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Gallio .NET Test Automation Platform

by Al Tenhundfeld on Jul 01, 2008 |
An updated alpha of the Gallio Automation Platform has been released. Gallio is an automation platform targeting .NET test frameworks:
The Gallio Automation Platform is an open, extensible, and neutral system for .NET that provides a common object model, runtime services and tools (such as test runners) that may be leveraged by any number of test frameworks.
Gallio has been developed by the mostly the same team behind the MbUnit test framework. The Gallio project started when the MbUnit developers realized that much of the time required to build a new .NET test framework is spent writing the supporting tools and services. There is little reason for each framework to have custom APIs and tools when the functionality is largely identical. Gallio seeks to remedy this duplicated effort by providing a test automation platform on which others can build.

Despite its early stage of development, Gallio has two potential benefits for the .NET software community. For those who want to write a new test framework, the barrier for entry is lower. If Gallio can meet its extensibility goals, test framework developers should be able to focus more effort on innovating new test patterns and approaches. By writing a Gallio adapter plugin, the new test framework would get the benefit of Gallio's automation services and tools. For those who want to use multiple test frameworks against their code base, Gallio can provide a single integration and automation point. If a development team wants to use MbUnit tests for the data access layer and MSTest for the presentation layer, the Gallio test runner GUI can run both sets of test, and the Gallio CruiseControl.NET task can execute both sets of test as part of a Continuous Integration process.

With the Alpha 3 Update 3 release, Gallio can run tests from MbUnit, MSTest, NBehave, NUnit, and xUnit.Net. According to documentation, Gallio integrates with CCNet, MSBuild, NAnt, NCover, Pex, Powershell, Resharper, TestDriven.Net, TypeMock, and Visual Studio Team System

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