Eclipse project Hyades is committed to releasing an open-source implementation of the UML 2 Test Profile specification (U2TP), which was submitted to the Object Management Group (OMG) in March. The U2TP specification is scheduled for approval at the next Technical Meeting in June 2003.
The Hyades project will provide full lifecycle integration of advanced test and trace facilities for Automated Software Quality (ASQ) and boasts some leading software companies in its membership.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Open-Communication Systems (FOKUS), which led the U2TP specification initiative as an active project participant, has also joined Eclipse. The U2TP specification can be found at www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/u2tp.
Facilities to manage and manipulate U2TP-based test models inside the Eclipse workbench through the Eclipse Modeling Framework are already available.
The Hyades implementation will track changes to the U2TP model and the underlying UML 2 language as these standards move towards final adoption and contribute coordinated feedback into the finalization process.
Mike Norman, Hyades project lead and CEO of Scapa Technologies, said, “The implementation of the U2TP standard in the Eclipse framework offers the Automated Software Quality community an opportunity to move from poorly-integrated, proprietary testing and tracing solutions to a set of interoperable tools based around open standards inside a universal tools platform. The Hyades project is building this interoperability layer for the benefit of the whole Eclipse ecosystem and we look forward to working with FOKUS to that end.”
FOKUS has been involved in defining test profiles for a variety of telecom and datacom technologies and instrumental in driving standardization initiatives in the OMG and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Ina Schieferdecker, Head of the Competence Center for Testing, Interoperability and Performance (TIP) within FOKUS, who led the U2TP specification process, said “By joining Hyades at this time we will provide continuity as this important emerging standard is implemented for the benefit of the whole Eclipse ecosystem — from Enterprise software through to embedded systems.”