General Problems About Web Service Testing

Web Service Testing
Problems of Traditional Web Service Testing:

  • Most of time the developers reuse third party web service for better support and reduce the development time. It is very difficult to test for test engineers.
  • SOAP based web services can ues a lot of WS* secifications, so the underlaying test engineers need to know a lot of security features to test effectively.
  • Web Services can be exposed over multiple transport protocol like-JMS,VFS. So testing should be conducted over all protocol.As a result test engineer need to pass a higher learning curve.

Exception Handling Mechanism of Web service Testing

Those test engineers who are from any tools background will call this as Exception handling but it is popularly known as fault handling mechanism.Even though Web service follows SOAP protocol to send message,there might be scenario where it might encounter faults. In Traditional way web service sends the fault message as a part of response to service consumer.

The elements could be:
1. fault code: The code is very similar like web faults(404,500 etc).So seeing the code one can understand what kind of fault has occurred.
Popular fault codes could be..
a. VersionMismatch
b. MustUnderstand

2.faultString: More details about the fault which is understandable by human.

3. faultactor: This provides an information who is primarily caused the fault

4. details: More details view of the fault.

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Web Service Testing


  • faultcode is Code
  • faultSring is Reson
also it might have optional elements like–
  • Node
  • Role
  • Details


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