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Good morning! CA World '15 is November 16-20 -- save the date and keep an eye on the CA World '18 for all of the latest news and announcements.

 

Save the Date: CA World '15 is November 16-20

Note: This is a re-recording of the demo Hoang Richter richo02  presented on our community call back in January as there were webex issues on the first recording

 

**SPOILER ALERT**

The LISA name has been retired and our character Lisa has decided to tour the globe in search of her next big adventure.


Her first task; make her way across the dry Sahara Desert while avoiding obstacles and keeping hydrated.  What will she face along the way? Find out in this recent video demo of the game "LISA Around the World" built by our community member Hoang Richter.

 

  • Level 1: Lisa's first task is to learn how to go the right direction and not run out of water.  After accomplishing this, she does a fun celebratory jig and moves on.
  • Level 2: Next Lisa is challenged with the dreaded QUICK SAND.  She fails initially (losing a life) but moves forward quickly to the top of the board to fuel up.
  • Level 3: The next obstacle is a Dune, right in the middle of her path to provisions. She skirts by this quickly by recognizing the obstacle and using it to direct herself around to the nearest Oasis.
  • Level 4: In this level, Lisa learns how to wait. She "thinks" over drinking from a new watering hole (the well), while stocking up for the rest of her journey. Then she advances to the Oasis to complete the game.

 

These first four levels are captivating, challenging and have you begging for the next release!  At the same time, you can easily learn how CA Service Virtualization works with specific transactions and arguments, think time and modified responses - all within the new DevTest Portal!

 

HINT: if you'd like to create your own backend virtual service but don't have a copy of our software, you can try it out here - Virtual API Cloud


All in a day's work.... enjoy!

 

Help Lisa make it across the desert with service virtualization - YouTube

 

Last week I did a demo of our latest CA Service Virtualization 8.0.2 release and highlighted a few of the new common features in the DevTest Portal.  As a quick follow up and 'how to' here is a demo and description of the new "All Resources" tab in the DevTest Portal.

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Power Users of CA Service Virtualization and CA Application Test have the challenge of managing many projects and resources within those projects across teams. One of the ways we plan to help you organize these resources is with the implementation of the "All Resources" tab in the DevTest Portal.

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The "All Resources" tab in the DevTest Portal allows users to see all their shared projects, resources (Tests, Virtual Services, Suites) and take action on such from a single panel.  You can also filter by typed text and sort the list alphabetically by any of the columns in order to find a specific resource. 


Most of our customers have thousands of resources in a single project.  This obviously can cause confusion when you're trying to find that "needle in the haystack" using the basic left navigation menu in the DevTest Portal.  The "All Resources" tab solves for this and enables teams to share even more by adding more detailed descriptions to filter on. Also, so that loading up these resources doesn't take up all your resources, we've added pages to the panel so that you can choose to see 10, 50 or 100 resources at once.


Let us know what you'd like to see next here by entering in an idea - tag it with "All Resources" so that we can find it quickly.  Here are a few existing ideas for you to comment or vote on:

Pin Resources in the DevTest Portal

Open and Create Projects in the DevTest Portal

Tag Resources in the All Resources Tab

Edit the Resource Description in the All Resources tab


Last but not least, take a quick look of these features in the latest demo out on YouTube:

CA Service Virtualization 8.0.2 - All Resources Tab Demo - YouTube






Happy MondayDevTest Community! There are cool, interesting things happening over in The Water Cooler (our community about the communities) that I wanted to alert you to today.

 

First and foremost, my colleague Chris_Stallone has started a video series called Community Go! that quickly shows you simple things you can do to enhance your CA Community experience.

 

In the latest episode, Chris explains how to create a custom stream, which allows you to pull any community members and/or communities you want to follow into a single stream -- that you can even make your default when you log in. In your email preferences, you can also choose to only receive email alerts for activity within that custom stream. It's an easy, powerful way to organize the community content that you want to see. Check out the video and let us know what you think!


