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Author's profile photo Andreas Gautsch

Keeping the actual ABAP unit test state in the foreground

One of the target of the plugin ABAP Continuous Integration with Eclipse is the automation of regular tasks. One of these tasks is the continuous feedback about the actual state of the unit tests in the ABAP system. This is done automatically after each save of an ABAP development object.

One new feature recently added is the possibilty to visualize the actual state of the unit tests with a small view that can be placed somewhere on the screen, for example in the left bottom corner of the ABAP in Eclipse environment as shown below.

The view can be found under Window->Show View->Other, under the category ABAP Continuous Integration. The name of  the view is ABAP CI Dashboard.

The only, but hopefully very useful functionality of this view, is to visualize the actual test state of the unit tests permanent in the forefront.The states are:

Output Reason
Unit tests not completed unit tests could not be performed
Unit testrun has failures at least one unit test has an assertion failure
Unit testrun successful all unit tests run as expected


Additionally there is a checkbox “Change theme layout on failed tests” available in the Eclipse preferences for this plugin. When activated, failing tests are indicated by highlighting the current editor with a yellow header background. A prerequisite for this feature is the installation of the plugin “Eclipse Color Theme”.  There seems to be still some problems with the theme change especially when using Eclipse Oxygen.

But keeping in mind that this plugin is under develoment I hope you get some value out of using it and do not get too disappointed if the one or the other bug crosses your way.


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