Program Test & Validation
Test Business Process & Review Results
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  Introduction
  SimoTime Test Systems
  Directory Structure
  Build a Test System
  Batch Testing
  Functional Testing
  Performance Testing
  Guidelines & Test Cases
  An Enterprise System Model
  A Distributed System Architecture
  Application Evolution
  Application Testing
  Summary
  Software Agreement and Disclaimer
  Downloads and Links
  Current Server or Internet Access
  Internet Access Required
  Glossary of Terms
  Comments or Feedback
  Company Overview

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Introduction

This purpose of this document is to provide an introduction and overview of various approaches to functional and performance testing for business applications. This document includes a description of how to test business processes and review results using data validation and file compare methodologies.

This suite of documents and technologies is intended for use by individuals that are involved in projects that include the following tasks.

1. Create or Improve the process of “Unit and Regression” testing.
2. Create or Improve the process of “Tracking and Reviewing” the results of a testing cycle using batch job summarization techniques along with data validation and data file compare methodologies.
3. Management of non-relational data structures (i.e. Tradition Sequential Files, VSAM Data Sets, PDS’s, GDG’s and more).
4. Create and document processes for managing Data Structures including record definitions for fixed and variable length files, EBCDIC and ASCII encoding used with US and International Character sets, various numeric formats that are used in COBOL-oriented application and more.
5. Extracting (and possibly reformatting) information from non-relational data structures for use in Relation Data Bases including Access and Excel.
6. Data Management and Application Processing Alternatives that include Redeploying Applications across systems of different architectures and Transferring data between systems.
7. Navigating through the various file format and record content conversions that may be required based on the capabilities, requirements and idiosyncrasies of the current and new system of residence.
8. Build a "File Properties Repository" for non-relational data structure definitions.
9. Automate the process of creating or rebuilding the catalog entries for Micro Focus Enterprise Server.
10. and more…

Many of the test cases use a Windows System with Micro Focus Enterprise Server. However, the concepts and techniques may be ported to a ZOS Mainframe System or a Linux or UNIX System using Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Note:  At SimoTime the initial testing is done on the following systems.
The unit testing is done on a Windows System with Micro Focus Enterprise Developer configured for an ASCII-encoded environment.
The Regression Testing is done on a Windows System with Micro Focus Enterprise Server configured for an ASCII-encoded environment.


We have made a significant effort to ensure the documents and software technologies are correct and accurate. We reserve the right to make changes without notice at any time. The function delivered in this version is based upon the enhancement requests from a specific group of users. The intent is to provide changes as the need arises and in a timeframe that is dependent upon the availability of resources.

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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section SimoTime Test Systems

The following documents and descriptions refer to the actual tests systems that are installed in the SimoTime development and testing environments. The following "Test Cases" execute on these systems.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Directory Structure

The following is an overview of the directory structure used for the SimoTime Test Systems.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore a Directory Structure for a TEST Environment that supports the execution of business applications using Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Build a Test System

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Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore how to create a new application testing environment using a scripted process that may be executed on a scheduled basis or on demand. This process uses a Windows Command File and runs on a Windows System with Micro Focus Enterprise Developer.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Batch Testing

WIP

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Functional Testing

The objective of functional testing is to obtain the desired business result. A baseline of "expected" results is usually established by executing a job in a controlled environment and manually validating the results. Once a baseline is established then future regression testing can be validated by programmatically comparing the "actual" results with the "expected" results.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Performance Testing

Performance testing is done once the functional testing has been validated. This document will demonstrate and describe how to establish a set of baseline performance metrics by calculating elapsed time for batch jobs from information extracted from the Micro Focus JES output.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore How to Calculate Elapsed Processing Times that will be used as a baseline reference when processing small, medium and large data files. This test case is intended for the Micro Focus Server environment and requires the SIMOTIME Library to be installed.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Guidelines & Test Cases

This suite of programs and documentation provides additional Guidelines, White Papers and Test Cases that describe and demonstrate practical "How to" examples.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore information about preparing an environment and running the SimoTime sample programs. The techniques used in this effort may be used as a model when moving, sharing, accessing or processing applications and data across a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section An Enterprise System Model

This document describes and demonstrates how the SimoTime Applications that run on a Mainframe System were copied and deployed in a Microsoft Windows environment with Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore An Enterprise System Model that describes and demonstrates how Applications that were running on a Mainframe System and non-relational data that was located on the Mainframe System were copied and deployed in a Microsoft Windows environment with Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section A Distributed System Architecture

The following shows a very simple overview of the systems required to support an application or suite of applications running in a distributed architecture.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore a Distributed System Architecture that will provide a foundation to run an application or suite of applications that is currently running on a Mainframe System.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Application Evolution

The following shows a typical Application Life Cycle or the Application Evolution process from conception to retirement.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore the evolution of application software from conception to retirement. This document includes an overview of how to setup a Development, Test and Production environment on a Windows System using Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Application Testing

The following will describe and demonstrate how to create an environment for Application Regression Testing on a Windows Platform. The Test Cases used in this scenario were downloaded from a z/OS Mainframe System. Also included is a process for reviewing the results using the JES logs and a Data File Compare program.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore How to Create an Application Testing Environment on a Windows System using Micro Focus technology.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Summary

The purpose of this document is to assist as a tutorial for new programmers or as a quick reference for experienced programmers that are interested in redeploying or migrating applications (and associated data) across systems of different architectures. Links to additional documents, programming examples and professional services are provided.

