Difficulty: beginner
Estimated Time: 15 minutes

This scenario focuses on creating integration tests using Arquillian Cube, both locally and using OpenShift.

What will you do in this scenario?

In this scenario you will create a working integration test using Arquillian Cube. The integration test will test a simple web service. You will walk through the following steps:

  1. Review a sample project configured to use Arquillian Cube
  2. Run an integration test after deploying an application to OpenShift
  3. Add a new integration test scenario
  4. Run new integration test scenario after deploying an application to OpenShift

In this scenario you learned about testing Spring Boot applications using Arquilian Kube. We will add additional scenarios that explain more how to build Spring Boot applications on OpenShift shortly, so check back to learn.openshift.com

To summarize: TODO

Spring Boot is a powerful and easy to use framework for developing everything from monolithic applications to microservices, but Spring Boot becomes every better when we package it in a container and use an orchestrated platform like OpenShift. When using OpenShift we can, in a very consistent and fast way, deploy our Spring application to multiple environments without worry of envrionment differences. OpenShift also enables things like Deployment Pipelines and Blue/Green deployments but that was not covered in this scenario.

Additional Resources

More background and related information on Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes and Eclipse Vert.x can be found here:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes for Developers - Here you can get started with a project using different boosters and clone that project to your local computer. This also enables you to deploy your application on your own private OpenShift Container Platform or use OpenShift Online that is provided for free from Red Hat.
  • Project Snowdrop homepage - This site has a lot of details of the work that Red Hat is doing to make Spring work great on Kubernetes and OpenShift.

Testing with Arquillian Cube

Step 1 of 3

Step 1

Review the base structure of the application

For your convenience, this scenario has been created with a base project using the Java programming language and the Apache Maven build tool.

The base project contains code for a simple Spring Boot application that exposes web services to retrieve data. Also, the project contains a simple integration test. Start by reviewing the project's content by executing a tree in your terminal.

The output should look something like this:

├── pom.xml
└── src
    ├── main
    │   ├── fabric8
    │   │   ├── deployment.yml
    │   │   └── route.yml
    │   ├── java
    │   │   └── com
    │   │       └── example
    │   │           └── Application.java
    │   │           └── service
    │   │               └── Fruit.java
    │   │               └── FruitController.java
    │   │               └── FruitRepository.java
    │   └── resources
    │       └── static
    │           └── index.html
    └── test
        └── java
            └── com
                └── example
                    └── FruitControllerIntTests.java

Except for the fabric8 directory and the index.html, this matches what you would get if you generated an empty project using the Spring Initializr. For the moment you can ignore the content of the fabric8 folder (we will discuss this later).

One thing that differs slightly is the pom.xml file.

To leverage Arquillian Cube the project uses the Arquillian Cube BOM provided by the Arquillian Project. Using this BOM ensure access to all of the dependencies needed to use Arquillian Cube.


1. Review the configuration

The src/test/resources/arquillian.xml file is used to configure Arquillian.

    <extension qualifier="openshift">
        <property name="app.name">fruit</property>
        <property name="namespace.use.existing">fruit</property>
        <property name="env.init.enabled">true</property>
        <property name="cube.fmp.build">true</property>
        <property name="enableImageStreamDetection">false</property>

As you can see, the OpenShift extension has been configured to interact with OpenShift. The set of properties configure the extension:

  • app.name
  • namespace.use.existing allows you to select an existing namespace. Without this property Arquillian will create a namespace for the tests (e.g., itest-12345)
  • env.init.enabled allows Arquillian to modify the environment, which is being done here by deploying the application and creating routes, etc.
  • cube.fmp.build corresponds to using fabric8 with Arquillian
  • enableImageStreamDetection allows Arquillian to detect an image stream to use.

2. Review the tests

As an application is developed and the individual units are tested (e.g. unit testing) the application will eventually require integration tests. To start, this application has a an integration test implemented in the src/test/java/com/example/FruitControllerIntTest.java class:

    public void shouldGetAllFruits_Test() {
        when().get().then().statusCode(200).body("name", hasItems("Cherry", "Apple", "Banana"));

As you can see the test is calling a web service by invoking an HTTP GET using .get() and if the invocation is successful, HTTP Response Code 200, the body of the response is compared to the expected result. While the JSON below is being returned by the web service and compared, the test perform a direct String comparison because doing so is a fragile testing practice. Instead, the test leverages the REST Assured library (it also makes tests more readable and easier to write!).

[{"id":1,"name":"Cherry"},{"id":2,"name":"Apple"},{"id":3, "name":"Banana"}]

NOTE: The \ is an escape character

In addition to the test method above, the test class also contains the following:

  • @Category(RequiresOpenshift.class) marks the category of this test class as requiring OpenShift (junit)
  • @RequiresOpenshift tells Arquillian that this test can only be run on OpenShift
  • @RunWith(ArquillianConditionalRunner.class) tells Arquillian which test runner should be used
    private URL baseURL;

    public void setup() throws Exception {
        RestAssured.baseURI = baseURL.toString();
  • @AwaitRoute tells Arquillian to wait until the application has been deployed prior to running the tests
  • @RouteURL("fruit") tells Arquillian which route to use when constructing the URL used for the web service calls

The @Before denotes that the method will be called prior to running each test

NOTE: The Katacoda terminal window is like your local terminal. Everything that you run here you should be able to execute on your local computer as long as you have Java SDK 1.8 and Maven installed. In later steps, we will also use the oc command line tool for OpenShift commands.

Up Next

Now that you have reviewed the project structure, how to configure Arquillian, and how to write a test, it's time to run the tests. In the next step you will deploy the application to OpenShift and run the tests with Arquillian Cube!