The “Web Services” technology is widely used for providing integration solutions between legacy software systems, as well as a part of a new-generation distributed systems built according to guidelines and principles of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
The loosely coupled nature of the modern distributed technologies encourages a new form of business – many companies start concentrating their efforts on developing web services that can be used by other industry players for creating final applications.
In order to assure high-quality delivery, providers of web services must test their products. However, since web services have no GUI (graphical user interface), the only way to interact with them is exchanging messages.
Well-known quality assurance techniques based on presence of a graphical user interface are not applicable on web services (there are neither windows nor graphical controls, a QA engineer can use for assuring correct behaviour).
SOA Cleaner client closes this gap – it reads the web service definition document (WSDL) and automatically generates a GUI (graphical user interface) required for composing a message to be sent to the web service in a native and very intuitive way. Several aspects of the request such as input arguments, http headers, attachments etc. are available for editing through a generated graphical user interface.
A full business process can be easily emulated, by defining sequential web service calls. The response returned from the web service can be verified by defining assertions, or used as an input for following calls.
SOA Cleaner aims to cover many standards defined by the WWW Consortium for the Service Oriented Architecture (also known as WS-* standards). SOA Cleaner supports REST testing as well (including WCF WebHttpBinding).
The main benefits of SOA Cleaner differentiating it from similar solutions are:
- Intuitive and usable – no coding knowledge is needed. Notions of scripts, projects, flow control and parameterization are all handled in a simplified, friendly and intuitive way.
- Microsoft based – all written in Microsoft .Net, SOA Cleaner exploits the power of Microsoft’s implementations for WS-* standards and thus it is compliant with Microsoft WCF (including WSFederationHttpBinding and WebHttpBinding), without losing a high level of interoperability with Java-based Web Services frameworks.
- High performance – SOA Cleaner is light weighted, no cumbersome intermediate infrastructures are used.
- Suitable for performing dev-tests as well.