Pre-Release Testing Tools from WS-I
WS-I Announces Availability of Testing Tools
Pre-Release Now Available for Public Comment
Palo Alto, California, USA. April 16, 2003.
The Web Services Interoperability Organization ("WS-I") today announced the availability of two testing tools for interoperability assessment with the WS-I Basic Profile. Pre-release versions of the Web Service Communication Monitor and the Web Service Profile Analyzer are now available. The tools, with implementations in both C# and Java, can be used on any Web services platform.
The testing tools and their supporting documentation and processes were developed by the WS-I Test Tools Working Group. "The tools have been designed in such a way to allow for expansion and extension, so they can accommodate the Basic Profile as well as future profiles," said Jacques Durand, chair of the Test Tools Working Group, and director, Industry Relations at Fujitsu Software Corporation. "They can be configured to specifically address whichever profile definition they need to verify. Testing results will help developers ensure that their Web services meet the WS-I interoperability guidelines."
The Web Service Communication Monitor ("Monitor") captures messages exchanged between Web services and the software that invokes them and stores the messages for later analysis. Today's pre-release version captures HTTP-based SOAP messages.
The Web Service Profile Analyzer ("Analyzer") evaluates messages captured by Monitor, and also validates the description and registration artifacts of the Web service. This includes the WSDL document(s) that describes the Web service, and the XML schema files that describe the data types used in the WSDL service definition and the UDDI registration entries.
The output from Analyzer is a report that indicates whether or not a Web service meets the interoperability guidelines of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0. The report provides details on the specific deviations and failures, so that users know which requirements of the WS-I Basic Profile were not met.
WS-I is requesting public comment to ensure quality and broad applicability of the testing tools. Feedback should be directed to email@example.com. Final versions of the testing tools are expected this summer  closely following the final release of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0.
WS-I is an open industry organization committed to promoting consistent and reliable interoperability among Web services across platforms, applications and programming languages. The organization unites a diverse community of Web services companies to provide guidance, recommended practices, and supporting resources for developing interoperable Web services. Since its formation in February 2002, more than 170 companies have joined WS-I. For more information please visit http://www.ws-i.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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