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This Page describes the architecture we want to obtain for the Scout Test Infrastructure (Testing support: how to test a scout application, but also unit test for Scout RT and SDK). See Scout Roadmap for more information.

Please do not change the title of the sections

Work in progress
This page is for now more a road-map and a TODO list. Goal is to have an overview from the different component instead


The RT Code contains some classes used before JUnit (ITest, AbstractClientTest, AbstractServerTest, ...). This approach should no longer be used.


  • bug 397085: Mark legacy testing support as deprecated


Theses plugins contains classes for testing support: this is a collection of classes (JUnit test runner, Utility, Abstract Test classes…) that can be used to write JUnit tests for Scout Applications.

Naming convention: please do not name the classes with a Test suffix. Prefer TestingSupport or something like that.

List of plugins:

  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.testing.client
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.testing.shared
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.testing.server
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.testing.ui.rap
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.testing.swing
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.testing.swt

This plugins are exposed in a testing feature.

This plugins are also used in the RT.Test fragments (Theses tests are also using JUnit to write tests).


This section covers the tests for the Scout Runtime itself. All modifications are tracked here in bug 402298 (and sub bugs).

Type of tests

The Eclipse Scout test suite is composed of unit tests as well as integration tests:

JUnit Tests

Unit tests are located in a test fragment for the plugin under test.

Naming convention: host bundle name + .test , e.g.

  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.client
    • => org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.test
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.shared
    • => org.eclipse.scout.rt.shared.test
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.server
    • => org.eclipse.scout.rt.server.test

The test classes should be in the same package than the class under test:

  • tests for org.eclipse.scout.commons.CompareUtility
    • => are located in org.eclipse.scout.commons.CompareUtilityTest (located in the org.eclipse.scout.commons.test fragment).

The Abstract prefix can be removed:

  • tests for org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.ui.basic.table.AbstractTable
    • => are located in org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.ui.basic.table.TableTest (located in the org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.test fragment).

These tests use the JUnit testing framework and are executed by maven-tycho during the build.

  • Plain JUnit: These are the classical JUnit tests for methods which do not have to be run within the Scout / Equinox context and therefore do not require any Scout services.
  • JUnit with Equinox Context: These JUnit tests are responsible for checking the functions and operations of the Scout client model and of the Scout server. These tests need to be run within a Scout / Equinox context. They use the JUnit annotation @RunWith combined with the Scout TestRunner.

To install the Scout context, the CustomClientTestEnvironment and CustomServerTestEnvironment are used used. These classes are in the plugins:

  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.testenvironment
  • org.eclipse.scout.rt.server.testenvironment

This means that

  • Each test fragment using ScoutClientTestRunner depends on org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.testenvironment.
  • Each test fragment using ScoutServerTestRunner depends on org.eclipse.scout.rt.server.testenvironment

Test requiring an OS with graphical layer

Those tests are exactly the same as the one of the first type, but they use libraries (Swing, AWT, SWT…) requiring a graphical layer in the operating system.

All the same rules apply to these tests, but we use a other suffix. Instead of using just Test we use UiTest.

We do not mix the test of the first category with this one, because we want to be able to skip these tests if the maven build is triggered on a computer without a graphical layer. If maven is executed on a command-line terminal, the JUnit tests that require an Operating System with a graphical layer need to be ignored.

specify the Maven profiles


Another alternative on computers without a graphical layer is to use a virtual graphical layer like xvfb or xVNC. See pointer by cloudbees: Testing GUI applications

Integration tests

These tests operate on another level. They are also executed as JUnit test, but they operate on the forms and widgets directly. They need a complete application; often a server and they use the computer controls (they move the mouse, they emulate a key,…).

It should be a possibility to trigger this test with different UIs (SWT, Swing with different Look and Feel, RAP…) different Java Version and in the best case with different operating system.

It is not so clear, if this integration tests needs to be built on each platform or if they can share some bin files.

Long term vision

Plain JUnit is the preferred way (state of the art, faster during execution, easier to set up…). This is something we need to consider.

The long term vision for Eclipse Scout is that most of the code can be tested with plain JUnit. To achieve the goal, the static Utility classes (SERVICES, TEXTS, ...) should not be used. Instead of getting the instance (dependency Lookup), the code should use the correct interface directly and let someone else provide it (could also be with dependency injection).

Here a small example:

This code requires a an Eclipse Equinox Context:

class Foo {
    public void doBar() throws ProcessingException {

This code can be tested with plain JUnit:

class Foo {
   private IFooService service;
   Foo(IFooService service) {
     this.service = service;
    public void doBar() throws ProcessingException {

Coding/Naming convention

  • Fragment name should be: <plugin name>+".test" without ".fragment". (example org.eclipse.scout.rt.client.test for org.eclipse.scout.rt.client)
  • JavaDoc:

On top of each class, at least:

 * JUnit tests for {@link <class name>}
 * @since 3.9.0

  • Fixture:

When tests need additional java Object, they are added in a fixture sub-package.

See example: org.eclipse.scout.commons.ConfigurationUtilityTest uses:

  • org.eclipse.scout.commons.fixture.A
  • org.eclipse.scout.commons.fixture.AbstractC

See also What Is a JUnit Test Fixture?


Same approach as the RT.Test but for the SDK.


  • Create the necessary plugins/fragments
  • Create a POC: some tests + maven/tycho build that execute the tests (depending on the hardware).

SDK Test support

Setting-up all the plugins to test a scout application is not easy. For the moment this operation is achieve by hand. This know-how should be integrated in the Scout SDK, so that it becomes simple to start writing tests for a scout application.


  • bug 394136: Create test infrastructure when creating a Scout project

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