Web Services

A web service is a unit of managed code that can be remotely invoked using web protocols. This allows you to share your application’s functionality with other programs. Rapise provides native support for testing web services. Web service tests can be integrated with user interface tests for complete coverage.


The purpose of Web Service testing is to verify that all of the Web Service APIs published by your application operate as expected. Web Service API testing requires that you test using all the expected data formats and input parameters.

There are two broad classes of web service:

Testing RESTful Web Services

When you add a web service to your Rapise test project, you get a new REST definition file (.rest) that will store all of your prototyped requests against a specific REST web service. The various REST requests are then created in the REST definition builder:

Rapise’s query builder streamlines the testing of your APIs with robust debugging and message tracing.

Once you have finished with your prototyping of the web service test operations, you can then save the request definitions and use the 'Update Object Tree' option to populate the main Rapise Object Tree:

Each of the REST service objects in the tree has operations designed to let you call the method and access the returned body either in its raw text format, or if it's a web service that returns data in JSON format, it will be able to send/receive data as native JavaScript objects.

Once all the REST operations have been defined and saved as Rapise learned objects, you can call the REST operations from within your Rapise test scripts:

As well as simply calling the DoExecute() method of each REST web service object to call the previously defined operation, you can use the various properties on the REST service object to send through specific parameter values, add/remove headers, change the authenticated user, change the request body as well as inspect all of the attributes in the request and response.

This allows you unparalleled control over the web service request, with the ability to debug and diagnose web service issues in addition to being able to quickly call the learned operations.

Since the REST objects are just like any other Rapise object, you can have hybrid test scripts that call web service methods and also test GUI objects. This is very useful when you want to test how the user interface changes in response to specific web service API interactions, or when you have a user interface that connects to the sever using a web service (for example with a JSON-based AJAX web user interface).

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