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Sending Messages to the Test Log From Your Applications

Applies to TestComplete 15.10, last modified on December 07, 2021
Information in this topic applies to desktop applications only.
Connected and Self-Testing applications are deprecated. These technologies will be removed in one of the future releases of TestComplete.
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TestComplete allows you to embed script code within your applications, making them Connected Applications.

To post messages, images, files and references to the test log and to create folders in the test log from Connected Applications, you can use the same script instructions that you use in TestComplete scripts. For example:

TestComplete Script Connected Application

VBScript

Sub TestProc
  Log.Message "Message1"
  Log.Message "Message2"
  Log.Message "Message3"
End Sub

Visual Basic

Sub TestProc
  Log.Message "Message1"
  Log.Message "Message2"
  Log.Message "Message3"
End Sub

C++Script

function TestProc()
{
  Log["Message"]("Message1");
  Log["Message"]("Message2");
  Log["Message"]("Message3");
}

C++

void TestProc()
{
  Log["Message"]("Message1");
  Log["Message"]("Message2");
  Log["Message"]("Message3");
}

DelphiScript

procedure TestProc;
begin
  Log.Message('Message1');
  Log.Message('Message2');
  Log.Message('Message3');
end;

Delphi

procedure TestProc;
begin
  Log.Message('Message1');
  Log.Message('Message2');
  Log.Message('Message3');
end;

C#Script

function TestProc()
{
  Log["Message"]("Message1");
  Log["Message"]("Message2");
  Log["Message"]("Message3");
}

C#

void TestProc()
{
  Connect.Log["Message"]("Message1");
  Connect.Log["Message"]("Message2");
  Connect.Log["Message"]("Message3");
}

As you can see, there is almost no difference.

When calling TestComplete functions from your Connected Application, you may want to use some constants defined in TestComplete. For instance, you can use the pmLower and pmHigher constants when posting messages to the log. These constants are defined in source files that you add to your Connected Application project (for example, script.h for C++ projects or TCConnect.pas for Delphi projects).

Note that before you start posting messages from your Connected Application, the TestComplete test log and other TestComplete subsystems must be properly initialized. The initialization is performed when you start the script run in TestComplete. That is why Connected Applications should be started by TestComplete scripts (to be more exact, a TestComplete script must be running when a Connected Application starts running its scripts). For more information, use the following links:

Creating Connected Applications in Microsoft Visual C++ and Borland C++Builder

Creating Connected Applications in Microsoft C#

Creating Connected Applications in Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0

Creating Connected Applications in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

Creating Connected Applications in Borland Delphi

To start a TestComplete script from your application, connect to TestComplete via OLE and initiate the script run with the RunRoutine method of the Integration object. For more information, see Working With TestComplete via COM - Overview.

See Also

Connected Applications - Overview
Self-Testing Applications

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