Author a test or component
This topic describes how to create a new test or component.
Sprinter's Plan mode enables you to create and edit tests
The following steps describe how to create and manage tests
Ensure that you have the required user permissions
and connect to Application Lifecycle Management as described in Sprinter and ALM. Make sure that Plan tab is selected.
Create a new test
For non-ALM connections: To add a new test, click Create in the Plan area. A new test is added to the My Tests List list.
For ALM connections: Select Create > New ALM Test or Create > New ALM Business Component. A new entry is added to the My Tests Listlist.
Open an existing test
- To open a test, click the Open button in the Plan area.
To open an ALM test or business component, expand the Open dropdown and select the desired option.
When logged in with ALM, the Open dialog box enables you to select which Application Lifecycle Management tests or components to view and open.
In the Test Lab view, you can organize the test list and select what to display using the following buttons:
Opens the Filter dialog box, enabling you to filter the tests or components based on specific criteria. For details, click Help in the Filter dialog box.
Opens the Select Columns dialog box, enabling you to select the columns to display. For details, click Help in the Select Columns dialog box.
Refresh Reloads the data from ALM. Select All
Selects all the currently displayed tests or components in the list.
Deselects all the currently displayed tests or components in the list.
The list of tests or components in the selected folder in the folder list. Select the check boxes next to the tests or components you want to open in Sprinter.
When logged in with ALM Octane, a list box opens showing all of the tests in the current workspace.
Select a test and click OK. The test editor pane opens showing the test description and the step details.
Manage version-controlled tests or components (ALM users only).
If you open a test or component from an Application Lifecycle Management project that supports version-control, the test or component opens in read-only mode unless you have already checked it out. The following functionality is available from the Plan area's Versions menu for managing version-control:
To enable editing, select Versions > Check Out. The test or component is checked out for you, and only you can edit its contents. You can only check out the last version—not older versions.
To release the check out of the test or component, select Versions > Check In. The test or component is checked in to the Application Lifecycle Management project, and other users can now check out and edit that test or component.
To cancel the check out of the test or component without changing the version number or saving any changes that you made to it, select Versions > Undo Check Out. The test or component is checked back in and all changes that you made after the check out are lost.
Manually add and edit steps
Use the Steps tab to:
add, edit, move, and delete test
import steps from Excel or CSV files
format steps using rich text editing capabilities
add screen captures and attachments to steps
insert calls to an external Application Lifecycle Management test
insert parameters to steps
For details, hover on the toolbar to see the button tooltip, or see the Steps tab (Plan mode).
Note: It is recommended that you limit the content of all fields that support rich text, such as Description, to 2500 characters.
Automatically add steps using Steps Capture.
In the Steps tab, select an application for your test and then click the Steps Capture button to navigate within your application and perform typical user actions.
If you have not defined an application, click the arrow adjacent to Steps Capture button and select Application Settings. Select or define an application. Then select the application from the Steps Capture dropdown. For details, see the Steps tab (Plan mode) and Applications tab.
Note: By default, Sprinter only captures the screen of the application under test. To capture the entire desktop screen, perform the following:
- Locate the SprinterRTE.exe.config file in Sprinter's bin folder.
Change the false value to true:
<add key="CaptureDesktopScreen" value="true"/>
While you perform actions, Sprinter captures them and converts the actions into steps. Using the Captured Steps sidebar, you can define whether to convert each user action to a step or to group multiple user actions into steps. For details, see Captured Steps sidebar.
Manage step parameters
Add parameters to your test
or componentusing the Test /Componenttab's Parameters pane. You can then associate these parameters with steps in the Steps tab.
For tests, only input parameters are supported. For components, input and output parameters are supported, per component.
For details on the Parameters pane, see the Parameters tab (Plan mode).
Manage step attachments
Use the Attach dropdown to add and remove test attachments.
Attachments are not available for components.
Manage component snapshots (components only).
Use the Snapshots pane to add, annotate, or remove screen captures for components. These screen captures are then saved with your component in Application Lifecycle Management.
This pane is not available for tests.
Save the test
or component in Application Lifecycle Management.
In the Tests
and Componentspane, do one of the following:
Click the Save button. The Save dialog box opens for tests
or componentsthat you save for the first time.
Select Save > Save As. The Save As dialog box opens and allows you to save your test
or componentunder another name.