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Eclipse Testing Day 2012


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Date, time and venue

The Eclipse Testing Day 2012 will take place on 5th September 2012 from 8.30am to 5pm, followed by an evening reception

The day will be hosted in the Commundo Tagungshotel Darmstadt (the same venue as in 2010)

About the Testing Day

This year marks the third Eclipse Testing Day. The event is organised by BREDEX GmbH and the Eclipse Foundation and will take place over the course of one day. The focus is on testing with, for and at Eclipse.

Topics of interest include:

  1. Testing Eclipse applications
  2. Testing within the Eclipse Ecosystem
  3. Testing on Eclipse Projects
  4. Design for testability in Eclipse
  5. Case studies of testing projects
  6. Eclipse tooling and technology for the test process
  7. Testing as a part of the application lifecycle
  8. Continuous integration and testing for Eclipse applications

The topic for this year's testing day is "Testing and Beyond". The program committee has put together a format that consists of traditional talks on the topics above, as well as a set of lightning talks from areas "beyond" testing and a panel discussion with experts from the Eclipse and testing communities. 


The day will begin with registration at 8.00 am. The agenda for the rest of the day will be:

Registration opens


9.00 - 9.45
Testing of Eclipse RCP based Products
Manuel Bork, Yatta Solutions GmbH
Cutting the right corners: Achieving the balance between effort and payoff for GUI test automation,
Alexandra Schladebeck, BREDEX GmbH
Coffee Break

Java Development with Contracts in Eclipse
Ben Romberg and Stefan Schürle, Andrena Objects AG
11.45 - 12.30
Iterative Model Based Generation of Test Cases for Graphical User Interfaces
Raimar Buhmann and Johannes Bürdek, TU Braunschweig and BREDEX GmbH

eDeltaMBT - Delta oriented Model-based Software Product Line Testing
Sascha Lity, Malte Lochau and Ina Schäfer, TU Braunschweig

Testing for Tool Qualification in Eclipse

Dr. Oscar Slotosh, Validas AG

Coffee break

Panel discussion (see details below)

Panel discussion

This year, the program committee want to improve the interaction possiblities for participants. To get everyone talking and learning from each other, we've organised a panel of experts to answer questions on the the topic of "asymmetric testing". We are pleased to welcome our panel members:

  • Michaela Greiler, TU Delft
  • Dr. Frank Simon, SQS AG
  • TBC

Asymmetric testing: Leveraging the power of the community

One of the particularities of open source software is the stark difference between the amount of users compared to the amount of developers / team members. For a development team with only a handful of core members, uncountable users in the community are acting as testers – putting the software through its paces for standard and less-common use cases, updating to new versions, working in different environments. Each community member can enter bug reports, patches and enhancement requests.

The size difference between the development team and the user community leads to the concept of asymmetric testing. In a thriving community such as the Eclipse community, the relative sizes of project teams to users can be staggering.

What are the effects of asymmetric testing on the software process? What benefits or disadvantages does it have? What can non-open-source projects learn from this type of testing to improve their quality? What could open source projects do better to improve their testing and user experience?

The Eclipse Testing Day Program Committee has put together a panel of speakers from different areas of testing expertise. Over the course of the discussion, the audience has the chance to ask questions about testing and listen to answers from these various perspectives. The aim of the discussions is to learn more about the factors influencing testing and to find out how to choose suitable strategies for individual projects.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Structured vs. unstructured testing
  • Continuous / frequent delivery vs. long delivery cycles
  • Agile vs. traditional testing - Open testing (community, betas) vs. closed testing
  • Certification vs. experience
  • Automatic vs. manual testing
  • Scripted vs. exploratory testing
  • Separate testers vs. integrated testers
  • Safety critical testing vs. business application testing

We’re looking forward to a lively discussion! If you have questions that you would like our moderator to ask, then contact the team using the address below.You will also be able to add your questions during registration.

Call for papers now closed

The Call for Papers is now closed, and the program committee will publish their decision in the coming week.

