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Jameleon, Object oriented testing framework

Jameleon is an acceptance testing framework. However, you could do integration testing with it. It makes you think before you start down the road of automation. 

Jameleon is an open source automated and integration testing framework written in Java which segregates applications into features and allows those features to be tied together independently, in XML, creating self-documenting automated test cases.

The key concept behind the Jameleon is to create a group of keywords or tags that can be mapped to different screens of an application automatically. The keywords can be organized with different data sets to form test scripts abstracting the application functioning. The test scripts are used to automate testing and to generate manual test case documentation. The Jameleon is designed with a plug-in model which includes many plug-in such as JUnit plug-in for testing at white box level, HtmlUnit plug-in for emulating browsers and testing for scripting languages support etc.

The steps to write a Jameleon Function point are:

  1. Write the function points code in Java.
  2. Register your new code in the macro provided.
  3. If Jameleon doesn't know about the application yet, register it.

The other thing that it does is, what most other tools don't even take into consideration. It allows for the idea of different test environments and different organizations.
To be able to have the same basic application deployed into different environments and to different organizations that probably require different business rules is a requirement for most QA departments.
If you plan out the function points well enough, you can run the same exact test case against all environments and even against all organizations. 

Jameleon is an automated testing tool that separates applications into features and allows those features to be tied together independently, creating test cases. 

These test cases can then be data-driven and executed against different environments.
Jameleon breaks applications into features and allows testing at any level, simply by passing in different data for the same test.
Because Jameleon is based on Java and XML, there is no need to learn a proprietary technology.
It's an acceptance testing tool for testing the functionality provided by applications, and currently supports the testing of Web applications.
It differs from regular HttpUnit and jWebUnit in that it separates testing of features from the actual test cases themselves.
You can also make these test cases data-driven, which gives an easy way of running specific tests on specific environments.
The framework has a plugin architecture, allowing different functional testing tools to be used, and there is a plugin for testing Web applications using HttpUnit/jWebUnit.
The test case scripting is done with XML and Jelly.

Jameleon combines XDoclet, Ant and Jelly to provide a potentially powerful framework for solid functional testing of your Webapp.
It strikes a good balance between scripting and coding, and allows you to set up multiple inputs per test by providing input via CSV files.
Along with the flexibility come a complexity and maintenance overhead, but you are getting your Webapp tested for you.

One of the main focuses of FIT and FitNesse is to make your tests data-driven. This is very powerful. I agree that FitNess will do the job.
The Jameleon framework is conceptually different enough from other automated test frameworks that it required development from scratch. While most open-source testing tools are for the developer, Jameleon is intended for more QA-specific features to be added to it down the road. 

While you may call mapping a single class and a method to a bunch of parameters through HTML a macro, FitNesse does not have a macro that ties independent functions together and passes these functions parameters without the requirement to know which parameters to pass to which function.
How can you tie seemingly independent features together in FitNesse? Maybe by creating a new test which calls all of the other tests that it depends on? I guess you could create a plugin to FIT that allows mulitple classes and their methods to be registered and to have FIT know when to pass which parameters to which methods.

QA and even the customer needs to have the ability to tie separate features (that were scripted by a more skilled QA engineer) together and feed the new test some data without having to get their hands dirty. It's the customer that creates the business rules.  
Jameleon generates the test case documentation, the test-script (macro), categorizes the test case based on the function points and on a simple test-level that is set, and makes the new case available to the test farm and anyone else based solely on the order of the features grouped together in the test case.

The Jameleon framework and FIT do similar things differently. The difference is that Jameleon's framework is the basis of many more planned features exclusive to the QA world. Currently, only the Jameleon framwork or automated testing engine is done and there are two HTTP plugins available.



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