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Record and Playback a Sample RCP Test

The following describes how to record and playback a UI test for RCP applications:

Prerequisite: This tutorial requires either RCP Developer v2.7.0 and above or WindowTester Pro 2.2.0 and above. 

  1. Import the sample Contact Manager RCP project.
  2. Launch recording session and record user interactions.
  3. Stop recording and save recorded test.
  4. Play back the recorded test.
  5. Slower playback (optional).

1. Import the Contact Manager RCP example project

  • Select File > Import from the main menu.

  • Download sample Contact Manager RCP application
  • Expand WindowTester Pro and select Contact Manager RCP Example ProjectPlease note, this wizard is only available in WindowTester Pro v2.2.0 and above.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Finish. The ContactManagerRCP project is now created in your workspace.

2. Launch recording session and record user interactions

Look for a tool item ( ) that looks like the run arrow with a little console under it (should be next to external tools).

  • From its pull-down menu select "Record Configurations...".



  • Record Configuration
  • In the Record configuration dialog, select Eclipse Application on the left navigation.
  • Click the New icon ( ).
  • Select rcpContactMngr.poduct from the Run a product drop-down.
  • Click the Record button. This will run the Contact Manager application  in recording mode and opens the recording control shown below.

  • Recorder Controller Recording control view
  • To start recording, click on the record button (red ball) in the recorder. Perform user interactions like adding a new contact.In the Contact Manager application, select File > New Contact.

3. Stop recording and save recorded test

To stop recording, close the application. The recorder disappears and a new UI Test dialog opens.

    Save UI Test
  • Enter the name of a test project such as ContactManagerRCPTests. We recommend that tests be placed into a project separate from the code under test. 
  • Create folder automatically if they do not exist - If the Source folder does not exist and this option is checked, it will automatically create the test project with the src and bin folders. If your project structure does not have a separate src and bin folders, uncheck this option and make sure your test project exists.
  • Enter the package name such as com.contactmanager.tests.
  • Enter the name of a test case such as AddContactTest
  • The rest can be default. For more information see the Code generation page.
  • Click Finish to generate this test.

You should now see a test project with the generated test case in your workspace.

4. Play back the recorded test

RCP application UI tests must be run as JUnit Plug-in tests. To playback the test, first create a new JUnit Plugin Test launch configuration.
Test Run Configuration

  • Select the AddContactTest.java class.
  • Select the Run > Run... menu to open the run configuration dialog.
  • Select JUnit Plugin Test on the left navigation.
  • Click the New ( ) icon.
  • Switch to the Main tab.
    Run Configuration Main Tab
  • Select rcpContactMngr.product from the Run a product drop-down.
  • Click Run. This launches the Contact Manager application and runs your test.

5. Slower playback (optional)

You can slow down the playback by enabling the playback delay preference .
Related FAQs: If you're getting ClassCastExceptions or NoClassDefFound errors, see How can I can add my RCP app to my Testing plugin classpath so that I can access classes from my RCP app?

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Adding Assertions (Optional)

Assertions can be generated at recording time using the assertion inspector tool. The assertion inspector is activated by clicking the inspector tool item on the recording controller. See the Assertion Inspector documentation.

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