The Amakihi Framework is designed to simplify the implementation of XML based integration tests of web sites and/or of EJB Services.

Many projects have the requirement to produce various tests of the final code. In Java, tools like JUnit are commonly used to unit test individual modules. With add-ons, such as HttpUnit, one can write tests against web sites (which integrate several modules together, including JSPs and other dynamically-generated files).

While this type of testing is important, there is another form of testing that is necessary: client/user-driven integration tests.

The Amakihi codebase was developed with the following concepts in mind:

  1. Drive application integration tests from a set of XML “scripts” which are easier for non-technical people to edit and read.
  2. Reduce the amount of programming that developers have to do to implement the automation of those test scripts.
  3. Consider the ways in which those scripts can be used for regression and performance testing.
  4. Exploit the strengths of existing testing tools (such as JUnit).
  5. Recognize that a working application has several “interfaces” — the browser, an e-mail client, a web services layer, etc. Each of these interfaces can be interacted with to ensure correct functionality.

Amakihi was submitted and approved as open-source project to

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