QA Focus:

August, 2008


August 29, 2008  3:23 AM

Developing Effective Test Plans for Automation

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

An application test plan should contain a minimum set of optimized test cases with maximum test coverage of all critical application functions. It should be executed using a tool that easily adapts to changing data and requirements. In order to create an effective automation test, it is first...

August 29, 2008  2:51 AM

Have YOU been abducted by test tools?

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

Have You Been ABDUCTED by Your Test Automation Tools? Here are some simple questions that you need to ask yourself: #1. Have you experienced missing or lost time of any length, particularly of one or more hours, waiting for a screen to...


August 29, 2008  12:38 AM

Automation Test Data Management (TDM)

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

Test Data Management (TDM) is fundamental to the success of automated testing. For example, consider that one of the most beneficial forms of test automation is data-driven testing, which gives testers the ability to input and manipulate massive amounts of data in a relatively short period of time....


August 27, 2008  3:16 AM

Automation, the Cold Equation

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

One of my passions is reading science fiction, and I remember a story called The Cold Equations. In this rather sad tale, no matter how much the characters want to change the way things are, they can't, the inevitable outcome is dictated...


August 23, 2008  12:28 AM

How to Implement a Functional Test Automation Methodology

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

A lot of people talk about using a "Methodology", but what does that really mean? There are many complicated meanings for the word "methodology" itself, in Wikipedia and elsewhere. Personally, I have always taken it to mean "writing down (the -ology part) the way things are done (the method part)...


August 21, 2008  3:25 AM

function junction: File System Object

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

Writing functions that make use of the methods exposed by the Windows file system object might seem trivial at first, but take my word for it, it is a worthwhile activity. If you use HP QuickTest Pro for test automation, or even need to do some system maintenance with VBScript, these simple scripts...


August 16, 2008  6:43 PM

Introduction to HP QuickTest Pro Objects

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

HP QuickTest Professional uses an Object Repository to store information about the various fields and controls used to build the user interface of a software application. This repository is essentially a database of the names and properties of all the objects encountered during test script...


August 16, 2008  5:47 PM

Creating a Solid Test Automation Framework with QTP

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

HP's QuickTest Pro can itself be used to build a test automation framework. Listed below are some of the characteristics you should take into consideration during the design phase. Test automation scripts and functions should:

  • Be Reusable and...


August 16, 2008  5:24 PM

Test Automation Metrics: Tracking Progress

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Did you ever have one of those days/weeks/months when your boss walks nervously into your office and says in that 'I-just-came-out-of-a-very-long-and-gruesome-meeting' tone of voice, "Well, , how's that automation project coming all?" You figure that just answering "Fine" probably is not enough in...


August 12, 2008  12:45 AM

Functional Testing of Web Services: Part IV

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627
IMAP4

Two other web service test tools which deserve honorable mention in our comparison tests were: soapUI, available as Open Source or in a pro version distributed by eviware; and HP's QuickTest Professional Web Services Add-In. soapUI

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