I have reopened the Mind2Tests project. I wanted to work on it earlier but I focused on the SQLite Sorcerer and other stuffs. Just to remind you, this little AIR application helps software testers in their test design activities: it converts mind-map files (from FreeMind and XMind) into XML files that can then be imported into TestLink (v1.8x). By this way, the mind-mapping becomes another powerful test design technique.
The next version will provide the following changes:
- Should be open sourced (source code being published on bitbucket.org)
- Implementation of a plug-in system: external libraries will be downloaded to allow Mind2Tests to work with a specific tool (mind-mapping or test management tool). And as a starter, 3 or 4 libraries will be provided to work with FreeMind, XMind and TestLink (v1.8x and probably v1.9).
- The way the mind maps can be designed is improved in order to accept nested requirement specifications or nested test suite. So the user will have more freedom to organise the mind-map before the conversion.
The 2 first points will allow testers to extend Mind2Tests with new capabilities for other tools or their own home-grown tool. Nevertheless, I still don’t know if I will charge (very low charge) for libraries for non-open-source tools (as Mind Manager, Quality Center for instance).
I can’t commit a date but the release should come in late February 2011.
Cheers and Happy New Year ! (as this is my first post for 2011)
Here is a great release for the SQLite Sorcerer. It brings lots of important changes including:
- Parameterized queries: type your query with some @param or :param. They will be recognized and associated to an existing table field. You can then select a value in a combox and execute your query for different values…
- Item transfer: open 2 databases and transfer tables (with or without data), views, triggers, indices by a simple drag and drop…
- Drag and drop actions are implemented in the schema tree: you can copy items, create a trigger or an index on a table by drag and dropping it on the correct folder.
- Cursors will help you determine what actions are possible or not…
- New options: include or not data during your copy/transfer actions, edit your parameters with a combobox or a simple text field
- The Query Panel can’t be detached any more, its is now more integrated with other views…
- Use the CTRL key while dragging an item to edit its SQL definition in the Query Panel.
- Access to the issue tracker (on BitBucket.org) from the About dialog box.
You can have a look on the complete release note in the Release notes section.
The SQLite Sorcerer, our dear Darry BotAIR, will soon get 2 new abilities: "parameterized queries" and "transfer" between databases (items as tables(+data), views… ).
This is always for me a great pleasure to answer to mails or comments on my blog and help the users or just some visitors. But 2-3 weeks ago, I had a great surprise, in return, when Herb, from Japan, sent me a modified version of my Flex Notification, including 2 bug fixes and some enhancements ! I was really amazed and so pleased that someone took time to enhance this component and share it ! In the open source world, this is simply called a contribution, I think
So today, I release the version 1.3 of the Flex Notification, including Herb Morris’ contributions.
In this version (that you will find here or on its bitbucket.org repository):
- Changed calculation to ensure a Notification is correctly displayed within its parent, no more clipped,
- Fixed a bug that could hang the application when lots of Notifications are displayed
- Added an easing function to the default effect.
- Added a duration for the closing effect.
Mind2Tests is an application developped for AIR. Its goal is to accelerate the generation of tests by creating a bridge between mind mapping tools and test management tools.
The very early versions were developped on Flex SDK 3 but I changed my mind and finally used this projet as an introduction to Flex 4. As I love challenges, I also used for the first time the now famous MATE framework.
Here are the main screenshots:
At the moment, the application can convert FreeMind and XMind files to TestLink xml files by a simple drag and drop.
I still have to finish the custom updater and fix a bug that is probably due to the SDK 4 on beta. The sources should be open and an online help will be available with mind map samples.
Comments are welcome.