QA Focus:

July, 2008


July 30, 2008  10:20 PM

Functional Testing of Web Services: Part I

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Usually when you think of functional testing, you visualize some sort of User Interface (UI) for inputting data: a well-defined form or page with fields and arrows and boxes and other eye-candy. Graphical User...</p>
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July 26, 2008  6:32 PM

Test Automation ROI

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Smart QA managers want to know what they are getting in return for spending their ever-tightening budgets on test automation. One way to collect the information needed to make the business case for this expense -- also called the Return On Investment (ROI) -- is to create an Automation...


July 25, 2008  2:53 AM

HP QuickTest Professional Tips ‘n’ Tricks – July ’08 Part II

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Args("maties")! More tricky bits for ye! Sorry, I just HAD to say that! But it does make a point: not everything works quite as you might expect in QuickTest Pro. Using Parameters with QTP Scripts Parameters can be predefined for a QTP Action script, under File -->...


July 22, 2008  4:17 AM

function junction: strings ‘n’ things

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

VBScript, the internal language of HP QuickTest Pro, is rather handy for manipulating text strings. This is especially useful when you are trying to verify a test step where only part of your actual data will match your expected data, or vice versa.

Here is a simple...


July 17, 2008  5:38 AM

Time and Relative Diversions in Space: Part 2

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

In our last episode: "This document contains the outline for rebuilding our purpose. It is a simple document, yet it contains a complete outline for a new realITy. I request that we observe a moment of stateless silence to clear our caches before I continue."
"I...


July 17, 2008  4:44 AM

Time and Relative Diversions in Space: Part 1

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

"Robots building robots? Now that's just stupid." - Detective Del Spooner in I, Robot, a 2004 science fiction film written by Isaac Asimov (book) and Jeff Vintar (screenplay), directed by Alex Proyas.

a bit of speculative fiction
"I am no longer certain...


July 15, 2008  4:56 AM

Automated Test Steps

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Simply stated, automated testing is the programmatic execution of test cases. Computers are very literal beasties. In order to accomodate the interpreted scripting language that is typically at the core of a test tool, the test steps in an automated test case must be more granular than your typical...


July 11, 2008  8:20 PM

HP QuickTest Professional Tips ‘n’ Tricks – July 2008

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Periodically, I hope to post a few helpful suggestions about using HP's QuickTest Professional automated test tool. These are the tricky little things that are obvious once you stumble across then actually use them. Perhaps someone else will benefit by my stumbling. Environment.Value and...


July 11, 2008  3:17 AM

Types of Test Automation Frameworks

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

In a previous posting, we examined the evolution of automation frameworks. How are frameworks being implemented today by various QA organizations? Here's a basic summary of the types of test automation currently in use: Ad-Hoc


July 9, 2008  1:51 AM

function junction: self-destructive pop-up

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

I use HP (formerly Mercury) QuickTest Professional for most of my functional test automation. This tool uses Windows' VBScript as its internal scripting language. VBScript is...


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