I'd also encourage you to follow The Water Cooler -- it's where you can get these and other tips and also share your feedback or ask questions about the community platform!

Now that DevTest 8.0.2 is GA, how about upgrading to this latest version that includes fixes to reported defects as well as some product enhancements?

 

See here for a PDF that takes you through the changes in licensing, the importance of Enterprise Dashboard and then migration your existing version (Lisa 6 and above) to DevTest 8.0.2.


Some important topics covered in the doc -

  • Name change
  • Understand the key points prior to migration
  • Pre-Installation checklist (includes backing up your data)
  • Installation
  • Post-Installation Tasks
  • Remote components configuration
  • Verifying Installation


Enjoy!

Once a month we'll shine our virtual spotlight on one of the CA DevTest community's members. It's just a fun, easy way for us to get to know one another a little bit beyond our work-related interactions here on the site. This month, we're featuring Rich Burke, Support Analyst, Aviva.


Location:  United Kingdom


Current Gig:  Service Virtualisation support


One word that describes how you work:  Efficiently


How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others? I help answer questions using my knowledge and experience. I’d like to be able to use it to share best practice, so I can learn from other organisations how they’ve implemented Service Virtualisation, and all the processes and tools around it.


Mac or PC? PC

Mobile Device? I don’t have a mobile ‘phone.


Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? The only thing I can’t live without at work is…Post-it notes. I organize my world using these!


Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? I don’t own any gadgets.

What’s your daily work space like? Minimal. I have a photo of my wife, a pen and a stack of Post-it notes

How do you balance life/work? I have a simple method – I arrive and leave at the same times each day, and I leave my work at work.

Best advice you can give and you have received? All situations are temporary. This can be easy to forget when you’re caught up in something, and it helps to remember that the situation will pass.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Optimization.


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DevTest 8.0.2 is GA

Posted by Arif_Muhammad Employee Apr 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the DevTest 8.0.2 including CA Service Virtualization, CA Application Test and CA Continuous Application Insight 8.0.2 is generally available (GA) as of April 13th, 2015.  This release includes both fixes to reported issues as well as enhancements to all 3 core products.

 

Enhancements:

This service pack release contains fixes for various reported defects in addition to the following product enhancements:

  • CA Service Virtualization
    • One click clear for Service Virtualization recorder
    • Copy and paste specific transactions and signatures in Service Virtualization recorder
    • Ability to switch performance vs. functional VSE mode
    • Create Virtual Service Image from Swagger 2.0 specification
  • CA Application Test
    • Code-less test execution event handler
    • Enhanced JSON Ensure Result Equals assertion to allow ignore nodes from comparison
    • Support to load data files dynamically
    • Enhanced Test execution experience via DevTest portal by allowing the user to choose specific configuration and staging doc.
  • CA Application Test for Mobile
    • Support for Xcode 6.2 and iOS 8.2
    • Easier way to change device target for all steps in the test
    • Ability to populate text fields from Datasets in Voyger while crawling through the app.
  • CA Continuous Application Insight (fmr CA Path Finder)
    • Ability to export captured Request/Response pairs
    • Ability to choose assertions for REST stateful baseline tests
    • Added the consolidate-by-name option on the command line utility
    • Allow user to set transaction list filter by starting and ending bookends
    • Ability to create baseline test from Document Transaction window
    • Japanese and French localized
  • General Enhancements
    • Ability to create projects using DevTest Portal
    • Enhanced browsing through artifacts in the repository using "All Resources" page on DevTest Portal.
    • Ability to customize portlet names and user preferences on DevTest portal as well re-set to default.
    • DB2 Support for Enterprise Dashboard

 

Documentation:

The full release notes are available here: https://wiki.ca.com/display/DTS802/Release+Information

 


Download:

The release is posted and available for download on our support site. Instructions to download are here - Download DevTest Solutions Installers - DevTest Solutions - 8.0.2 - CA Wiki

 

Our first community call to go over these enhancements is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th at 11am ET/ 8am PT. Subsequent calls will be posted to the community soon.