SOA Course

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This course provides a brief introduction to the concept of testing Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based applications. SOA testing introduces new challenges. This course starts with an overview of SOA fundamentals and then looks into what is involved in testing SOA applications. The course also looks into some of the popular SOA testing tools in the market and demonstrates features of one such tool (selected by customer) and provides hands-on exercises to re-enforce learning.


Quality assurance, application developers, and enterprise architects will all gain considerable value from this curriculum.

Skills Gained

  • SOA fundamentals
  • SOA testing challenges
  • Components of SOA testing
  • Testing SOA artifacts
  • SOA testing strategies
  • Survey of SOA testing tools
  • Detailed look at customer's SOA tool
  • Best practices for SOA testing
  • Highlight foundational SOA concepts
  • Gain a realistic understanding of the various challenges and unique considerations that SOA brings into play for testing and quality assurance
  • Learn how to apply unit testing, integration testing, and customer acceptance testing to a service oriented enterprise
  • Explore the various types of artifacts introduced by SOA (WSDL, BPEL, SOAP, etc.) and the implications they have for testing
  • Gain hands-on experience using a SOA testing tool to test both services and business processes


No specialized technical pre-requisites are required for this course; however a basic understanding of SOA and some knowledge in IT systems and distributed computing is expected.


Outline of SOA Testing Workshop Training 1. SOA Fundamentals

  • Objectives
  • Defining Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Putting SOA in Context
  • SOA As an Alignment Strategy
  • The SOA Umbrella
  • What s a Service?
  • Service Actors
  • Serving Up SOA
  • Business Process Management
  • Modeling Processes
  • Application Integration
  • SOA Governance
  • Life Cycle Stages for Governance
  • SOA Job Role Impact
  • Services Please!
  • SOA Re-Organization
  • What Makes a Good Design?
  • Is This a New Concept?
  • Service Orienting the Enterprise
  • Service Oriented Thinking
  • SOA Is Perfect NOT!
  • Service Characteristics
  • When Do I Need a Service?
  • About Services in SOA
  • Contract-Driven Software
  • SOA Standards
  • Summary

2. Introduction to Web Services

  • A Conceptual Look at Services
  • Defining Services
  • Service Communication Analogy
  • Three Key Service Questions
  • Connecting the Dots
  • What Is a Web Service?
  • Enterprise Assets as Services
  • Typical Development Workflow
  • Binding via SOAP
  • SOAP in Protocol Stack
  • SOAP Structure
  • SOAP Message Architecture
  • Applying SOAP
  • WSDL Overview
  • Interface via WSDL
  • WSDL Structure
  • Applying WSDL
  • Locating a Service
  • UDDI Overview
  • UDDI Terminology
  • UDDI Structure
  • Applying UDDI
  • WS-I Overview
  • WS-I Deliverables

3. Layers of Services

  • What Is Layering?
  • SOA Layers
  • Layering Illustration
  • Data Storage Layer
  • Application Logic Layer
  • Adapter Layer
  • Application Service Layer
  • Business Service Layer
  • Orchestration Layer
  • Aux: Data Service Layer
  • Aux: Security Service Layer
  • Layering Concepts
  • Layering Rules of Thumb
  • In Review

4. Introduction to SOA Testing

  • Introduction
  • The SOA Components to Test
  • Parts of a Test Framework
  • Layered Component Testing
  • Testing the SOA Layers
  • Phased Testing
  • SOA Testing Challenges 1/3
  • SOA Testing Challenges 2/3
  • SOA Testing Challenges 3/3
  • SOA Testing Opportunities

5. Unit Testing SOA Components

  • Verification Scenarios
  • Unit Testing a Web Service
  • Other Types of Services
  • Unit Testing Guidance
  • Unit Testing SOA Components
  • More Details: Testing Data Maps
  • Data Map Test Guidance
  • More Details: Business Process
  • Unit Testing Business Process
  • Business Process Test Guidance
  • Human Workflow
  • Unit Test Human Interface
  • Human Interface Test Guidance
  • White Box Testing

6. Integration Test

  • What is Integration Testing?
  • Types of Integration Tests
  • The Governance Aspect
  • Component Ownership 1/2
  • Component Ownership 2/2
  • Integration Testing Strategies
  • Incremental Strategies
  • Top-down Integration
  • Bottom-up Integration
  • Umbrella / Critical Path Integration
  • Setting Up a Service Integration Test System
  • Setting Up a Process Integration Test System
  • Creating a Script To Test a Service
  • Running a Test Case for a Service
  • Creating a Business Process Test Script
  • Running a Test Case for a Process

7. Non-Functional Testing

  • Performance Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Web Service Attacks 1/4
  • Web Service Attacks 2/4
  • Web Service Attacks 3/4
  • Web Service Attacks 4/4
  • Interoperability Testing
  • WS-Interoperability
  • Interoperability Testing a Service
  • Interoperability Testing a Business Process
  • Common Interoperability Issues
  • Process State Persistence Testing
  • Process Versioning Testing

8. Scenario

Appendix A. Introduction to WebSphere Integration Developer (WID) v6

  • WebSphere Process Server v6
  • WebSphere Integration Developer (WID) v6
  • SCA Basics
  • Wiring Example
  • Key Features of WID
  • Perspectives, Views, and Editors
  • Creating Artifacts
  • Unit Testing Artifacts

Appendix B. SOA Value Proposition

  • The Value of SOA
  • Reducing Integration Expense
  • Integration Costs Illustration
  • Ripple effect of changes
  • The Value of SOA Layering
  • SOA Reduces Integration Costs
  • Increasing Asset Reuse
  • SOA Economics/ROI
  • Asset Reuse Illustration
  • Service Reuse v. Object Reuse
  • Increasing Business Agility
  • Business Agility Illustration
  • Traditional EAI Approach
  • Problems with Traditional EAI Approach
  • Change Flow Using Legacy Approach
  • SOA Agility
  • Build the Services
  • Build the Process
  • We Can Easily Change the Process
  • Reducing Business Risk
  • Risk reduction illustration
  • SOA Eases Compliance Risk
  • Business Advantages
  • ROI Quantification Hurdles
  • Real World SOA Example 1
  • Real World SOA Example 2
  • Real World SOA Example 3
  • Real World SOA Example 4

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