12 reasons to go Pro; the heading says it all, so let’s just cut to the chase. SoapUI comes in two awesome versions, Open Source and Pro. Basically the Pro version allows you to do everything that the Open Source does, but adds a bunch of productivity and time-saving features, making your testing faster and more fun. Without getting into the nitty gritty of details, SoapUI Pro will make your testing life easier. Below we have listed the top 12 reasons why only $399 a pop is worth the investment.
Let’s Go Data Sources
Let’s say you’re working with large scale tests which include data intensive services. Or maybe you’re doing tests where data quality is really important. What you’ll need is some kind of data source to drive the tests.
SoapUI Pro gives you this functionality out of the box, and it’s dead simple to use: just import the data source which you want fed to the test. All major formats are supported, including text files, XML, Groovy, Excel, Directory, JDBC (Relational Database), and the Internal Grid data source.
Working with an external source of data will make you’re testing that much smoother, flexible, and scalable whereas changing a data source doesn’t change the test.
Point and Click Testing
Coding manually can be fun and creative at times, but if you’re working under time constraints it can really turn into a hassle. In SoapUI Pro we added a bunch of methods to make your test creations easier by allowing for quick-to-use drag and drop functionality.
Moving data, like from a response to a request, has never been easier. Point and click testing will make SoapUI Pro create an Xpath expression that handles the data retrieval.
Verifying data has been made easier as well, by improving the use of assertion. The most exact assertion you can use is the XPath Match assertion. Creating assertions is done in in a few easy steps and seconds.
Are You Covered?
So you’ve created a bunch of tests and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself and the quality of the service you’re testing. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see exactly how much of the service’s functionality you’ve tested?
Enter the Coverage feature of SoapUI Pro. Coverage gives you, black on white, how many percent of the service you’ve tested. This allows you to get an overview and see which areas of the functionality are well tested and which areas you might want to spend some more time with. You can also drill down even further and pinpoint exactly what hasn’t been tested and what parts haven’t been asserted.
Learn more about Test Coverage here.
The Dynamic Duo – The Editors
The Outline and the Form Editors are great tools for visualizing data. While the Outline Editor delivers a great overview of the actual data in a XML messages, the Form Editor provides a simple interface for entering data into requests. The two editors in conjunction will make your testing faster and easier.
The Outline editor
The Outline Editor helps to visualize the XML view by exposing the hierarchical structure of the XML message. The Outline Editor is also editable and is available for both requests and responses.
The Form Editor
The Form Editor takes the definition of the request and makes a form for you to enter information. Forms are useful when you want to do manual testing, when non-technical staff such as manager wants to enter requests, or when you just want to browse a service without the hassle. In this case the Form Editor works brilliantly with the Outline Editor; use the Outline when figuring out the structure and use the Form when you want to send the actual requests.
Easily follow your test flows step-by-step, and improve the quality of your tests with Test Debugging. There are times when you want to examine the behavior of your tests in detail – which is called debugging. If you suspect errors in your tests or the services you’re testing, Test Debugging is how you diagnose it. With it you can follow your TestSteps step-by-step by adding breakpoints. You can then run the test to that breakpoint and view the current value of the SoapUI properties. The Test Debugging Interface simplifies following Test Flow, Variables, Properties, Requests, Context, and much more, making test creation and improvement more streamlined.
Interested in learning more about Test Debugging? Read the tutorial.
If you’re working in different environments, such as Staging and Production, this feature will be a major time-save. Manually changing all the different connections and end-points of your tests when you need to switch environment is cumbersome. With SoapUI Pro you can choose which environment you want to apply through a simple drop-down menu. It then automatically changes the necessary parts of your tests to be able to run in the new environment. All that’s needed is a one-time setup of your different environments, and your good to go.
Click here to read more about Multi-Environment Support.
SoapUI Pro comes locked and loaded with powerful and easy-to-use reporting functionality. Want to be able to show off to manager how the tests are going, what parts have been tested, and how it went? Or would you just like to show off by framing the testing results on your wall?
With one click, you can generate detailed reports at Project, TestSuite, TestCase, or LoadTest level. Just as easy, print or export them into any standard format, including PDF, HTML, Word and Excel, and customize them any way you like. And the Reporting tab in the Project window gives you instant access to all your reports, sub-reports, templates, and even their parameters. Sharing results with your teams and managing reports has never been easier.
The SQL builder
When using a data source for your data driven tests or when writing to a data source, SQL can be quite complex for a non-technical person. The question you have to ask yourself is: do you want to spend time writing and debugging SQL or do you want to create tests?
We’ve created SoapUI Pro’s SQL Builder which helps you create the SQL statements with a graphical interface, making data access easy for everyone. This will make your data driven tests so much more fun, accessible and less time consuming.
Find out how the SQL Builder works here.
Stop the Hackers
Security testing is something that should be vital in your testing, and there’s an array of attacks those pesky hackers will throw at you, such as: XML bombs, SQL injections, malformed XML, fuzzing, cross-site scripting etc. But do you really know how to test your service for these? SoapUI Pro does! With the addition of the Security Test Generator in Pro you can create a complete set of vulnerability scans, meaning you have a full-blown hacker simulation with just some clicks of the mouse. Instant security!
Hit a Moving Target (aka: Refactoring)
Testing a moving target, where the WSDL keeps changing, can be frustrating. Your tests stop working and you need to redefine them to fit the new WSDL. This is especially pertinent if if you’re running the tests in an automated environment or at a global level… and it’s a time-drain. Refactoring solves all of this by offering you a simple “search-and-replace”-type function. Use an easy point-and-click interface to define what and how data has changed and allow SoapUI Pro to update all your tests for you. Presto! Everything is back on track, and the world is a happier place because you used Refactoring.
Read more about WSDL Refactoring in SoapUI Pro.
Meeting the Requirements
What tests meets what requirements? Or have certain requirements been tested at all? SoapUI Pro’s requirements support is a highly useful feature for mapping your tests against business or technical requirements. No more second guessing regarding how well your tests are up to the standard. Apart from setting the requirements yourself, directly in the software, SoapUI Pro requirements management also lets you import data from external systems.
No more second guessing if your tests are up to standards.
Interested in Requirements handling? Click here.
The Support Feature
Yeah, that’s right, support is a feature. Although we have a great a vibrant community where a lot of user will help each other selflessly, sometimes you need to go straight to the source to get assistance. Enter SoapUI Pro. As part of the license you will not only get the most sophisticated Service Testware in the world, you’ll also get support for it. For USD 399$ you’ll have one year of support; you’ll be able to send in support questions in our online forums as well as send mail to our dedicated support team.
Now if you get stuck using our software you don’t have to work on the fixing the problem alone. Let us help you out, and save you some time and energy.
Check out the SoapUI Pro Forum.