Action

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1 Actions

Actions perform tasks (for example, entering text in a text box widget). They work like building blocks for test cases. A test case executes the test steps containing actions. An action can contain multiple actions.

Unlike a test case, an action cannot run on its own.

In ATS, you create a new action by going to Test Cases in the navigation menu and then clicking New Action in the Actions drop-down menu in the Repository tab. A dialog box then opens where you give your action a name and an optional description. After you have created the new action, click its name and the Action Details page open.

Another way to create a new action is to extract an action out of test steps from a test case. For more information on how to extract an action, see the “Extract Action, Copy, Paste, Delete” section of Test Case Reference.

2 Action Details

In the upper-left corner of the Action Details page, you can find the name and the description of the action. To change these, click them and edit the text. ATS saves the changes automatically.

In the upper-right corner of the page, you can find the Export drop-down menu, where you can export the action definition. This creates an XML file, which you can then import into another ATS project.

2.1 Test Steps

Test Steps describe the actions that ATS performs. You add new test steps by searching for an action in the Add step box.

Another way of adding test steps to a test case is to use the recorder by clicking Record. For more information, see Recorder.

Click the test step description to open the test step details. For more information, see Test Step.

2.2 Settings

Under the Settings tab, set the Input Parameters and Output Parameters of the action. These optional parameters pass values to the action or return the outcome of an action.

2.2.1 Input Parameters

An input parameter is a value that you use inside your action. The input parameter is shown as an action parameter of a test step. An action can have multiple optional or required input parameters, but it can only have one output parameter.

The following table describes the buttons under Input Parameters:

Button Label Description
New Creates a new input parameter. This opens a dialog box where you give the input parameter a name and an optional description and then set the input parameter properties.
Edit Opens the editor for a selected input parameter.
Delete Deletes the selected input parameter.
Up Swaps the order of the selected input parameter with the input parameter above.
Down Swaps the order of the selected input parameter with the input parameter below.

To create a new input parameter, click the New button below Input Parameters. This opens a dialog box where you give the input parameter a name and an optional description.

Under Properties, you see the extra settings for the input parameter:

Property Name Description
Datatype The specified data type of the input parameter.
Show as password If set to Yes, ATS displays the value of the input parameter as asterisks.
Required/Optional If set to Required, the user must set the input parameter in the test step details. Otherwise, ATS does not execute the action.

2.2.2 Output Parameter

An output parameter is the outcome of an action. Each action has a maximum of one output parameter. ATS uses output parameters to make the outcome of an action available to other actions or test steps.

To set an output parameter, click Set under Output Parameter. The following input fields will appear:

Name Description
Name The name for the output parameter.
Description An optional description for the output parameter.
Datatype The data type of the output parameter.

To pass the outcome of your action to the output parameter, you must use the Set Return Value action in your test case. ATS uses the input value of the Set Return Value action as the output parameter of the current action.

If you want to remove the output parameter from your action, click Remove.

3 Show Usages

The Show Usages tab gives an overview of all the other actions used in the current action. Besides that, it also shows other actions and test cases that use the current action.