Command line arguments in Jenkins plugin
We have just replaced our old home-grown Jenkins integration with the new 'official' SmartBear Jenkins-TestComplete integration. I find it very easy to work with and it has made our Jenkins integration more 'flashy' and easy to work with for people who are not working with the test system on a daily basis.
One feature of our old setup was not possible to reproduce in the new. We sometimes need to run the test on branches of the code (other than the master branch). In our SUT this can be specified in the URL and in the old integration we called TC/TE with a command line argument to specify the branch (if different from master). Unfortunately the new Jenkins integration does not allow for arguments. Adding a field in the UI where you can specify a command line parameter to TestComplete/TestExecute would be nice. This field of course has to allow for variables, so you can pass the information round.
This problem can of course be solved in other ways (e.g. dumping the information in a file or environment variable on the slave in Jenkins and read it in TC/TE), but we find our current implementation the most satisfactory. If someone has suggestions on how to implement an alternative, we will be glad to hear them.
Søren Harder, QA engineer, Zmags
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