Automating comparison of mapped data for different formats
My task involves comparing the data mapped from one format to another. Formats I use are xml to edi, edi to edi, edi to lawson, xml to pdf etc.
Now I perform it manually by comparing each input with its corresponding output and then check for the specific entries in both the docs and yes ,it is a time consuming process. Are there any tools for any of theses formats which could be used to automate the comparison?
No. The issue here is that these mappings are not 1-1; in other words, there is no single, definitive mapping between these formats. Each mapping requires additional heuristics that (I assume) are built into the conversion software you are interested in testing.
Still, I think there is hope. You can probably find APIs for extracting data from each of these formats. You can use those APIs, along with knowledge of how your conversion software is supposed to behave, to test your conversion software.