LDTP 0.5.0 released !!!

A Nagappan anagappan at novell.com
Mon Aug 14 18:25:06 CEST 2006

Issue VIII - 10 August 2006

We are proud to announce the release of LDTP 0.5.0. This release
features number of important breakthroughs in the history of LDTP as
well as in the field of Test Automation. This release note covers a
brief introduction on LDTP followed by the list of new features and
major bug fixes which makes this new version of LDTP the best of the
breed. Useful references have been included at the end of this article
for those who wish to hack / use LDTP.

LDTP developers had the privilege of participating in the Google Summer
of Code contest. Special thanks to the mentors of LDTP in the event
Varadhan and Emily Chen. We also thank Prashanth Mohan ('Casanova') for
his wonderful contributions acting as student developer for LDTP as part
of this event.

LDTP Planet has been set up by Prashanth Mohan ('Casanova') for sharing
information more effectively across the community. You can have access
to the planet through the
following link http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/planet/

About LDTP

Linux Desktop Testing Project is aimed at producing high quality test
automation framework and cutting-edge tools that can be used to test
Linux Desktop and improve it. It uses the Accessibility libraries to
poke through the application's user interface. The framework also has
tools to record test-cases based on user events in the interface of the
application which is under testing. We strive to help in building a
quality desktop.

Whats new in this release...

+ Recording using LDTP
This new version of LDTP features a recorder tool which would help in
generating automation scripts automatically by recording user events.
This would greatly reduce the time required for creating and maintaining
automation scripts. Thanks to Venkateswaran ('whacko'), Harishankaran
('sp2hari') and Theyagarajan ('Taggy') for making this happen. For more
information on this please refer to

+ Integration with Tinderbox - LDTP has been integrated with the GNOME
jhbuild. Using this feature one can execute test scripts automatically
at the end of successful
completion of package building using jhbuild. This was done as part of
Google SoC. Thanks to Prashanth Mohan ('Casanova') again for his
wonderful contribution.
Please refer to the following links for more information.
* http://prashblog.be/2006/07/27/ldtp-integrated-into-jhbuild/
* http://www.0d.be/2006/07/25/integrating-ldtp-into-jhbuild/
* http://tieguy.org/blog/2006/07/26/little-bits-of-awesomeness/

+ Automation scripts
* More than 70 new scripts for Gedit has been developed and is available
for download with this release. Kudos to Lakshmi Narasimhan
('narasim_7') and 'addict3d' for their excellent work. You can download
them from http://people.freedesktop.org/~prashmohan/gedit/
* New automation scripts for Evolution are being developed by Prashanth
Mohan ('Casanova') as part of his SoC contribution. These scripts can be
downloaded from http://people.freedesktop.org/~prashmohan/evolution/

+ Documentation updates
LDTP documentation section in the LDTP web site has been updated with
the latest list of automation APIs. Thanks to our maintainer Nagappan
('nags') for his contribution.

+ Bug fixes
This version includes loads of bug fixes to address important issues
like memory leak, API functionality etc., For a detailed list please
refer to release notes section of our project site hosted in
http://ldtp.freedesktop.org. Thanks to all the developers for their

Whats in Store...

+ We are very pleased with the ongoing work on porting LDTP to ARM
platform by people from Palm Source, China. One of their latest
contribution has led to an Object Oriented LDTP approach. It still under
development but you can have a taste of this new recipe by following
this link http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/wiki/Object_2oriented_20LDTP

+ With Google SoC in full steam, we are awaiting more breakthroughs by
our LDTP team pabe downloaded from the
following location http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/wiki/Downloads


For detailed information on LDTP framework and latest updates visit

For information on various APIs in LDTP including those added for this
release can be got from http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/user-doc/index.html

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Nagappan A <anagappan at novell.com>
Linux Desktop Testing Project - http://ldtp.freedesktop.org

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