Introducing DSL Adapter for Generic Fixture

DSL (Domain Specific Language) is used to define problems in a specific domain. DSL, off late has gained a lot of focus due to its readability and ease of use. It is much more expressive than general purpose programming language especially for test authors, business people and end users.

When I published my Generic Fixture, there was a very valid concern raised by some FitNesse users that since Generic Fixture lets testers write their tests without writing any Java code and exposes user’s class level details (such as constructors and methods) to testers it might not be very appealing to customer and business folks as it is to developers. That’s when I started dwelling into this issue. Initially I thought of providing a MS Excel macro that lets testers write their test in DSL and by running that macro it will produce class level tests suited for Generic Fixture. But I abandoned that macro idea because of my unfamiliarity with VB and also to avoid hassle of an extra step for testers. (what if testers are writing tests directly on Wiki page rather than MS Excel). Finally I decided upon providing a plug-in kind of extension to Generic Fixture that will let testers define their own high level customer centric language (DSL). This DSL adapter will contain information on how to map it to Java Class level details. They just have to define this mapping once for each domain and can make it part of the SetUp page to make it available to for all the test pages.

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Testing EJBs using Generic Fixture

As I have mentioned in my Introduction to Generic Fixture post that we can use Generic Fixture to write acceptance tests to validate almost any type of Java application. In my previous post I demonstrated how to make use of Generic Fixture to write automated web tests. Let’s now see how to use Generic Fixture for testing an EJB (Enterprise Java Bean).

Here is a sample Java code of a typical EJB client. Any Java developer who has ever written code to call EJBs will be well aware of following Java code snippet.

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Jump Start FitNesse with Selenium using Generic Fixture

Download FitNesse

Go to and download the the latest fitnesse.jar. Create a directory c:\program files\fitnesse\. Copy the downloaded fitnesse.jar into directory c:\program files\fitnesse. fitnesse.jar is an executable jar file so just double click this file and it will install itself.

Download Selenium Remote Control (Selenium RC)

Go to and download the latest version (1.0.3 at the time of writing this page). Unpack the zip into c:\program files\selenium\ directory. Current version for Selenium-RC is 1.0.3 and these instructions are written assuming you are using this version.

Create a smart start script

Copy and paste following script into a file called run.vbs under the directory “C:\Program Files\selenium\selenium-server-1.0.3”. This script will start both FitNesse servers and Selenium remote control servers on their default ports 8000 and 4444 respectively. This script will ONLY start these processes if these processes are not running, so this script can be safely run any time.

PS: Please note that this script is starting Selenium in an experimental Proxy Injection Mode which lets you run your web test across multiple domains. If you don’t want to use this feature feel free to change this start script.

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