Program committee

  • Ralph Müller, Eclipse Foundation
  • Hans-Joachim Brede, BREDEX GmbH
  • Dr. Ina Schaefer, TU Braunschweig
  • Matthias Kempka, EclipseSource


  • September 2011 Call for Sponsors begins
  • February 2011 Program Committee announced
  • March 2012 Call for Papers begins
  • 31st May June 8th 2012 Call for Papers closed
  • July 2012 Speakers informed and registration opens
  • 5th September 2012 Testing Day


The Testing Day is a non-profit event. Ticket prices will be calculated to cover the costs of the day, and will include catering. We will be offering a discount for Eclipse members, and a limited amount of discounted tickets for students.

Be a sponsor

As in previous years, the Testing Day will be supported by sponsors and supporting organizations. There are various options for sponsorship of the Eclipse Testing Day 2012.

See the Sponsoring Page for details.

Sponsors and supporting organizations

The Eclipse Testing Day is made possible by sponsors and supporting organizations. If you would like to sponsor, see the Sponsoring Page for details.




BREDEX GmbH is software development and consulting company based in Braunschweig, Germany. Alongside individual customer software development, they are also behind the Jubula Functional Testing Tool Project at Eclipse and GUIdancer, Jubula's commercial counterpart. BREDEX GmbH became strategic members of the Eclipse Foundation in 2010.

GFB Softwareentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Recurring tasks and processes lead people to take a closer look into a particular problem area. With years of practical experience, we have decided to develop innovative software solutions in such key areas using our expertise. These solutions are tailored to the needs of professional users and help them to work in a more efficient and safer manner. To this end, GFB Softwareentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a 100% subsidiary of GFB IT Consulting and Services GmbH was founded. The consulting firm, formed in 1997, has many years of experience in software testing and quality management.

Quality improvement through automation. GFB with its standard software Q-up supports the automated generation of test data. Based on a customer-specific test data strategy Q-up realizes time and cost savings for increased data quality throughout the entire life cycle of your IT applications.

Diaz & Hilterscheid GmbH

Díaz & Hilterscheid offers worldwide professional consultancy services and IT solutions in business-related and technical projects within the financial sector and industry.

In the areas of financial services, IT management and quality services and computer law, our all-encompassing process covers everything from the analysis to the design and the release into production.

As an accredited training provider we give staff training courses in several languages on the subject of quality assurance.

The conferences organized by Díaz & Hilterscheid are a meeting place for international visitors, exhibitors and renowned presenters from the industry sector. The Testing Experience magazine has hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide.

Verit Informationssysteme GmbH

verit Informationssysteme GmbH is a software company based in Kaiserslautern. The company develops software in the Java and Eclipse environments and specializes in software quality assurance.

verit develops and distributes tools for software test automation and test management:

PETA-Testautomation is an Eclipse-based solution for testing distributed software systems. PETA tests interfaces at the protocol level and is is suited for use with applications with no GUI.

Klaros-Testmanagement assists in the collection, management and evaluation of all testing related data.

froglogic GmbH

froglogic is a software company based in Hamburg, Germany with representatives in the USA and partners and customers all over the world. froglogic's flagship product is Squish, the professional automated functional testing tool for GUI applications based on several GUI technologies (such as Qt, Java Swing, Java RCP/SWT, native Windows, .NET Forms, Mac OS X Cocoa/Carbon, Web/HTML/AJAX, iOS iPhone and iPad) running on a variety of platforms such as Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac OS X. Support for testing of Android and Flash/Flex applications is in the works.

Supporting Organizations

Professional Tester

Testing Experience



Registration will take place via Eventbrite. The registration page will be linked once registration is opened.


For more information email the Eclipse Testing Team

Previous Testing Days

Eclipse Testing Day 2010

Eclipse Testing Day 2011

Round-up of the Eclipse Testing Day 2011

BREDEX Blog Round-Up

Matthias Kempka (EclipseSource)'s Round-Up

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