WSDL has been around long enough to take root in the form of different styles. That can play some havoc with generic testing. A recent conversation with Frank Cohen, founder of Push to Test, indicates that tools have taken notice of the WSDL ”dialects.”
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The increasingly popular SOAP UI can wend its way through WSDL styles, according to Cohen. ”There are different styles of WSDL, depending on the tool or platform that generated it, ” he said. ”For example, Microsoft tends to use XML schemas in a certain way. SOAP UI understands that. It understands other different types of styles of WSDL as well. ”
SOAP UI has another special play related to larger development styles too. The headlong rush to Agile programming methods is a associated with a rebirth in unit testing. You may even write your tests before you write your app. But what do you do when you are developing but have no control over a service being developed elsewhere. Well the answer for many for the time being is to use mock objects. SOAP UI will create a mock object. This can serve, like some kinds of love, until the real thing comes along.
Read more about SOAP UI on SearchSOA.com. Presented there is a list of SOAP UI reference data. And for those of you in the U.S., happy day after Thanksgiving! Tryptophan forever!