Database integration overview

When testing your application or Web service, it is vital that you use data that is accurate and up to date. If you use a snapshot of data from a past date, it may no longer be valid or relevant.

The database integration allows you to access values in a database during your test, ensuring that the data is up to date. You can also check your returned values against those in the database.

The following is a list of the database functions, available from the Database category in the Steps Toolbox:


Connects to a database.


Disconnects from a database.


Submits an SQL statement to a database.


Performs an action on a dataset.


Retrieves a value from a dataset.


Validates database contents by setting checkpoints.

The database integration functions are useful in the following scenarios:

For more information, see the Function Reference (select the relevant version).

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