IBM Rational Functional Tester 8.5 has been made generally available and contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.
|This section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.|
|This section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.|
|This section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.|
|This section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.|
|This section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.|
|This section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.|
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|Click to review a complete list of the defects (APARs) resolved in this release including a list of resolved defects for the entire version family.|
If you are installing or upgrading Rational Functional Tester on Microsoft Windows, to use the .NET Scripting feature, you must copy msvcp71.dll into the System32 directory (C:\Windows\System32), if it is not already available. You can copy the msvcp71.dll file from any other Windows operating system such as Windows XP or download it from Internet.
Before you update Rational Functional Tester, close the Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio IDEs, as well as any open Web browsers, and all other applications that are enabled by Functional Tester.
For information about installing Rational Functional Tester, version 8.5, see Installing Rational Functional Tester.
Note: To install version 8.5, the minimum required version of IBM Installation Manager 184.108.40.206 is required.
Rational Functional Tester help is included with the product. You can also connect to the ibm.com site and access the information center help. See Accessing help in Rational Functional Tester versions 8.2.2 and later in the Rational Functional Tester Information Center.
Note: It is recommended that you access information center help from the ibm.com website. After installing Rational Functional Tester version 8.5, complete these steps:
- Start Rational Functional Tester.
- Click Window and then click Preferences.
- In the Preferences dialog box, expand Help in the left panel, and then click Content.
- In the Content page, select the RFT 8.5 Infocenter row and then click Enable.
- Click Apply and then click OK.
- Restart Rational Functional Tester, and view the help.
Installing Rational Functional Tester 8.5 .NET 2010 help
If you have installed Rational Functional Tester 8.5 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET Integration, you must install Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET help manually.
- After installing Rational Functional Tester 8.5 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET Integration, open Rational Functional Tester, click Help and then click Manage Help Settings. This opens the Visual Studio Help Library Manager.
- Select the Install content from disk option.
- Click Browse and select the
helpcontentsetup.mshafile that is available by default in the
Rational Functional Tester installation directory\IBM\SDP\FunctionalTester\vsnet\MSDNHelp\VS2010directory. The help manifest files for other translations are found within the locale folders available in the
VS2010directory. Click Next.
- Select RFT and click Add. The Update button is enabled.
- Click Update. You are prompted to confirm the installation. Click Yes. The Rational Functional Tester .NET help is installed as local help for Visual Studio 2010.
Note: To view the Rational Functional Tester .NET Scripting help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, you must enable the local help option in the Help Library Manager.
Tip: To view the complete table of contents of the installed local help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, install the Visual Studio Help Keyword Index plug-in that is available from the Microsoft website. Alternatively, you can upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 to view help in the Microsoft Help Viewer.
|Rational Functional Tester 8.5 Release Notes||English||26477|
|Rational Functional Tester 8.5 Installation Guide||English||9934|
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How critical is this fix?
|This release is a service release of Rational Functional Tester. It contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.|
Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.
Known side effects
|PM87452||While testing Dojo applications, actions on grid rows 25 or later are recorded incorrectly.|
|PM89978||The hasFocus() method always returns false on a Windows combo box.|
|PM77402||When multiple JRE versions are installed on a browser, Rational Functional Tester always uses the latest JRE version even if the version is not enabled.|
|PM88383||The documentation for configuring Flex runtimeloader needs correction.|
|PM79639||When multiple tabs are opened on Google Chrome or on unsupported Mozilla Firefox browsers, script playback on Java applications is slow.|
|PM77056||It is not possible to filter the test verdict of XML playback result logs.|
|PM77401||The getDomains() method does not return the correct domain with manual and automatic enablement.|
|PM77594||It is not possible to open datapools on Japanese installations of Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Integration.|
|PM86882||If the function keys are remapped on Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications terminal type VT-220, the extension becomes unresponsive after remap.|
|PM87087||During playback, Rational Functional Tester is unable to select values from a list if the value to be selected is not visible.|
|PM81321||The TestObjectFinder.findByPropertySet() method fails to find testobjects.|
|PM84201||The find() API takes more than 10 times longer on Google Chrome browsers than on Internet Explorer browsers.|
|PM88699||Errors occur when the -compile option is used from the command line.|
|PM84477||The HtmlBrowser object of the Google Chrome browser does not have any property.|
|PM79717||The Functional Show Checkouts view does not open Java files.|
- Dojo 1.7 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of HTML applications built using Dojo 1.7 toolkit..
- Adobe Flex 4.5 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of Adobe Flex 4.5 applications.
- Microsoft .NET 4.5 supportRational Functional Tester supports the testing of applications built with Microsoft .NET 4.5.
- Adobe PDF 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of Adobe PDF read-only documents that are displayed in stand-alone mode or in a browser.
- Generation of the system report: Rational Functional Tester provides the ability to generate the Functional Tester System Report, which captures vital system information that can be used to troubleshoot problems that you encounter.
- Eclipse 4.2 and 4.2.2 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of 32-bit Eclipse 4.2 and 4.2.2 applications.
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Problems (APARS) fixed