Five Steps to use Apache Cactus with WebSphere Application Server 7

This post illustrates setting up the Apache Cactus on WebSphere 7.0 to test some JPA managers in an existing web application.

Let’s go through the steps, so you can do them directly in maximum 5 minutes:

1. Download the Apache Cactus from here.

2. Place ONLY the following jars in the lib folder of your web application:

    2.1. aspectjrt-1.5.3.jar
    2.2. cactus.core.framework.uberjar.javaEE.14-1.8.0.jar
    2.3. cactus.integration.ant-1.8.0.jar
    2.4. cactus.integration.shared.api-1.8.0.jar
    2.5. cargo-ant-0.9.jar
    2.6. cargo-core-uberjar-0.9.jar
    2.7. commons-codec-1.3.jar
    2.8. commons-httpclient-3.1.jar
    2.9. commons-logging-1.1.jar
    2.10. httpunit-1.6.jar
    2.11. js-14.jar (You will have to download this file manually to avoid OutOfMemory Exception on WebSphere).
    2.12. junit-3.8.2.jar
    2.13. nekohtml-1.9.6.jar
    2.14. org.mortbay.jetty-5.1.9.jar
    2.15. xbean-1.0.3.jar (You will have to download this file manually to avoid OutOfMemory Exception on WebSphere).

3. Copy the following servlets declaration to your web.xml file:

<!-- [Start] Cactus Configuration -->
<!-- [End] Cactus Configuration -->

4. Write your web test cases.

public class TestServlet extends ServletTestCase {
    public void testCreatePerson() {
        try {
            FacesContext  facesContext  = JSFUtil.getFacesContext(config.getServletContext(), request, response);
            PersonManager personManager = (PersonManager) JSFUtil.getManagedBean(facesContext, "personManager");            
            Person person = new Person();
            person.setPersonName("Hazem" + System.currentTimeMillis());
            person.setPersonNationalId(System.currentTimeMillis() + "");
        } catch (Exception exception) {
    // Other test cases ...

As you notice, Cactus is much similiar to JUnit, Your web testcases class should just extend the (org.apache.cactus.ServletTestCase).

5. Finally, deploy the web application war to the WAS 7.0, and access your web testcases class through the (ServletTestRunner) by using the following URL:

As you see here, you just set the suite parameter to the fully-qualified name of your web testcases class.

Here is the sample output:

If you want a nicer output, then make sure to include the cactus-report.xsl [This file is included in the sample] directly under the (Web Content) folder of your application, and add the xsl parameter as follows:

Here is the cooler output:

I included all of the project source code including the dependency jars in the following zip file for your reference. I wish that this tip can be helpful to you.

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About Hazem Saleh

Hazem Saleh has more than eleven years of experience in Cloud, Mobile and Open Source technologies. He worked as a software engineer, technical leader, application architect, and technical consultant for many clients around the world. He is an Apache PMC (Project Management Committee) member and a person who spent many years of his life writing open source software. Beside being the author of the "JavaScript Unit Testing" book, "JavaScript Mobile Application Development" book, "Pro JSF and HTML5" book and the co-author of the "Definitive guide to Apache MyFaces" book, Hazem is also an author of many technical articles, a developerWorks contributing author and a technical speaker in both local and international conferences such as ApacheCon North America, Geecon, JavaLand, JSFDays, CON-FESS Vienna and JavaOne. Hazem is an XIBMer, he worked in IBM for ten years. Now, He is working for Nickelodeon New York as a Mobile Architect. He is also an OpenGroup Master Certified Specialist.

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