize SOA tests to increase their understanding of SOA-based applications, parametrization can ultimately be used to expand and improve upon sample tests.
API testing is essential for many businesses and with APIs, it is extremely important to make sure a complete range of conditions is tested.
API testing involves sophisticated automation that is sufficiently extensive and robust to meet company demand.
API testing features a series of functional tests that can be repeated systematically. API tests include the visualization and parametrization of test messages, defining test logic and visualizing how messages and events work their way through the architecture of a business’ system.
Despite the clear advantages of SOA testing and the fact that it is used frequently in a number of businesses, there are most definitely numerous challenges that arise alongside SOA-based applications and SOA testing.
The complications surrounding SOA make any difficulties even more challenging and, what’s more, present numerous blind spots in the SOA testing process.
That said, there are ways to overcome the challenges presented by SOA testing. Business people, for example, can work alongside IT experts in order to reap the rewards from SOA-based applications.
What’s more, businesses can implement numerous stages of SOA testing, including: Building a test system, unit testing, security testing, functional and regression testing and performance testing, in order to keep track of the elements of SOA testing working well for the business. The different types of testing can be done using different applications. Although, businesses should be careful when selecting each individual SOA testing application and should also be aware of any potential issues in the applications’ security and quality.
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Some of the larger, more traditional testing vendors have largely ignored the challenges of testing integrated systems. At Original Software, we recognise that to properly test an integrated system you need a specialist test solution.
Although projects involving Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Event Driven Architectures (EDA) and composite applications in general may include GUIs, they are not the dominant form of interface. Instead, these types of projects use HTTP, JMS, TCP/IP and other protocols to transport information in a variety of formats, both custom and standard (e.g. SOAP or XML). Humans cannot see into these types of systems directly and a tool is always required for testing SOA and integrated systems.
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