Wednesday, 13 April 2011

QTP 11.00 New Features

QuickTest 11.00 now offers the following new features.

Manage Your Test Data

Quality Center (HP ALM) test configuration functionality enables you to determine at runtime which data sets to use for your tests.
ALM test configurations enable you to:
  • Unbind your data from your tests
  • Share common data sources across different tests
  • Filter your data to fit your testing needs
  • Increase requirements traceability
You store the data for your tests in the Quality Center Test Resources module in the form of data table resource files.
You can then define multiple test configurations for a test in the Test Plan module. When working with data-driven QuickTest tests in HP ALM, each configuration is a QuickTest test that is set to run with a selected data resource file and optional data filter settings.
One or more specific configurations of the test can be included in a Test Set to cover different parts of a requirement or to cover multiple requirements.
By using Quality Center test configurations, you can create more generic tests and reuse them by associating a different set of data with each. You can also reuse your data by associating the same data table file with multiple tests.

Test Your GUI and UI-Less Application Functionality in One Test

The new QuickTest-Service Test integration enables you to test across the GUI and non-GUI layers of your application.
You can use QuickTest steps to start testing the GUI elements in your application, then call a Service Test test to validate service communications (standard Web Services, non-SOAP Web Services, such as REST, etc.), and then step back into your QuickTest GUI testing, all in a single test run.
The results of the QuickTest and Service Test steps are displayed in a unified report in the new Run Results Viewer.

New Run Results Viewer

The new Run Results Viewer provides an Executive Summary page with summary data, pie charts and statistics for both the current and previous runs, a quick link to the previous run results, and more.
The Run Results Viewer displays the results of your run session in a set of panes that you can show, hide, move, dock, and otherwise customize to your needs.
You can install the Run Results Viewer as a standalone installation. This enables you to share the results of your tests with business analysts and developers who do not work with QuickTest.

Help QuickTest Identify Your Objects as a Manual Tester Would – VISUALLY

You can now use visual relation identifiers to identify application objects based on other objects that are always near them.
This enables you to create a more reliable identification definition for test objects that are otherwise difficult to differentiate, and to ensure that the identification remains reliable even if the user interface design changes.
The Visual Relation Identifier Dialog Box provides the interface and tools to help you create and verify your visual relation identifier definitions.

Collaborate with Developers to Pinpoint Defects Using Log Tracking

In today’s more agile development environment, it is more important than ever for QA engineers and developers to work together throughout the development and release process.
QuickTest’s new Log Tracking functionality helps you work with developers to pinpoint the root causes of unexpected behavior in your application.
When you enable log tracking, QuickTest receives the Java or .NET log framework messages from your application and embeds them in the run results.
You can click a log message in the results to jump to the relevant step in the run results tree, or you can click a step in the run results tree and view the log message that was generated at the time that the selected step ran. You can also specify that a log message of a particular level (or higher) will fail your test.
After you view the results, you can print or export the log tracking details to a file to show to a developer, or you can provide the developer with the standalone Run Results Viewer installation so that the developer can view and analyze the results directly on his or her own desktop.

Out-of-the-Box Support for Web 2.0 Toolkit Applications

QuickTest 11.00 provides Web Add-in Extensibility-based add-ins for ASP .NET Ajax, GWT, Yahoo UI, and Dojo Web 2.0 toolkits.
You can use these add-ins just as you would any other add-in. You can also use Web Add-in Extensibility or Extensibility Accelerator to customize the provided support to match your needs.
You install these add-ins by running the Web 2.0 Toolkit Support Setup from the Add-in Extensibility and Web 2.0 Toolkits option in the QuickTest Professional setup window.
The operations supported for each Web 2.0 test object class are a combination of custom operations developed for that test object class and operations directly inherited from the corresponding (base) Web Add-in test object class.

