The Silk Test host software is the program you use to develop, edit, compile, run and debug your 4Test scripts and test plans. This manual refers to the system that runs this program as the host machine or the Silk Test machine.
The 4Test Agent is the software process that translates the commands in your 4Test scripts into GUI-specific commands. In order words, it is the Agent that actually drives and monitors the application you are testing. One Agent can run locally on the host machine. In a networked environment, any number of Agents can run on remote machines. This manual refers to the systems that run remote Agents as target machines. This manual refers to the systems that run remote Agents as target machines.
In a client/server environment, Silk Test drives the client application by means of an Agent process running on each application’s machine. The application then drives the server just as it always does. Silk Test is also capable of driving the GUI belonging to a server or of directly driving a server database by running scripts that submit SQL statements to the database. These methods o directly manipulating the server application are intended to support testing in which the client application drives the server.
Limitations of Silk Test:
Some of the limitations of Silk Test are given below:
SilkTest may not recognize some objects in a window / page due to some technical reasons.
Silk Test may not recognize some window frames.
The ‘tag’ value may get changed frequently.
Sometimes it will be difficult to activate some window.
It may be necessary to make some modifications if testing should be shifted to other browser / operating system.
In web based applications, sometimes, silktest will take the links as simple text.
System Requirements :
The minimum requirement, a system needs to run the silk test is given below :
Windows NT, Windows 95, 98 or 2000
Pentium 466 Mhz or better processor (application dependent)
32 MB RAM
60MB Hard Disk
Netscape Navigator 4.x
Internet Explorer 4 and 5
Active X, Visual Basic 5 and 6
Java JDK 1.3
Microsoft Web browser control