QA Focus:

Functional testing


July 26, 2008  6:32 PM

Test Automation ROI



Posted by: Sentinel627
Development, Functional testing, Software Quality

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



Posted by: Sentinel627
Functional testing, HP Quality Center, HP QuickTest Professional, Software Quality

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



Posted by: Sentinel627
Functional testing, HP Quality Center, HP QuickTest Professional, Software Quality

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 11, 2008  8:20 PM

HP QuickTest Professional Tips ‘n’ Tricks – July 2008



Posted by: Sentinel627
Functional testing, HP Quality Center, HP QuickTest Professional, Software Quality

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



Posted by: Sentinel627
Development, Functional testing, HP Quality Center, HP QuickTest Professional, Software Quality

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

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July 9, 2008  1:51 AM

function junction: self-destructive pop-up



Posted by: Sentinel627
Development, Functional testing, HP Quality Center, HP QuickTest Professional, Software Quality

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...


July 4, 2008  4:30 AM

Automated Software Testing: In The Beginning



Posted by: Sentinel627
Development, Functional testing, Software Quality

Like other living things, software QA processes evolve over time. From its humble beginnings, test automation has undergone a similar transformation. The first stage of test automation was the 'Record and Playback' age. Tools were marketed for their ability to record a typical user session and...


July 2, 2008  5:00 PM

Who wants to be an automater?



Posted by: Sentinel627
Development, Functional testing, Software Quality

Modern commercial test tools claim that it is easier than ever for a QA person with manual testing expertise to create and execute automated tests. But who really wants to become a developer of automated scripts? Why put in all that effort when you've already got a good thing going? Take the...


July 1, 2008  1:58 PM

The Case of the Missing Case



Posted by: Sentinel627
Development, Functional testing, Software Quality

One of the amazing things about working in the domain of software quality assurance -- or QA, as we devotees so fondly refer to it -- is that everyone agrees that there are standards yet so few people agree on what they are. Take for example the very basic definition of a Test...


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