I'm working on classes that cover software tools and languages. Obviously the classes are going to be more valuable if the students actually do some of what they're supposed to be learning, so I'm planning to incorporate lab work.
Has anyone used automated functional testing tools to grade lab assignments? Lab 1 is to install Apache, so the testing server looks to see that your lab machine is listening on port 80, and responds with the default index page. Lab 2 is to create a page that takes
?name=MyName and responds "Hello, MyName!", so the testing server GETs
?name=random and expects "Hello, random!".
If you haven't used them this way yourself, what tools might be a good candidate?