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Instantiations WindowTester Pro Automates Java GUI Testing

Eclipse-based tool virtually eliminates hand-coding GUI tests for popular Java Swing and SWT frameworks

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- EclipseCon 2007 -- Instantiations, Inc., a leading provider of software quality and productivity solutions, today announced the release of WindowTester(TM) Pro 2.0. An Eclipse-based software development product, the new product streamlines the testing of Java client applications making it easier to create richer, more consistent and reliable user interfaces. The new product is based on the market-proven WindowTester technology contained in Instantiations' RCP Developer.

As software development cycles shrink from months to weeks, automated, reliable GUI testing becomes increasingly necessary to meet customer expectations and software quality goals. Manual GUI testing is time-consuming, labor-intensive and expensive and is usually left until the end of the development process. Manual testing depends on individuals following a set of complex directions, making the results inconsistent and often unrepeatable. Finding software "bugs" late in the development cycle is no longer a choice. It delays product rollout and increases the cost of enterprise and shrink- wrapped software products.

"Since we started using WindowTester, tests that took 2-3 weeks to write previously can now be done in 2-3 days," said Steve Tocco, director of quality assurance Workshop unit at BEA Systems.

"Developers resist GUI testing because it's complex, time-consuming and diffuses their focus on product development," said Dan Rubel, chief technology officer, Instantiations, Inc. "WindowTester reduces both the testing complexity and time needed. And it frees them to build quality applications because it automates recording, test generation, code coverage and playback of GUI to application interactions rather than requiring time-consuming, hand- crafted and high-maintenance test code."

"In terms of our investment in the WindowTester tool, we believe the cost of the licensing is greatly worth the enhancement and efficiency gained so far," said Bill Roth, vice president Workshop unit, BEA Systems.

The WindowTester approach is based on the JUnit standard so it takes advantage of the native Eclipse test framework. By offering greater flexibility in test development, maintenance and access to Java code, WindowTester is superior to existing alternatives, such as Abbot or the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) that only support a single Java platform. WindowTester Pro supports Microsoft Windows, Linux (GTK) and installs easily into any Eclipse-based development environment. It's equally easy to integrate with automated build systems like Ant, Cruise Control or Maven.

"WindowTester Pro operates similarly to the window testing function in RCP Developer that our customers are familiar with," said Rubel. "However, WindowTester Pro supports automated GUI testing for both popular Java GUI frameworks, Swing and SWT, and promises to be a more complete Eclipse GUI testing environment for enterprises."

Price and Availability

WindowTester Pro 2.0 is available immediately and in several configurations to meet different customer needs. For users who prefer more flexibility or a lower initial investment, the company offers a per developer subscription price of $319 (USD) a year for the WindowTester Tools Library(TM). The yearly subscription provides access to all the product tools available in the library -- including WindowTester Pro, WindowTester SWT and WindowTester Swing -- as well as upgrades and technical support.

For users who prefer a standard software license agreement, Instantiations offers WindowTester Pro separately for $799 (USD) per seat license. WindowTester SWT and WindowTester Swing are each available separately for a $499 (USD) per seat license. Annual support for these products costs 25 percent of the first year's price.

For additional information or pricing on this product, please contact our sales department at (800) 808-3737 or by email at [email protected]. The products and free 14-day evaluations may be downloaded immediately from the company's web site at http://www.instantiations.com/windowtester/.

About Instantiations

Instantiations, Inc. provides leading-edge software products, services and technologies for Eclipse, Java and Smalltalk. The company offers high-value, high-ROI professional development environments and engineering consulting services that focus on improving software quality and developer productivity. Instantiations is a member of the Eclipse Foundation and offers a line of products for Eclipse, IBM Rational and WebSphere Studio, and MyEclipse. Based in Portland, Ore., Instantiations was founded in 1997 by a team of internationally recognized pioneers in component software technology. For more information, visit http://www.instantiations.com/. Or call the company at (800) 808-3737.

WindowTester, WindowBuilder, and RCP Developer are trademarks of Instantiations, Inc. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.

Instantiations, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Johnson of Instantiations, Inc., +1-503-598-4909,
[email protected]; or Martin Middlewood, +1-360-882-1164,
[email protected], for Instantiations, Inc.

Web site: http://www.instantiations.com/

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