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Apologies for long absence
Greetings Geekdom. My apologies for the long absence and my apology to the gentlemen who I was conversing with regarding is Automated Testing "testing" First to you: I got your response email. I will post it up here in the next day or two with my thoughts on your questions. Second to the geeksphere: My absence can only be blamed on two things: hectic holidays and being extremely busy at work. All I've wanted to do since Thanksgiving was come home and veg out. And if I wasn't veg'ing out, I was out ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:01 PM

Latest Frustration with QTP
Because of QTP, I now know that its possible to stare a hole in your monitor trying to puzzle out why a section of code isn't working like you'd expect it to. And here's what I mean: If Browser("Browser").Page("Pa... = True then Reporter.ReportEvent micPass "Link Found", "YES" End If Now I stared a hole in my monitor this afternoon trying to figure out why if the *.Exists(0) in debug mode equals True, then why on earth is this line of code not reporting a true condition for ......

Posted On Thursday, November 6, 2008 5:56 PM

WebApp is busy, but browser is "Ready"
Ok so I've hit an ANNOYING snag in my automation travels at my New Co. which is starting to drive me NUTS. Apparently, on one of their Web Apps, the client couldn't tell when the application was processing something and therefore busy. This is in part due to the fact that when the application login is successful, they render it in a popup with no navigation or menus or anything. So you can't see the "e" spinning or the progress bar. I also suspect they are using a lot of AJAX calls as well but I ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 9:24 AM

QTP Battles & Victories
I've been slogging away on an automation framework update for the last 4 work days. What I have been working on is developing an action that will build an HTTP post for one of our functional applications. Its been a challenge b/c of the data differences between the typical UI and the post. For example, I can't pass in Years, I have to pass in a constant value of 2 for one of the post strings. However, in the endeavor I discovered something FANTASTIC about QTP which made me want to shout WAHOOO...and ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 9:17 AM

Ordinal Assignments for Webtables
<growls with frustration> In the 50 + automation scripts I've built since April, I have 9 that are causing me grave concern. These 9 cases use Table Checkpoints to validate a webtable data display inside one of our applications. Why is that such a big deal? Well...for some reason in the OR, QTP decided to only give these tables (its the same one in all 9 cases mind you) an Ordinal Index location for indentifying the Table. I have tried adding other attributes to the OR definition but EVERY ......

Posted On Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:13 PM

A Recent QTP Triumph!
As some of you may know, I am a Software Automation Engineer using Mercury QuickTestPro as my automation development environment. The company I work for is a web-based business with online application processes. One of the challenges of this online application process is that the business owners like to "tweak" these applications by changing question order, text, and in some cases question sets. To do this they create different "versions" of these forms. So if you navigate to the website and request ......

Posted On Friday, March 7, 2008 9:28 AM

Why does QTP lose its mind?
If you've been following my blog, you know that we use Mercury QuickTestPro here for our automated testing solution and I have fallen victim to one of QTP's quirks today. For some reason I have yet to figure out QTP occasionally loses it's mind. How can a software package lose its mind you may wonder? Well I'd like to know the answer to that question too. Here are the symptoms of QTP losing its mind: Objects that QTP once knew appear to be forgotten. Its as if QTP suffers from Alzheimer's or something. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:08 PM

Alas, No More Low Hanging Fruit
In the course of my growth as an automation engineer, I have come to the end of the "salad days." In my own self estimate, I am a wee infant when it comes to automation. Up until last week, I had been standing on the shoulders of giants, gifted beyond my own experience, and essentially wiring up the components they had already built. The luxury of already built and stable components came to a screeching halt last week. In the words of Boss Man, "the low hanging fruit is exhausted." Now I have moved ......

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 11:32 AM

Date compares between App display and Database Storage
I was working on a script yesterday and came accross a challenge I hadn't encountered yet in my automation scripting adventures. The page I was working on displays the dates of various status changes for the objects under test. So for example there were two dates on the page. One associated with when the object was created and the second was when the object status changed. And seeing as I have a strong manual QA background I thought...I can validate those dates NO problem. I know where they are stored ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:28 AM

Why oh why can't I cut and paste?
Yet another gripe about QTP...Why oh why can't I cut and paste calls to component actions between test cases?? The automation strategy we're using at my firm is a component method. This is where you build out resuable code modules for basic functions and then link them together within individual test cases with custom script code sprinkled about in a few places within those cases. However, what annoys me about this is some of those cases may only vary in one or two key code lines..and yet I have ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:32 PM

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