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Executing Tests Offline – Rover Plugin

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Executing tests offline with Rover provides you with the ability to run tests from Enterprise Tester (ET) Platform Edition on the go – working in remote locations, or in areas where internet connectivity is unreliable or unavailable.

Rover supports synchronizing both script assignments and incidents with ET. This article covers synchronizing and running script assignments.

Although internet access is not required to run tests in Rover, internet access is required for the following:

  • When downloading script assignments and incidents from the ET server.
  • When uploading test run results, new incidents and new comments on existing incidents to the ET server.

The Getting Started article provides an introduction that familiarizes users with Rover.

Executing Tests Offline: Copying Scripts and Execution Sets to Rover

An internet connection is required for this task.

After logging into Rover, the navigator will display the execution set folders and their script assignments (but not their agile runs) in the first project listed in the ET navigator.

In ET:

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin navigation in Enterprise Tester Platform Edition

In Rover the execution icon is highlighted in green and the contents of the default project are displayed:

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin execution navigation

You can change the project by selecting from the drop down list. Like in ET, projects are organised into categories. Users can only see projects defined in the user permissions on the ET server.

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin project navigation

Select the project then review and select execution sets to download from the ET server.

To download execution sets, click on the folder or the individual script assignment you wish to select. You can also download all execution sets and script assignments by clicking on the top execution set folder.

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin download execution sets

The download icon displays on execution sets and script assignments that haven’t been downloaded (or have been changed since the last download):

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin download execution sets icon

Once you have downloaded the execution set or the script assignment, the download icon will disappear.

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin downloaded execution sets (no icon)

When a script assignment downloads from the server to a client device the ‘script assignment’ icon changes from;

  – White left corner with a green dot  – this icon denotes that the script assignment is on the server and has not been downloaded,

to;

 – solid green square – this icon denotes that the script assignment has been downloaded, and has not yet been altered on the client device.

A list of all icons is in the ‘Entity Icon’ section of the Getting Started article.

Executing Tests Offline: Viewing and Running Tests

Once you have downloaded your script assignments, depending on the machine or device you are using, you can click or tap on the script assignment in the tree view to view or run your script.

The Script Description, Script Objective, Script Pre-Conditions, Script Post Conditions, Script Notes, all completed script custom fields and the run history will display on screen.

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin viewing and running tests

You can click or tap to view any of the previous run on the run history grid. The run history grid will provide you with some basic details including the Run Number, the Run By details, the status of each run and the Sync Status. The sync status indicates location of the recorded run – on the server or only residing locally.

Starting a New Run

You can start a new run by clicking or tapping on the Create New Run button located above the run history grid. This will load the run screen which will provide you with all the custom fields scoped for script assignments and you’ll also see your steps in a list view. You’ll also see:

  • The run number
  • Step status icon (on each step)
  • Step status bar (to the right of the scrollbar)
  • The active step is highlighted with a blue border
  • Step naviation and Result menu at the bottom of the screen
Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin start a new run

There is a text field for entering actual results Similar to executing a test run in ET. While a step is active you can click or tap on the step result at the bottom of the screen to set that step’s status. When a step is passed, the next step is automatically selected, otherwise information or notes are entered into the ‘Actual Result’ field. There are keyboard shortcuts for this screen:

  • Ctrl+Up selects the previous step
  • Ctrl+Down selects the next step
  • Ctrl+P passes the current step
  • Ctrl+F fails the current step
  • Ctrl+B blocks the current step
  • Ctrl+U marks the current step as undetermined

If you wish to quickly pass all steps, you can click or tap on the “hamburger” icon (≡) and select “Pass All”.

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin 'pass all' running tests

A status icon will appear on the step with the background shaded depending on the status of the step. You’ll also notice that the bottom status menu highlights the status of the current step. The color-coded status bar indicates the status of each step. This makes it easy to see the status of each step at a glance. The image below shows ‘Step 2’ highlighted and the status as failed.

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin running tests status

Passed

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin running tests - passed

Failed

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin running tests - failed

Blocked

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin running tests - blocked

Undetermined

Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin running tests - undetermined

Executing Tests Offline: Failing a Step and logging an Incident

To log an incident on a failed step, click or tap on the Incidents button under the Actual Results field on the step to open the incidents screen.

The incidents screen will display:

  • All incidents already linked to the step
  • The screen to create a new incident or link an existing incident either downloaded from the ET server or previously created
Executing Tests Offline - Rover mobile plugin failing and logging incident

Type in a name and click on the Create Incident button to open the incident create screen. Complete the fields and click on save to create a new incident and link it to the step.

Rover mobile plugin 'create incident' form

As you type a name, you’ll also see the list of existing incidents narrow down. Click “Link” on one of these if you’d prefer to link to an existing incident instead of creating a new one. For more information on linking incidents, see Incidents.

Rover mobile plugin linking incidents

Close the window to return to your run.  Once you have completed the run, the icon in the tree for the script assignment should now show  which indicates that the script assignment has local changes which have not yet been uploaded to the server. See Synchronization to find out how to upload these changes back to the server.

Limitations

Rover does not currently support the following ET features:

  • agile runs
  • run timer
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