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Sep 23 2008   1:43AM GMT

HP QuickTest Pro 10 Beta: It Begins

Sentinel627 Greg Annen Profile: Sentinel627

Finding Atlantis
Today I began installing the QuickTest Pro Version 10 Beta. I would have done this last week, except that HP insisted that the installation files be downloaded from a storage website — from several websites, I should say, because 7 RAR files each ~200MB used up their download quotas pretty fast, so they kept sending out alternate URLs. And the downloads kept failing due to the vagaries of network traffic (can’t blame sunspots this time, there haven’t been any for quite a while) and had to be restarted.

The RAR archive format is pretty common amongst ‘net’o’philes, but my company does not have a standard utility for “un-rar’ing” these files, so I first had to download a trial copy of WinRar to take care of this. Since HP had not seen their way clear to just send the beta-testers a DVD, and since I was running out of space on my laptop because I insisted on doing all this “harmless” beta testing in the friendly confines of a disposable virtual machine, I had to orchestrate this massive file extraction on a USB flash drive. That took quite a while.

The virtual machine I was using was pretty much plain vanilla except for a previous installation of QTP 9.5. I wanted to test the upgrade path, which is how the majority of our workstations would be handled, but when I kicked off setup.exe, the QTP 10 install complained that I could not continue while QTP 9.2 was present. 9.2? Where does it see 9.2? I have 9.5, which the install guide says is OK! Just to keep forging ahead, I uninstalled QTP 9.5 then kicked off setup again. This time it completed — eventually.

Well, that’s about all I could get done today in the time I had allocated for the beta testing. I did make sure that the installed QTP 10 runs and can load existing scripted components. However, I became concerned toward the end because it was not letting me save my components to Quality Center. We have version 9.0, with no intention of upgrading any time soon. I hope I don’t find out tomorrow that QTP 10 is not compatible with QC 9.0. That would bring this beta test to a screeching halt!

In the kick-off presentation, I don’t think HP said specifically that QTP 10 is compatible with QC 9.0 — which usually implies that it isn’t. *sigh*

“Way down below the ocean where I wanna be she may be.
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,
I wanna see you some day
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah,
My antediluvian baby,
My antediluvian baby, I love you, girl,
Girl, I wanna see you some day.
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah
I wanna see you some day, oh
My antediluvian baby.
My antediluvian baby, I wanna see you
My antediluvian baby, gotta tell me where she gone
I wanna see you some day
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, oh yeah
Oh glub glub, down down, yeah
My antediluvian baby, oh yeah yeah yeah yeah ”
– Atlantis lyrics by Donovan

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