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How to: Create Set Up and Tear Down Logic for a Test Case [AX 2012]

Updated: January 4, 2012

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft Dynamics AX includes a framework to create, run, analyze, and organize test cases. Test cases can be organized into test suites. Your testing needs may require specific logic to run before the test or suite of tests is run. Additionally, you may require that logic will run to tear down the test or suite of tests environment. The development environment in Microsoft Dynamics AX provides the ability to stage data before and after a test case or suite of test cases runs.

For information about how to create, run, analyze and organize test cases, see How to: Create a Test Case, How to: Run a Test Case, How to: Display Test Case Results, and How to: Organize Test Cases.

As the number of test methods grows for a test case or in a suite of test cases, you may have to create setUp and tearDown methods. All of your test methods will call these methods to set up and stage data. Determine what should go into the setup method by looking at the test methods to see what code could be reused. In this example, each test method creates an instance of a class. This section provides the steps to create a setUp method for a test case and provides code to create an instance of the Employee class. For a complete list of the steps to create this example, see Walkthrough: Testing a Class Using the Unit Test Framework.

To create a setUp method

  1. Open a Microsoft Dynamics AX development workspace.

  2. Press CTRL+D to open the Application Object Tree (AOT).

  3. Find the test class that you want to create a setUp method for.

  4. Right-click the test class, point to Override Method, and then click setUp.

  5. Add the following code to create an instance of an Employee class in the setUp method.

    public void setUp()
    {
        // Create an employee instance to use in test cases.
        employee = new Employee("your name");
        super();
    }
    
    NoteNote

    This method will now be called before each test method is called.

This section provides the steps to create a tearDown method for a test case.

To create a tearDown method

  1. In the AOT, find the test class that you want to create a tearDown method for.

  2. Right-click the test class, point to Override Method, and then click tearDown.

  3. Add the following code to run after a test method executes.

    public void tearDown()
    {
        print 'Test method cleaning called...';
        super();
    }
    
    NoteNote

    This method will now be called after each test method is called.

Depending on your testing needs, other options for setting up tests and staging data exist. You may only need the setUp and tearDown method logic to execute one time for a group of test cases. You can create a test suite and add the setUp and tearDown methods at the suite level.

To add setUp and tearDown methods at the test suite level

  1. In the AOT, right-click the Classes node and then click New Class.

  2. Double-click the new class to open the Code Editor and change the code to the following.

    public class EmployeeSuite extends SysTestSuite
    {
    }
    
  3. In the AOT, right-click EmployeeSuite, and then point to Override Method. Select the setUp or tearDown method and include the code that you want to run before or after the suite of tests.

    NoteNote

    The setUp and tearDown methods are called one time. Create a suite when you need to call setup or data staging logic before a group of tests that should only run one time. For information about how to add a test case to a test suite, see How to: Organize Test Cases.

Additionally, you can set the isolation level of a test suite. The isolation level of a test suite varies based on the changes that each test case will make to the data. Each test case could have different needs for isolation based on what data it will change. For more information about isolation levels, see Unit Test Framework.

Next, you may have specific testing needs regarding exceptions. For more information, see How to: Test Exceptions Using a Test Case.


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