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This was a question that we were recently asked, specifically if it could be driven by Cucumber. Some initial research showed that it was possible but then we stopped and thought 'hang on a second – why?'

Indeed, why? Cucumber is primarily a developer tool and is not promoted as a testing tool, whereas Rational Integration Tester is. Rational Integration Tester also requires no coding, unlike Cucumber, and projects can be uploaded and used in HP Quality Center so a suite of tests can be run.

We felt that because Rational Integration Tester is a licensed, testing tool, it will be dedicated to testing, whereas an open-source tool such as Cucumber may be amended in such a way that it cannot be used for testing. It is a straight forward process to create and execute a test in Rational Integration Tester; Cucumber requires a developer who can write code (in the Gherkin language) in order to execute the test.

If you spend the extra for a Rational Integration Tester license, you'll receive a dedicated testing tool with access to a support team who can help with any issues you may encounter, such as the WS Security issue we previously experienced.

Posted by:jonathan
jonathan
Consultant, StarBase
Jon joined StarBase as a graduate in 2011. His main areas of expertise are in using HP performance testing tools such as ALM and LoadRunner, but he also has experience using IBM’s Rational Test Workbench (formerly Green Hat Tester), which he has used when working for high profile clients in sectors including financial services. He has also been involved in research into new testing tools and methodology and has developed training materials for newer recruits to the company.

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