New Web Testing Capabilities

Many new testing capabilities are now available for working with Web-Based objects.
  • Firefox Testing. You can now record steps on Mozilla Firefox and use the .Object property to access the Firefox DOM.
  • XPath, CSS, Identifiers. You can add the XPath or CSS identifier properties to instruct QuickTest to identify a Web object in your application based on its XPath location or CSS definition.
  • Event Identifiers. You can also now use the attribute/* notation in the test object description to identify a Web-based object based on an event associated with that object. For example, you can add attribute/onClick as a property in a WebButton test object description to identify a button that is associated with the onClick event.
  • Embed or Run JavaScripts in Your Web Pages. You can use the new EmbedScript/EmbedScriptFromFile and RunScript/RunScriptFromFile functions to embed JavaScripts in all loaded browser pages and frames or to run JavaScripts in specific pages. Use these scripts to perform operations on, or retrieve data from, the browser pages in your application.

Automatically Parameterize Steps

You can instruct QuickTest to automatically parameterize the steps in your test’s actions at the end of a recording session.
This enables you to create actions that can be used for a variety of different purposes or scenarios by referencing different sets of data.
You activate this option by selecting the Automatically parameterize steps option in the General tab of the Options dialog box. You can set the option to use Global Data Table Parameters or Test Parameters.
When you stop a recording session while this option is selected, QuickTest replaces the constant values in the test object operation arguments of your steps with either Data Table parameters or action parameters, based on your selection in the Options dialog box.
QuickTest performs this automatic parameterization for all relevant steps in any action in your test, in which you recorded one or more steps during that recording session.
If you work with HP ALM, and you select the Global Data Table Parameters option, you can map the generated parameters to the column names of a data resource and then use different configurations in your test sets.
If you work with SAP eCATT and you select the Test Parameters option, you can then supply the values for the test parameters from eCATT.

New Silverlight Add-in

You can use the new Silverlight Add-in to test objects in Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 applications.
After you install the Silverlight Add-in, it is displayed in the Add-in Manager as a child add-in under the WPF Add-in.

Extend WPF and Silverlight Support

The WPF and Silverlight Add-in Extensibility SDK enables you to develop support for testing third-party and custom WPF and Silverlight controls that are not supported out-of-the-box by the relevant QuickTest add-ins.
You install the WPF and Silverlight Add-in Extensibility SDK from the Add-in Extensibility and Web 2.0 Toolkits option in the QuickTest Professional setup window.

Use Extensibility Accelerator for Web Add-in Extensibility Development

The new Extensibility Accelerator for Functional Testing is a Visual Studio-like IDE that facilitates the design, development, and deployment of Web Add-in Extensibility support.
It provides a user interface and special tools that help you define new test object classes, map those test object classes to the controls in your application, and teach QuickTest how to identify the controls, perform operations on the controls and retrieve their properties.
You install the Extensibility Accelerator from the Add-in Extensibility and Web 2.0 Toolkits option in the QuickTest Professional setup window.

It’s Easier Than Ever to Insert Regular Expressions

The Smart Regular Expression list provides syntax hints that make it easier than ever to insert regular expressions into your test steps. It also enables you to access the Regular Expression Evaluator, which lets you test regular expressions to make sure they suit your needs.

Load Function Libraries at Run Time

The new LoadFunctionLibrary statement lets you load a function library when a step runs instead of at the beginning of a run session. This means, for example, that you can define conditional steps that use functions from various function libraries, but load only the required function libraries during a run session.

Avoid Downtime Due to License Server Failures

With redundant license servers you create failover, so that if your main license server fails, your remaining servers maintain availability of your licenses without causing any downtime or loss of licenses for users.
The redundant license server feature is especially useful for enterprise customers
who have a large network installation and want to maintain license server backup.

Improved Documentation Structure Helps You Find the Information You Need

When you open the QuickTest Professional Help, you can now access the entire Documentation Library from one central point, the Home page. It provides links to all available guides in each available format, including PDF files.
The HP QuickTest Professional User Guide and the HP QuickTest Professional for Business Process Testing User Guide are now organized into topic types: Concepts, Tasks, and References. Use each topic type to access specific information about a feature or product area.
For example, you can use the Tasks topic type to learn the overall workflow of a feature to help you accomplish your goals, or you can use the Reference topic type to look up a specific user interface element, such as a window, dialog box, or page.

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