In the world of programming there are many ways to solve a problem. This document and the links to other documents are intended to provide a greater awareness of the Data Management and Application Processing alternatives.

The documentation and software were developed and tested on systems that are configured for a SIMOTIME environment based on the hardware, operating systems, user requirements and security requirements. Therefore, adjustments may be needed to execute the jobs and programs when transferred to a system of a different architecture or configuration.

SIMOTIME Services has experience in moving or sharing data or application processing across a variety of systems. For additional information about SIMOTIME Services or Technologies please send an e-mail to: helpdesk@simotime.com or call 415 883-6565. We appreciate hearing from you.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Software Agreement and Disclaimer

Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software, documentation or training material for any purpose requires a fee to be paid to SimoTime Technologies. Once the fee is received by SimoTime the latest version of the software, documentation or training material will be delivered and a license will be granted for use within an enterprise, provided the SimoTime copyright notice appear on all copies of the software. The SimoTime name or Logo may not be used in any advertising or publicity pertaining to the use of the software without the written permission of SimoTime Technologies.

SimoTime Technologies makes no warranty or representations about the suitability of the software, documentation or learning material for any purpose. It is provided "AS IS" without any expressed or implied warranty, including the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. SimoTime Technologies shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages resulting from the loss of use, data or projects, whether in an action of contract or tort, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this software, documentation or training material.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Downloads and Links

This section includes links to documents with additional information that are beyond the scope and purpose of this document.

Note: A SimoTime License is required for the items to be made available on a local system or server.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Current Server or Internet Access

The following links may be to the current server or to the Internet.

Note: The latest versions of the SimoTime Documents and Program Suites are available on the Internet and may be accessed using the Link to Internet icon. If a user has a SimoTime Enterprise License the Documents and Program Suites may be available on a local server and accessed using the Link to Server icon.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore An Enterprise System Model that describes and demonstrates how Applications that were running on a Mainframe System and non-relational data that was located on the Mainframe System were copied and deployed in a Microsoft Windows environment with Micro Focus Enterprise Server.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore the COBOL Connection for more examples of COBOL programming techniques and sample code.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore an Extended List of Software Technologies that are available for review and evaluation. The software technologies (or Z-Packs) provide individual programming examples, documentation and test data files in a single package. The Z-Packs are usually in zip format to reduce the amount of time to download.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore The ASCII and EBCDIC Translation Tables. These tables are provided for individuals that need to better understand the bit structures and differences of the encoding formats.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore The File Status Return Codes to interpret the results of accessing VSAM data sets and/or QSAM files.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Internet Access Required

The following links will require an internet connection.

A good place to start is The SimoTime Home Page for access to white papers, program examples and product information. This link requires an Internet Connection

Explore The Micro Focus Web Site for more information about products and services available from Micro Focus. This link requires an Internet Connection.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Glossary of Terms

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore the Glossary of Terms for a list of terms and definitions used in this suite of documents and white papers.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Comments or Feedback

This document was created and is copyrighted and maintained by SimoTime Technologies.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments or feedback please call or send an e-mail to: helpdesk@simotime.com

We appreciate hearing from you.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Company Overview

SIMOTIME Technologies was founded in 1987 and is a privately owned company. We specialize in the creation and deployment of business applications using new or existing technologies and services. We have a team of individuals that understand the broad range of technologies being used in today's environments. Our customers include small businesses using Internet technologies to corporations using very large mainframe systems.

Quite often, to reach larger markets or provide a higher level of service to existing customers it requires the newer Internet technologies to work in a complementary manner with existing corporate mainframe systems. We specialize in preparing applications and the associated data that are currently residing on a single platform to be distributed across a variety of platforms.

Preparing the application programs will require the transfer of source members that will be compiled and deployed on the target platform. The data will need to be transferred between the systems and may need to be converted and validated at various stages within the process. SIMOTIME has the technology, services and experience to assist in the application and data management tasks involved with doing business in a multi-system environment.

Whether you want to use the Internet to expand into new market segments or as a delivery vehicle for existing business functions or need assistance with converting non-relational data structures simply give us a call at 415 883-6565 or check the web site at http://www.simotime.com


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