HP have released a Jenkins plugin for ALM, UFT, QTP and ST versions 11 and up.
This is a good move on HPs part – allowing automation to be run as part of a CI (or even a CD) process. I do think the outcome would be better for web/service testing as opposed to GUI testing, which does not typically support non-breaking changes like e.g. webservices do.
This does go some ways to increasing the value proposition for HP in the agile development process. But I do have to wonder if you are testing rest or webservices in conjunction with a web GUI would you even be looking at ALM, UFT or QTP as a solution?
I’ve been interested in trying to bring some form of static code and language analysis to test automation for quite some time and have never found a suitable tool (vendor or open source) for HP QTP, which uses vbs as it development language (for better or for worse).
Recently I found a tool (Test Design Studio), which support this out of the box. Much like the development community this allows automation teams to identify and eliminate technical debt (e.g. cyclometric complexity), while at the same time supporting targeted code reviews and provide training opportunities with the ultimate goal of producing stable and efficient automation code. This also has the benefit of driving consistenancy of implementation and promotes mobility for team members. I would also think that having this process in place would enable goverance around code quality for outsourcing or partnering with an external testing vendor.
Some examples of the built-in rules for langauge analysis:
- Promote use of the ‘Option Explicit’ statement to help enforce language rules
- Cannot make duplicate declarations of variables in the same scope
- Must use the various Exit statements in the proper context
- ‘Select Case’ constructs must have at least one ‘Case’ statement
- Use of ReportEvent for verification purposes is not allowed within the test
- The timeout for the ‘Exist’ method must be explicitly defined and should not exceed 10 seconds
The tool is extensible enough so new new rules can be added, which the vendor is very responsive on. Maybe they will add a framework to do this?
A sample deployment would involve buying 1 license and running the tool across all your ALM qtp assets on a weekly basis. Keeping track of the history will also allow you to identify trends and/or heatmaps.
I have not seen or heard if HP are thinking about this for QTP or UFT roadmap.
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