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Borland today unveiled Silk 2009, a comprehensive software test suite designed to support the testing needs of both Agile and traditional development teams by simplifying testing activities, increasing the speed of test execution and integrating with a customer’s existing test tools and frameworks to provide a consolidated view of quality across the software delivery lifecycle.

Silk 2009 includes new functionality that makes it easy for both developers and testers to create and automate tests, minimizing the dependency on specialist skills while making testing a more scalable and efficient process.


  • Silk4J, Borland’s functional and regression testing product - lets developers create and automate robust functional and regression tests in pure Java within the Eclipse IDE. It also allows testers to use “record and play” functionality to create tests in pure Java.

  • Dynamic object recognition - eliminates test-rework when code is changed or refactored. No matter how many times the UI changes, the tests still work.

  • Advanced synchronization capabilities - eliminate the need to modify test scripts to include wait times, providing advanced automation for testing dynamic Web applications. 

  • Cross-browser support - enables teams to record tests in one browser and then run them in any.


  • Load Test Resource Management - teams can control and provision test environments from anywhere, enabling more and larger load tests that require significantly less hardware, and have the ability to test performance and load with each iteration (even those that do not include an user interface).
  • Integration with SilkCentral Test Manager for Performance Trend Reports - provides Agile teams the fast feedback they need, reporting the results of performance and load tests in real-time to enable teams to identify any potential issues.
  •  Eclipse and Visual Studio plug-ins - allow developers to create performance tests within their IDE, and SilkPerformer can repurpose functional tests from SilkTest and unit tests from JUnit and NUnit to be used as performance tests.

SilkCentral Test Manager
  • Integrates with an organization’s existing unit - functional and performance testing tools and frameworks (commercial and open source), and aggregates results into a quality dashboard for a consolidated view of progress, metrics and trends across all projects.  SilkCentral has over 20 intergrated tools including JUnit, NUnit, and FitNesse.

  • Hybrid Test Definitions - enable seamless transformation of manual tests into automated tests and back again while maintaining all test results and historical data.



Silk 2009 is part of Borland’s Lifecycle Quality Management solution. Borland SilkPerformer 2009 and SilkCentral Test Manager 2009 are available immediately. Borland SilkTest 2009 is planned to be available in August 2009. For more information, visit http://www.borland.com/us/products/silk/index.html.


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