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Sep 30 2008   1:00AM GMT

HP QuickTest Pro 10 Beta: Antediluvian

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

Mondays are frequently “One of Those Days”, where I start off by questioning myself over and over “Why did I get into this business of test automation? What was I thinking??” Then I hear the dire financial news, look at my personal slice of the national debt, and realize that it’s too late in my life to get a real job, of which there apparently aren’t many any more anyway. And the coffee kicks in so I move on.

I hate when things end badly, and I felt kind of sorry for HP with their QuickTest Pro 10.00 Beta. I hope they at least appreciate the irony of naming a product release after a lost continent that sank into the ocean thousands of years ago*.

* unless they’re Stargate Atlantis fans, and believe QTP 10.00 is part of a really advanced civilization that built a cool place on another planet, then disappeared. Wait — there’s still the disappearing part, either way…ha!

There was one last sliver of a chance, a drowning man’s clutch (Atlantis?) at a slim straw: would QTP 10.00 be able to run QTP 9.5 scripts from Test Lab in Quality Center 9.0? I didn’t stop to calculate the odds against such a thing, I quickly booted the virtual machine which held the precious beta copy, then clicked my Quality Center 9.0 bookmark. I went to the latest test set in Test Lab, and fired up the local runner.


“Stop All!” I clicked it. Stop all the madness! This just can’t be. I tried installing the QC add-in for QTP: I couldn’t, it told me I already had a newer version.

My straw sank, and my spirits with it.

No! No! It can’t be over! It just can’t!

Calm yourself. It’s just software. Until the machines take over, it’s not that important.

HP is a big company, they’ll make it work…some day.

Won’t they?

Goodbye QTP 10!

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