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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Overview of QuickTest Professional and its features

Mercury Interactive's QuickTest Professional (QTP) is a very sophisticated testing tool for carrying out functional/regression testing of a variety of applications and very easy to learn and use. Learning QTP becomes easy if you already know WinRunner. QTP is much more powerful and one can migrate to it very easily.
It is used to generate various test cases and run them automatically. Its important features are :
- It has the record/replay provision to record the user interactions with the application software. You can record your keyboard entries and mouse clicks of the application GUI. QTP automatically generates the test script. Test script can be run repeatedly for regression testing of your application.
- This testing tool has a recovery manager and in case the application halts due to an error, it will automatically recover and this is very useful for unattended testing.
- QTP provides checkpoints option.
- It uses VB script as the scripting language and its syntax is very similar to Visual Basic, hence learning this scripting language is very easy.
- It provides a facility for synchronization of test cases.
- Its auto-documentation feature provides the feature for creating test documentation.
- Test report data is stored in documented XML format. This facilitates transferring the report data to another third party tool or into HTML web page.
- It supports Unicode and hence you can test applications written for any of the world languages.
- USing special add-in modules, QTP can be used for testing a variety of applications such as :

ERP/CRM packages such as SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle.
.NET WebForms, WinForms, .Net Controls.
.Web service applications and protocols including XML, SOAP, WSDL, J2EE and .NET.
Multimedia applications such as RealAudio/Video and Flash.

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