TASSA: A Testing as a Service Framework for Web Service Compositions

Dessislava Petrova-Antonova, Sylvia Ilieva, Denitsa Manova


Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) is a new quality assurance model addressing the challenges of software testing in the cloud. The missing access to the hardware or different software configurations as well as the difficulties of building a test environment are examples for common problems in the testing process. This paper addresses such problems by proposing a TaaS-enabled framework offering testing services on as-needed basis. The framework, called Testing as a Service Software Architecture (TASSA), supports testing of web service compositions described with Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (WS-BPEL). Its core functionality includes fault injection and dependencies isolation of the application under test. It is implemented as web services deployed on cloud infrastructure. In addition, the TASSA Graphical User Interface (GUI) for test case design and execution is implemented as a plugin for Eclipse IDE. It could be accessed from a local computer or used for building a cloud test lab on a virtual machine. Sample business process from wine industry is used for proving the feasibility of TASSA framework.


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Petrova-Antonova D., Petrova-Antonova D., Ilieva S., Ilieva S., Manova D. and Manova D. (2016). TASSA: A Testing as a Service Framework for Web Service Compositions . In Proceedings of the International Workshop on domAin specific Model-based AppRoaches to vErificaTion and validaTiOn - Volume 1: AMARETTO, (MODELSWARD 2016) ISBN 978-989-758-166-3, pages 33-42. DOI: 10.5220/0005844400330042

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author={Dessislava Petrova-Antonova and Dessislava Petrova-Antonova and Sylvia Ilieva and Sylvia Ilieva and Denitsa Manova and Denitsa Manova},
title={TASSA: A Testing as a Service Framework for Web Service Compositions},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Workshop on domAin specific Model-based AppRoaches to vErificaTion and validaTiOn - Volume 1: AMARETTO, (MODELSWARD 2016)},

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JO - Proceedings of the International Workshop on domAin specific Model-based AppRoaches to vErificaTion and validaTiOn - Volume 1: AMARETTO, (MODELSWARD 2016)
TI - TASSA: A Testing as a Service Framework for Web Service Compositions
SN - 978-989-758-166-3
AU - Petrova-Antonova D.
AU - Petrova-Antonova D.
AU - Ilieva S.
AU - Ilieva S.
AU - Manova D.
AU - Manova D.
PY - 2016
SP - 33
EP - 42
DO - 10.5220/0005844400330042