quarta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2013

QTP 11 + critical patches: first impressions

This was meant to be a post to talk and discuss all the new neat features found in QTP 11, but it turns out that I ended up uninstalling QTP 11, rolling back to version 10. And (spoiler alert!) bottom line, I had found only two new features, which.... you know... doesn't make you fall in love for this new version.

Yeah... reality sucks... I know. Don't blame me! Blame HP!

So, you are wondering why I had to rollback to its previous version, right? Lets talk about them.
  1. Most of the problems (not to say all) discussed in this blog were not fixed: I've retested all the issues I know regarding QTP and no one of them were fixed.
  2. Results Viewer screen is WAAAAAAAAY sluggisher than version 10: this new version brings a redesigned/re-coded from ground up, but turns out that it became too slow. Not sure why.
  3. No Alt + N feature in Results Viewer: an extremely useful feature present the in the past version is the "find next" feature in Results Viewer, which enables you to jump straight to the "errors" and "warnings" in your results.
  4. Flex add-in do not recognize objects: not sure if this issue is related to the new QTP version or the Flex add-in, but QTP doesn't recognizes graphs writen in Flex.
  5. Concurrent licenses issues: the licensing model adopted by most of the companies (one single server to serve all computers), turns to be a pain when you have multiple computers in your network consuming near limit licenses. Sooner or later, one's QTP will start complaining you do not have enough licenses to support all instances in your network. We suspect that Results Viewer app is also consuming licenses from your server, which is total/super/hyper/mega shame.
A very short set of feature were added in the version 11.
  1. Compatibility with new browsers (Firefox and Chrome): I haven't used it, so it's not relevant to me; if that's your case, I wish you good luck.
  2. New Report Viewer program: already posted my impressions regarding it; it seems to be a little better overall... but no.
  3. New Regular Expression evaluator: maybe this is the ONLY useful feature in QTP 11 that make me state "cool!", but it's not enough to keep the charm on me.
  4. New options in Object Spy detection screen: instead of having only the finger-pointed button, now we also have a "highlight in application", "add new object" and "copy obj properties to clipboard" button. They are handy... but very little improvement for a major release.

Long story short, bugs from previous version still pledge QTP 11, and lack of enhancements are all around.
Soon I will be posting several enhancement tips QTP definitely deserves.

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